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Pinterest and Feelings of Inadequacy

February 17, 2012 by  

I admit it. I got sucked into the Pinterest bubble. I find this site *fascinating.* I’m fascinated by how quickly it’s grown, what a monumental force it is in driving web traffic, and how it’s such a colossal waste of time.

fascinating. utterly fascinating.

I must admit, though, that there is definitely a feeling of anxiety and insecurity when it comes to Pinterest. It’s easy to feel that if you aren’t already engaging in the site you’ve missed the boat (not true), or if you are on the site that you aren’t doing it “right.” Again, not true.

I did a little work for BlogHer this week. I spoke on a social media and how it effects women’s commerce panel, and wrote a little fluff piece on how Pinterest is a big traffic driver and shouldn’t be ignored. I still feel that way–this site should not be ignored.

I stayed away for quite a while (I joined last month at the encouragement from an IRL friend) because I was scared to get sucked into yet another THING. I’m kind of tired of having to “check just one more thing” before logging off the computer.

And then I started tracking my google analytics and realized that this THING was driving a crapload (technical term) of traffic my way. Pinterest is now my #2 traffic driver to the slow cooker site (after google) – I easily get thousands of hits a day from it. This isn’t someTHING to ignore.

(embarrassing disclosure: I’m not a typical BlogHer member. I’m a very late adopter to technical things. My slowcooker url is still on blogspot, I don’t have a facebook account, I was late to join twitter, and I don’t own a smart phone).

That said: If you aren’t on Pinterest yet, I’m going to boldly suggest that you poke around a bit, and create an account—even if you’re just doing so to claim your name. To see what from your site has been “pinned,” type the following into your browser bar:

http://pinterest.com/source/yoursiteurl.com/

It’s important to see what has already been pinned so you can then maybe re-link or refresh these particular articles, and to see what type of writing is currently the most appealing and most likely to be shared.

I wrote those words on Wednesday. Today is Friday. I still stand by them, but I have one caveat: be careful. If you are the type of person who gets intimidated easily by women sharing all the (perceived) wonderfulness of their lives, tread carefully.

Don’t follow as many people as you can; follow your friends (maybe even your in-real-life friends, not your blogging friends). Don’t believe that just because so-and-so repinned a photo of a “fabulous mudroom” her mudroom actually looks like that. Don’t assume that EVERYONE is doing art projects with their kids every hour of every day. Don’t get sucked into wanting to throw away all of your clothes to buy all new ones. Don’t make the mistake of judging a person’s bank account because they repinned a pair of $450 boots. They probably didn’t click through to see what the boots cost.

at least I hope that’s the case. otherwise my own boots feel terribly unworthy.

Pinterest is women-driven. And although most people (men) would think that men are the competitive sex, I’m going to suggest it’s actually women. Women want to do everything well all the time. Or at least we want to make it look that way. The fact that Pinterest is actually a vision board is quite telling. This isn’t real. This is a fantasy. Take a deep breath and remember that you are already good enough. You don’t need to have rockhard abs while whipping up 37 different varieties of cheesecake in order to feel good about yourself.

just be you.

further reading:

56 Ways to Market Your Business on Pinterest on CopyBlogger

Stop Being a Pinterest Sexist on Clever Girls

How I Grew a 1000 Visitor a Day Source of Traffic to 3000 Visits a Day on ProBlogger

You Need Pinterest. I’ll Bet You a Bubble Bath on BlogHer

What are your thoughts on Pinterest? Important? A Waste of Time? Just another social media THING? (my pinterest page is here, pinterest/stephanieodea)

 

 

The Business of Blogging series:

Part 1: The Business of Blogging

Part 2: Figuring Out Your Internet Voice

Part 3: Writing for Search Engines Doesn’t Mean Selling Your Soul

Part 4: Is Self-Esteem Tied into Sitemeter?

Part 5: Patience, and Other Blogging Virtues

and other stuff:

10 Best Business-y Books

Creating a (non-cheesy) Vision Board

Working from Home with Small Children in the House

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46 Responses to “Pinterest and Feelings of Inadequacy”

  1. Trish on February 17th, 2012 8:08 am
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    I felt a lot of what you’re talking about when I first started out. Everyone is pinning these awesome recipes, clothes, projects and I’m pinning right along with them, only I’m not actually DOING any of it. It’s like a lifestyle wish list. The thing is, I kind of had myself convinced everyone else WAS doing those things. I got over it though. I just needed to come back to reality!

