Are you hooked on Pinterest yet? I go in and out of phases, mostly when I have a project I'm working on to distract me from actual work. Last spring when I was looking for a studio, I was pinning anything and everything to help me decorate this imaginary amazing place:
Of course, then I moved into a boring office space with grey carpet, fluorescent lighting, and a drop ceiling. I moved in quickly, and I didn't even paint the boring white walls. It doesn't have beautiful hardwood floors or cool brick exposed walls, but it's very safe and I call it home. I started a paper plane garland across the ceiling, and after months of them sitting in a box, I finally finished hanging one of them (there will be three, dammit). I am also planning on painting a chalkboard wall in the next few weeks, though. It will be Pinterest worthy, people. I hope...
About the same time as all the studio dreaming, I was obsessing over stylish baby girl clothing that I mostly couldn't afford. That was fun as it only involved making purchases and not actually following through with making actual clothing which is good since I can't sew...
Then I got very, very busy. I didn't go on Pinterest for months. I didn't waste hours scrolling through fun and inspiring pin boards. Don't tell the cool kids, but I kind of forgot about it. But for some reason, I got back on the wagon this year (or is it off the wagon? I always get confused which is which) and started pinning again. And it's So. Fun.
It makes me want to create things again. Things that I am not planning on selling. Things to decorate my house and my children's rooms with. Art projects to do and paint chips to recycle for alternative uses! Pinterest has no shortage of adorable DIY inspirations, and just to add a little performance pressure, they are very well photographed:
Such cute stuff. I hope I have time to do at least one
of these little craft projects...
In addition to all the fun, Pinterest is also being touted as a great way to promote products and drive traffic to your website. Even Real Simple magazine thinks so
. If I had time to look at my Google analytics, I could see if this is true for me, too.
Then there's the nagging question, How does Pinterest make any money? Here's an interesting article
about the founder that basically says it doesn't... yet
. It's been valued at $200 million
, but it doesn't actually generate revenue. Wow.
So what about you? Are you staying up late on Pinterest, too?