Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mirror Mirror On the Wall

Is Pinterest the fairest of them all?

Everywhere I turn, there's buzz about Pinterest. Over the weekend, there was an article in my local newspaper calling Pinterest "digital crack" for women which, quite frankly, I found a little insulting.  Still, being that I spend an obscene amount of time online, my curiosity was piqued.  I have a ton of friends (male and female, by the way), who really dig Pinterest. 

To me, Pinterest is like Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook all rolled into one, but Pinterest is a little more artsy, if that makes sense.  It's kind of like one giant virtual scrapbooking exercise.  It's great to "pin," for example, pictures of things that interest you like houses or cupcakes or books. 

As a writer, it would be kind of fun to pin a collage of things like the setting for your book.  Or characters or even clothing that you think your characters would wear if, let's say, you're writing a historical.  The possibilities are endless, really. 

One of these days, I'm going to get serious about Pinterest.  I'm afraid to dive into it too deeply at the moment because I fear a major time-suck brewing if I do.

Do you Pinterest?

17 comments:

Randy said...

Like you, I have heard a tremendous buzz about it. So far, I've held off because I don't need another distraction from my writing.

gaylene said...

For me, it's not a social network tool. I don't use it like facebook, because I don't care, really, if anyone sees anything I pin (I actually don't have any followers at all). I pin things I want to remember, like recipes, or pictures that inspire my writing. I rarely get on, but when I do, it's fun to be inspired to make that recipe again, or think about that part of my story again.

Michael Di Gesu said...

I read about this at Talli Roland's blog. I still haven't had a chance to check it out.

I don't have a single second to spare these days, so I think I will stay clear away for a while. At least until the summer and after all the edits and the A-Z challenge I signed up for...

Time is such a precious commodity these days. I don't know how you do it Liz.

I hope all is well in your world.

Charity Bradford said...

Funny, I just started one this weekend. Most likely I'll just use it for myself, and not as a networking thing. I started collecting pictures that I can use for inspiration for writing, a list of books, and home decorating things.

I don't know that I "GET IT" yet, but it could be useful.

Angelina Rain said...

Aww, what a cute picture!

Now onto the topic of pinster. I honestly haven't been intrigued by it. I really think that people are loving it now because it's new, but in a few months another new social media site will come around and pinster will be forgotten. I don't know, maybe I will change my mind eventually and join it, but for now I haven't seen the point of it.

Karen Walker said...

Nope nope and nope - I can't afford to delve into another media outlet - no time.
Karen

Melanie Fowler said...

I don't have pintrest, but I have friends who are writers and they post picture ideas for their books all the time.

Tracy Jo said...

Lol! I do Pinterest but try to keep it at bay. There are so many possibilities with it. It is like having a virtual dream board. Love it!

Talli Roland said...

You know it! :) I love it so far! It's been really fun building boards for my characters.

raelynbarclay said...

I see endless possibilities but like you I'm worried about the time suck. So I'm holding off for now. :)

Kittie Howard said...

There's so much buzz about it, I almost feel a bit guilty for not checking it out. But, for the first time, I'm entering the A-Z Challenge *gulps* and fear I'd get bogged down.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'm resisting. No time right now!

Trisha said...

I've been hearing about it all over the place, too. But I haven't given it a go yet. I'm almost scared to, in case I get hooked! Like on crack...haha.

Sarah Pearson said...

I'm deliberately holding back because it looks like too much fun :-)

Jean Davis said...

I don't have time for pinterest but I know lots of people who love it. I'm going to attempt to prove to myself that I have control over my level of internet distraction and avoid giving in.

Heather M. Gardner said...

I'm not sure I have another social network in me.
I reluctantly joined Google plus but haven't done anything with it.
I think we are spreading ourselves thin.

I hope you are doing better. I've been thinking about you.
HMG

Shirley Wells said...

I'm resisting it. For now. What with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ ... eek, I don't have time to write as it is. :)