    • Stephanie on February 17th, 2012 8:41 am
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      I think acknowledging why you feel weird about something is important, and I’m glad you figured it out quickly and “got over it.” Thank you for commenting, I appreciate it. I have such concern for new moms (especially them, actually) thinking there is something wrong with them because their mudroom, etc., doesn’t look like that.

  2. R.M. Koske on February 17th, 2012 8:26 am
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    It honestly wouldn’t have occurred to me to do the money thing about someone pinning $400 boots. I pin clothes because they’re pretty, not because I’d ever in a million years SPEND that or have any serious consideration of buying them. I pinned a $500 feather collar, after all. My style pinboard is about me figuring out what I like and how I want to dress. It isn’t a shopping list or even a wish list.

    On the other hand, I do get a weird dissatisfaction from Pinterest if I’m not careful. Some of it is a subconscious feeling that all these people are doing all these gorgeous things, as you said. I know the pinners aren’t doing them, but someone is or there wouldn’t be photos of a lot of it. It’s all the ambitious, gorgeous stuff on the internet in one place.

    But I think most of my Pinterest dissatisfaction is because it is somewhere I go when I want to be creative but don’t wanna get off my behind and DO it. I want better clothes. Do I go to my closet and weed out the dreck, make a shopping list and a plan? No, I go on Pinterest. Do I go to my sewing room and work on the gorgeous stuff that’s been sitting in piles for years? No, I go on Pinterest. Like Trish, I pin but I don’t do any of it.

    For light, eye-candy surfing, Pinterest can’t be beat. And when I was recently planning a project, it was slightly helpful in giving me ideas about what I did and didn’t want. But it seems to amplify existing dissatisfaction and I have to be careful not to allow it to blow a bit of a low mood into something huge and painful.

    • Stephanie on February 17th, 2012 8:36 am
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      that makes sense— I probably wouldn’t expect you to purchase a feather coat. :-) I definitely hear you on the DOing rather than surfing. I like planning out the vegetable garden, but I should probably go out there and weed instead of just pinning fun planter boxes.

  3. Heidi on February 17th, 2012 8:29 am
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    I use PInterest as a visual bookmarking system. It works much better for me and I find that I refer to a webpage more if I have pinned it, rather than bookmarked. That said, I pinned a lot of your recipes to my “slow cooker” board, but I had trouble with many of your pages when trying to pin them. An error box would pop up saying that they could not detect any photos on the webpage (?!!). So, I took a screen shot and pinned that to my board along with a link to the webpage. It worked for me, but probably not the best marketing tool for you. I have a new MacBook and use Google Chrome, if that helps solve the problem…

    • Stephanie on February 17th, 2012 8:33 am
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      huh! I wonder why? thank you for letting me know; I appreciate it.

      I agree with the visual bookmarking; that’s why I particularly like it.

    • Kelly on February 28th, 2012 8:27 am
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      That’s exactly is Heidi — visual bookmarking.

      I am rennovating my bathroom and will be working on parts of my house that I just bought. I use Pinterest to save and organize the installation tutorials or decor ideas I want to use during the remodel. Instead of trying to track down a specific post on installing beadboard, I just Pin It while I’m on that site and I can easily find it again when I need it because my boards are organized.

      It’s much more of an organizational and idea-generator thing than anything else. It’s a great place for readers of blogs with original content (like this one!) to share things they want to remember or revisit. That’s all, not scary ladies!

  4. Jenna Baze (@RatherGeeky) on February 17th, 2012 9:17 am
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    I view it as an inspiration board (like Heidi mentioned). I don’t pin pictures of my family or my own life (in fact, I think that’s rather silly since there is no protection or privacy on pinterest… I don’t understand why people pin photos of their kids or family members…. hmm). I use it for ideas… and as a replacement for the photocopied library book pages that I put in sheet protectors and stored in binders for keeping track of recipes, interior decor ideas, etc.

    I think if it makes you feel inadequate… you’re doing it wrong. :)

  5. Shelle on February 17th, 2012 9:41 am
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    This so great! I actually just posted about Pinterest on my blog this morning. I’m pretty okay and accepting of my ability to absolutely and totally be NOT PERFECT, so I really don’t get intimidated by all the perfect ideas I see pinned. Pinterest is quite helpful for brainstorming and keeping ideas and pretties organized.

