Roughly 250 million people -- including nearly all American youth, the majority of my high school graduating class, and my mother-in-law -- joined Facebook before I took the plunge and created a profile two years ago. My hesitancy stemmed from ambivalence. Do I need this in my life? Do I want this in my life? I honestly didn't know.
Even after joining I nearly deleted my profile several times, but I've since come to peace with this facet of social media.
Recently as I've thought about joining Pinterest, I faced the same ambivalence. I have friends who say that it's wonderful, but there's always a tagline about its addictive nature which makes me ask those same questions: Do I need this in my life? Do I want this in my life? I honestly don't know.
I decided to check it out to decide. I began searching for craft ideas to do with my daughters, who were with me at the computer while I browsed. This was a novice mistake -- a tactical error that I never will repeat. I shot down thirty-seven requests of "Oh! Oh, Mommy, please, can we do that?" in rapid succession.
No, we cannot hot glue 64 crayons to a canvas and melt them with a hair dryer right now. No, I do not have self-rising flour to make paint that puffs in the microwave. No, I do not have yarn to crochet that for you -- nor do I know how to crochet.
But we did make some nice hand puppets out of paper. We have paper in spades and I am a competent folder.
So, yes, I am now on Pinterest with the full intent to handle it delicately. I don't want it to suck away time that would be better spent elsewhere, and I will be sure to research ideas for the kids when they aren't present.
Plus, I have ideas to contribute, people, like this one below about how to store jewelry.
Do you have any pieces of jewelry that you don't remember to wear because they're buried in a drawer or a box? Instead, put them on display. I bought an inexpensive package of cup hooks, screwed them directly into the drywall in my closet, and hung my necklaces where I'm most apt to see them.
See, I'm a Pinterest natural. Want to follow me?
Are you on Pinterest? If so, please share your insights with me. Who should I be following? How do you use the site? Recommendations are appreciated!