It’s probably a weird thing for me to say being a blogger, but I think I’m over Pinterest. I’m slightly less over Instagram, but even so my interest in that social media is waning.
The thing about Pinterest is that it can be a very useful tool for collating your ideas about various projects and whatnot. I’ve certainly used it to plan birthday parties, our family photo session last year, to be inspired by beautiful spaces and to remember where I’ve seen awesome recipes.
When I first started on Pinterest last year, it seemed really cool and fun. I would sit there for hours refreshing the feed, looking for the next new pretty thing to pin. There was also a sense of anonymity on there because none of my real life friends were on Pinterest. So when I planned my daughter’s birthday party by pinning all the ideas I would use, people were surprised when they came over. Now, if they follow you on Pinterest, there’s no mystery.
I remember telling friend about how I loved Pinterest and how it would be such a useful tool for planning her up coming wedding. A few days later, her name popped up on the side bar and we began following each other. I noticed that she had pinned a few wedding dresses, flowers and make up ideas. The next time I saw her I commented on loving her choices. She said, “Please don’t tell anyone about what I pinned, I want it to be a surprise.” After that, there was no more pinning by my friend.
When Pinterest was this underground thing that people could only be ‘invited’ to, it just seemed a lot cooler. Now that everyone’s pinning the same inspirational quotes and moustache themed printables, it’s lost its appeal.
I’d love to keep using Pinterest, but I think it would be more appealing to me if I could curate a few private boards. Unfortunately, if all the boards went private, it would stop functioning the way that it does and wouldn’t be the resounding success story that it is.
Now, about Instagram. It’s a bit the same really. It’s become so ubiquitous. Everyone posting edgy, moody photos with the same filters and the same blurring. I like it because it’s easier to convey something that you’re feeling or doing in a picture than it is in words sometimes. It’s so instant and quick. But if I see another shot of coffee art with a warm filter I think I’m going to scream.*
(*Yes, I’m aware I am guilty of this myself. )
I wonder what the next ‘big thing’ in social media will be? Will I jump on it? Probably. Will you?