    • Carrie on February 27th, 2012 9:14 am
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      That is exactly how I feel! I have been pinning things that I would like to try myself, or give me inspiration for something similar. I do try to avoid the “This is my X room” pictures. I know I won’t ever pull together the amazing hotel/resort style rooms they have so I figure why bother. I love finding the creative ways to reuse objects that could be found at a goodwill, garage sale, or even your own storage room though. And if I can’t put them together right now? Well, then I have a place I can look when I am able to do so. :)

  6. Dianna on February 18th, 2012 6:37 am
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    I thought this post was really interesting, especially since I am one of ‘those moms’ who will feel bad comparing myself to other people’s ideals. However, I guess I didn’t see Pinterest that way, but as a bookmark like some of the commenters above. I save my ‘favorites’ all over my computer and then can never find them again. Having a place to save them where I can see the picture is wonderful! I do usually stay away from the pins of perfect decorating/style/bodies, etc. and go for the easy meals, kids activities and ideas for crocheting (which I’m trying to teach myself through Pinterest and YouTube). I have found such great recipes and ideas for kids’ parties on there and I was super excited to see people posting your website because I have been following it for years! I think the creators of the website are very creative themselves but it is true that you have to be careful how you view what you see and that you don’t lose all day on there!

    • steph on February 18th, 2012 7:30 am
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      Hi Dianna, I’m so glad you don’t see it like that; I agree— using it as a visual bookmarking tool is exactly what the designers had in mind.
      I’ve gotten some great ideas from that site, including one we’re going to do today: glue 5 coasters to a board, attach handles to the side, and put it on the counter. This was the juice/water glasses are all contained in one spot and each family member has a designated coaster.

  7. Holly @Frugal Living Now on February 18th, 2012 9:48 am
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    Wow! Thank you so much for this post, Stephanie!

    I have loved Pinterest for a while and used it to promote my jewelry, but it never occurred to me to promote Frugal Living Now in this way (DUH!!)

    I just checked for pins from my site and there were quite a few! Now I am off to do some “pinning” of my own! Thank you!

  8. Sarah on February 18th, 2012 10:11 am
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    I find it fascinating that after ‘requesting an invitation’ on the site I have been sent an email which welcomes me to the “pinterest waiting list”. Talk about creating buzz. They are pure genius. Must be watched.

    • Stephanie on February 18th, 2012 10:29 am
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      that’s pretty sneaky. I just sent you an invitation; hopefully that will work.

  9. Melissa on February 18th, 2012 11:37 am
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    Oh, I loved this post, Stephanie! Seriously, this is the first time I’ve been able to read through a Pinterest post without having my eyes glaze over. I’m on Pinterest and have been for quite some time, but I can’t figure out how to log back in so I’ve only been there once. =) Seriously, I’m so inadequate when it comes to some of this stuff. But, you know what, when you reach a certain age, you no longer give a poo about stuff like being inadequate. Or being a dork, or wearing two different colored socks (a famous trait of mine, long story on why), or not even having a mud room. I do have a mud carpet on occasions though. Anyway, thank you for this “reality” post. I think I’ll take your advice and poke around, if I can figure out how to get invited back in.
    Melissa

  10. Julia on February 18th, 2012 4:09 pm
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    I actually love pinterest. It helps me to relax. I love looking at the travel destinations, esp. the tropical ones. I also enjoy cute pictures of puppies and kittens. I just opened an etsy shop and I find inspiration from some of the other crafts on pinterest. I made one of the recipes I found, it was for no-cook cake batter balls and my girls and her friends loved them. When I see the pictures of the perfect homes or wardrobes it doesn’t make me feel inadequate at all. It’s more like I look at the idea and if I like it I come up with a way to do it myself inexpensively. I love your blog btw. I can’t remember how I found it though!
    thanks!
    Julia

  11. Jenna on February 18th, 2012 7:09 pm
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    I’m a visual person, so I only use pintrest as an online cookbook. I can look at the pictures of the recipes I want to prepare rather than a list of recipe names. The photos are more appealing and appetizing. I don’t worry about what anyone else is pinning etc. This is just my collection of recipes.

  12. EG on February 18th, 2012 7:23 pm
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    I don’t know, I love it. Although I know many who have said it’s a huge time-waster and makes them feel inadequate, I don’t have that feeling. I rarely peruse the “Everything” section. I read a lot of cooking and quilting blogs. So now, as I read, I immediately bookmark what interests me. Then when I am, say, menu planning, I just open my Food board on Pinterest, look at the pictures, and choose what to cook that week. I’m someone who never makes recipes with no picture by them in cookbooks, so it’s a great medium for me. I no longer have a 100-item list of bookmarked recipes (okay, I do – I haven’t pinned the keepers yet).

