Building up the toolbox: Pinterest

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013
PinterestFor one of my assignments in the Event Planning class I took, I had to sign up and begin using Pinterest.  While I definitely use social media, I tend to be pretty slow to jump onto new tools as I know that these tools can be as much of a hindrance as they can be a help.  I had not heard of Pinterest before and was apprehensive of adding yet another tool to my toolbox.

Pinterest is a "virtual pinboard" that allows you to collect and store information visually.  The saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" really applies here.  Pinterest allows you to digitally store links to articles and instructions pictorially and organize those pictures in digital pinboards for future reference.  It is much easier to find information when you can see a picture of it, rather than have to read a text description.

The assignment was to create 5 boards with a minimum of 10 pins each.  Each board would be about a different aspect of an imaginary event you were planning.  I chose to plan an imaginary wedding, and assembled boards with wedding invitations, wedding cakes, flowers, wedding dresses and Disney wedding cake tops (because of course I had to include the Disney somewhere).

While I thoroughly enjoyed the assignment and recognized the power of Pinterest, I did not find an immediate use for it and actually stopped using the website for many months.  It actually wasn't until summer that I began to renew my interest in Pinterest.  One of my many hobbies is making handmade cards for people and I was stumped for an idea.  A friend had mentioned how she used Pinterest for creative artsy projects, and I decided to give it a try.  

I was very excited and pleased with the results and the power that Pinterest gives us to share creative ideas.  I have created many more boards since then, and am hooked on Pinterest.  I recommend it to people who are looking for a better way to organize their ideas and information visually and for a way to get or share creative ideas with others.  One word of caution is that like all social media, Pinterest can be incredibly addicting and it takes a great deal of self-control to use responsibly.  I do not believe, however, that this is a reason to avoid the tool, but rather that it should be used in moderation.

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