Saturday, February 11, 2012

Any Interest in Pinterest?

I hate to be such a cliché, but I find myself somewhat addicted to Pinterest. Technically, I suppose it is a social networking site, as you can share with other pinners, follow them, comment on their posts...but it's all - for me, at least - image-based.
It reminds me of the pre-internet days, when we kept scrapbooks of ideas for the homes we'd have one day, or style ideas, or party themes, or inspiring images - whatever. Except it's easier and doesn't involve notebooks, scissors, glue, or clutter. I've been using it to mollify if not satisfy my deep yearning to be in the garden again, and to help reify my vague ideas of what I'd like to do with my home interior. I also sometimes pin images which would have made the Thursday Inspiration post, except there weren't enough good images online.

I keep seeing jokey articles and tweets about how Pinterest is "catnip for women." Someone took the trouble to construct this mildly amusing graph:

...which implies a zero-sum game: anything she enjoys is a distraction from the rightful object of her attention, which is him.
Ooops, sorry! Who let the feminist out? Actually, if you want to read a good feminist assessment of the tech world's reaction to Pinterest, check it out here. MarySue does a much better job than I ever could.
Anyway, that's all a sidetrack. What I wanted to say is, come play with me! I am betting the readers of this blog would create share some amazing images.


Unknown said...

I confess, I am totally addicted! I love it and slowly am finding other potters out there...which just made me think of another board to make: kiln porn! I'm heading over- meet me there ;)

Unknown said...

I am head over heels in love with Pinterest. Gasp! My husband and male designer friends are too! But it does seems to attract more females than males. It seems anything that is predominantly loved by women is going to get bashed, especially on the internet. It gets old, doesn't it?

Unknown said...

P.S., how can we not be addicted, with so many incredible ceramic artists on their, sharing all their stuff? I have found more new artists because of that site than all my previous years on the internet!