    Another example of how it’s helped me: I spent time looking at color swatches specifically thinking of a hypothetical “man quilt” for my husband. I settled on a color palette, which, of course, I pinned. Then last week when a new fabric line came out, I didn’t have to hem and haw about it. I pulled up my color palette on Pinterest, compared it to this new fabric line, and knew it was “the one!”

    The growth rate of Pinterest is bananas. I’ve been on for several months, but in the last month the thing has exploded.

    Happy for you that it’s driving traffic to your sites!

    • Stephanie on February 21st, 2012 10:50 am
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      I love the visual menu planning technique you describe! what a fantastic use for the software; thank you for sharing.

  13. Robin on February 19th, 2012 4:45 am
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    I’ve been on Pinterest for a while and I love it! I don’t find it competitive at all and I usually don’t pay attention to who’s pinning what. I use it to organize recipes, fun project ideas, holiday ideas and design ideas….all in one place. I add it to my board and then know right where to find it when i need it…even from my iPhone! Some folks have said that they are not actually “doing” things on Pinterest, but I’ve found quite the opposite. I am completely inspired by the site and have had more motivation to DO, since I’ve been pinning. Glad it’s driving traffic your way…I have all of your books and I’m a huge fan :)

    • Stephanie on February 21st, 2012 10:50 am
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      thank you Robin! It sounds like you’ve got a good system going–no need to change, then!

  14. Sandy Cooper on February 19th, 2012 7:25 am
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    I am the only female on the planet who is NOT on Pinterest. If you could see me, I’d have my “talk to the hand” pose up. Then I’d put my fingers in my ears and go “lalalalalalala.” I’m so afraid I’ll get sucked in. I spend so much time trying to declutter my life, unsubscribing from e-mail lists and screening phone calls and tossing mail before I step into my house…it just seems counterproductive for me to choose to join a time-sucking site.

    I’ve heard it’s awesome.
    All of my friends are there.
    Everyone talks about it.

    I feel out of the loop completely.

    But, I think it’s the best decision for me to stay away. At least for now.

    I love you, Steph.

    • Stephanie on February 21st, 2012 10:49 am
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      you’re definitely not the only female, Sandy. :-) Like any new and shiny thing the brightness will wear off; I guarantee it. Decluttering your technical inbox is a very noble and worthwhile thing to do. I won’t peer pressure you, and I’m honored to have made the cut. :-) xoxo

  15. shelley on February 21st, 2012 7:08 am
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    lots of good advice, both in your blog post and the comments. I’m not on PInterest for many of the reasons mentioned above. Just shared this on my FB page and wanted to get some feedback from my group of friends… I’m thinking that I’m in a rut and that the whole vision/dream board concept might be the healthiest approach for me if I jump on the pinning bandwagon. Thanks for the honest and thought-provoking post!

    • Stephanie on February 21st, 2012 10:47 am
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      Hi Shelley, I do like vision boards a lot– it helps me to focus on what I *really* want, and this is a great use for pinterest—especially if you can block out the other stuff. thank you for commenting and for sharing on FB.

  16. Judy Cox on February 21st, 2012 10:41 am
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    What a great piece! And it’s very true. I spent the whole day pinning things the other day. Both repins and original pins. I had other things I’d planned to do that day, but got sucked in to pinterest. And not for the first time.

    I’ve written on my FB wall “If I spent as much time doing the cool things I find on Pinterest, rather than pinning more cool stuff, I might get something done.”.

    The other day, I was going to post “Some days, I really hate how much I love pinterest”. I made up a gift instead. I uploaded it to my fb, but for the sake of sharing here, I put it on my flickr. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7197/6917486741_69b00dfca4_m.jpg

    But your post is such a good reminded and not just about pinterest, that not all the project turn out cool (see my fiasco with the bottle cutting with string/lighter and polish remover).. and that many of those moms or women are just repinning (regurgitating) what they’ve seen elsewhere.

