I know I usually post things I love on Tuesdays, but I was on my way home from a Ray LaMontagne and Brandi Carlile concert on Tuesday and was way too excited about the Custom Pony Contest to remember (also, it felt like a Sunday to me). But I do want to tell you about something I love. Nay, something I’ve become a bit obsessed with. It’s called Pinterest.
Never heard of Pinterest? Neither had I before I started reading Amber West’s blog. Her Friday Inspiration posts always come with little photos from Pinterest. Not sure what the heck it is? I wasn’t either. Even when I first went to the website. It’s just a bunch of pictures. It’s kind of like a less-linear tumblr. But the more I looked through it the more I realized that it was the PERFECT tool for writers. You know how some people have those giant pin boards with things that remind them of their novels? There’s no way Hubs would ever allow me to do that in the house. But I can do it here. I’ve only just started that board, but already it’s filling up with photos and quotes that remind me of Fie Eoin. I’ve also got one for Book of Souls, although it’s mostly photos of Bruges, Belgium right now.
But Pinterest has become so much more awesome than just a place to keep story ideas. One of the first things I started collecting was colorful pictures that make me happy. I mean, how can you visit that page and NOT smile? It’s so bright and cheerful! I’ve got one for quotes that also make me feel better. One for house decorations. Hairstyles. Clothes that I want (the best part of the Pins? They link back to the original page they came from so you can always find out where that super cute skirt came from, or the directions to make a clementine candle). Some of the evil people that I follow have a whole page with nothing but photos of chocolate or coffee. It’s kind of like having a magazine delivered to you every day, with everything you could ever want in it (except porn. There’s no porn for you tumblr people).
If you find someone who always posts pins that you like you can start following them, so their pins show up on your home page and you don’t have to go searching for them. If you like their fantasy pins but can’t stand their sense of style and the ugly shoes they keep pinning you can chose to follow just their fantasy pinboard. Or follow just their ugly shoe pinboard, if that’s what you’re into. But beware, Pinterest is super addicting.
In fact, when I’m having a bad day at work I’ll take a five minute break and check out the Everything board, where the most recent pins show up. Find new people to follow, find some pins that I like, and go back to work feeling a little bit better.
Are you on Pinterest? What’s your favorite site for inspiration?