    I use it for inspiration. I’ve tried a few things I’ve found on pinterest – some work, some eh, and some not so much. But if nothing else, it got me up doing something. :)

    • Stephanie on February 21st, 2012 10:46 am
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      thanks for sharing, Judy. It’s definitely a double-edged sword. Motherhood can be so isolating at times, and I love how the computer brings together people who wouldn’t ordinarily have the opportunity to do so…
      but real people and real lifee still need to come first, and sometimes the lure of the electronic device is just too much. for all of us. lots of love. xoxo

  17. Amanda on February 21st, 2012 1:52 pm
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    Like a couple other people mentioned, I use Pinterest mostly as a virtual cookbook…I think I’ve made more new recipes since joining a couple months ago than I’d probably made in the last 3 years! I went through and pinned all my internet bookmarks, my “starred” blog posts in Google Reader, and currently I’m trying to match up the Word docs on my computer that originally came from somewhere online. It’s definitely a traffic driver, though…the other day I pinned a recipe from a blog (not yours, though I have a ton of yours pinned!), and within 8 hours had gotten over 500 repins! Apparently it was a really appealing recipe. Even if only half those people actually go to the blog to read the recipe, that’s still a ton of people who maybe never would have found you otherwise, and if you have ads driven by pageviews that can add up.

    Other than cooking, I mainly use Pinterest to gather ideas on organizing, party planning (just threw a baby shower planned mostly via pins!), activities for the kids, photography tips and inspiration, and home design. I pretty much ignore the style, the travel, the celebrities, the “witty” pictures/quotes, and the bucket lists. If only my friends ignored those things too I’d be much happier!

  18. Katrina on February 22nd, 2012 4:52 am
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    Interestingly, I find Pinterest to be inspiring. Since I started using it, I’ve actually started cooking some of the recipes and was inspired to get back into my sewing room and create things. Not everything I’ve pinned, by a long shot, but the visual stimulation has been invigorating for me.

    I’m not a keeping up with the joneses person and I live in the woods in Vermont, so maybe that’s why I’m not making myself feel inadequate by looking at it.

    That being said, do I spend hours on pinterest a week when I could be creating instead, absolutely. Is it another time suck? Absolutely. Is it a great Internet marketing tool that shouldn’t be ignored, absolutely.

  19. Kim (Cook It Allergy Free) on February 22nd, 2012 8:32 am
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    And THIS, my friend, is why I love you so much. You just wrote exactly what I have been thinking. While Pinterest has been driving a “crap load” of traffic my way as well, and while I do spend far too many long stretches of time browsing what appears to be the perfect lives of others on the site, I find it to be a total time suck. And all of those things I have pinned just makes me feel like I am creating some GINORMOUS (another technical term) to-do list of crafts, home projects, and recipes that will NEVER get done!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Steph!! I could not agree with you more here.
    xo
    k

  20. Melissa on February 23rd, 2012 11:54 am
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    I LOVE this article and I love Pinterest!! I don’t understand this feeling of inadequacy thing. I’m not feeling inadequate because I’ve only done 15 things out of my 150 pins. I’m feeling great because I never would have had the initiative or creativity to do ANY of these things without Pinterest.

    I’ve only been on there since October, and so far I have made my kids snowman pancakes with bacon scarves, used ideas for our Elf on a Shelf, made my daughter a Christmas tree shirt out of ribbons, etched glass and made foot salt scrubs for Christmas gifts, done a piece of artwork and several recipes. Which is saying alot for me since I work full time as an accountant and have NO creative side to me whatsoever. And I’ve bought buttons to do some other cool artwork with my daughter. So that fact that I can copy other people’s ideas is great!!

    So, my advice is to use it as an inspiration to try and do new things, and not as a measuring stick to see how you compare to others!

  21. Laura (Cornerstones for Parents) on February 23rd, 2012 4:51 pm
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    “At least I am not the only one . . .” That is how I felt after reading this post.

    I wish I could give credit to the originator of the following quote, but it has become my mantra as of late: “Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides.” Pinterest is a whole lot of other people’s outsides. Plus, most women/moms are stretched thin enough – we need less things to do, not more . . .

    Thanks for the post,
    Laura

  22. My Little Otter on February 29th, 2012 5:23 pm
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    I had this conversation with a friend just the other day. She was telling me how Pinterest makes her feel bad about herself.

    I’m lucky enough to realize that the facade that most people put up isn’t entirely real. Honestly, the facade gets so old to me…if I want a fake airbrushed view of life, I’ll go and read a magazine.

    I like life. I love life and I’m happy in life. Life is sometimes messy…and it definitely does not look like most Pinterest pins.

  23. KarenP on February 29th, 2012 5:44 pm
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    Nice post! I have just started using Pinterest but am not completely sucked in yet. It is a nice way to remember things for later, and I have also noticed that it does help drive traffic to my blog.

  24. Taran on March 4th, 2012 8:24 pm
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    I found you through Pinterest. Your blog is actually one of my greatest finds of all on Pinterest. But I agree, you can’t get swept up in it. Great Post.

  25. Lani on March 6th, 2012 12:15 pm
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    Love your post about not feeling inadequate by the things online, especially Pinterest. I do go to Pinterest a lot, and I pin WAAAAAY more things than I actually end up doing, but I have to say that I try to (at least occasionally) attempt a few of the things I have posted. I’ve cooked a few of the recipes and tried some of the crafts. I’ve even done an activity or two with my kids! ;) The home decor items and clothing items are things that I like and would love to have in my home or wear, but in all honesty they’re just something I like, not that I expect to become a reality.

    It’s a fun way to pass the time if I actually find time to waste! Haha!

  26. AnnieB on March 8th, 2012 8:38 am
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    Just when I thought I had come to the end of the Internet I found Pinterest ! Which Of course led me to you! My husband Loves that I found all this because 1) I am pinning all these recipes I probably wont get around to making and I am not printing them . 2) all this is keeping me entertained as the winter months here in U.P. are long VERY long and I won’t end up regretting letting him move me up here!(not that I would anyway cause this is Gods country!) 3) I feel so much better I haven’t hit the end of the Internet cause I think there will be a sign telling me I’ve wasted my life and I’m not ready to see that yet! Thanks Again for all your Recipes!

  27. Shari Lynne @ Faith Filled Food for Moms on March 9th, 2012 5:59 am
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    Great article Stephanie..it is so true. I think that anyone could feel intimidated by the shear amount of eye candy on that sight. It is so pretty and fun to look at all the pictures and dream and get great ideas. But I would beware that you can be sucked into a fantasy world if not careful. LOL

    With that being said..I’ve been totally surprised at the amount of traffic this little newbie has received from Pinterest..and I’m just a dabbler!

    So I’ll still dabble and dream and have fun, but I won’t actually expect my own home to look JUST like the movies:)

    Blessings

  28. Lillian on March 16th, 2012 7:32 am
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    LOL…very funny and very true! I’m on Pinterest, but not as much as I used to be…I’m so proud of myself for that! lol! I tried that url address that you posted, but its broken! Do you have a different one because I’d love to see if any of my blog posts have been pinned by someone other than myself! Thank you! =)

  29. Dawn on November 28th, 2012 11:49 am
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    I love Pinterest, but only because I use it as a type of virtual inspiration board. I pin things that I like, regardless of the cost. Why? Because I get inspired by things I see, even if I know that I’ll never be able to afford it.

    Also, I’m decorating a new home, so I pin things which inspire me. I’m not interested in copying what I see, but I do get good ideas. Also, I pin recipes so that I can come back to them and try one out every now and then, since I do love to cook.

    It’s a little bit odd, really, that I feel depressed when I hop onto Facebook, but I feel the opposite–happy and inspired–when I’m on Pinterest. Maybe the major difference is that I’m subconsciously comparing myself to others when I’m on Facebook, but I’m not comparing myself to anyone when I’m on Pinterest.

    I look at Pinterest the way I look through magazines. I leaf through, looking for good ideas, but I know that I may not get around to doing 90% of them. And that’s okay with me……it’s still fun!

  30. Tess Trowsdale on March 8th, 2013 5:17 pm
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    I rarely comment, yet I’d like you to know that I appreciate your recipes and your articles. I’ve been checking your recipes before I stuff the pot for years now. I always felt inadequate as a mom just looking at all the magazines out there. We have to remember that everyone has their area of talent or expertise and none of thes people do it all either!
    Pinterest is my online magazine on steroids. I don’t have to wade through the tons of advertising to see what I want, and there’s no paper for me decide whether to recycle or hang onto until I can clip and organize that one article or photo ( yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen). I just have to remind myself to “put it down” when my leisure time is up just like I would the printed version. I can always go back to it later.
    The best part is, now I know where to start marketing my reclaimed combo stained and painted furniture. The inspiration is unbeatable and literally at my fingertips
    Thanks for being a part of my life all this time Steph . All the best to you and yours! Watch for me.

    Tess Trowsdale – Altered Estates

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