Pinterest. Thoughts?

Hey wonderful blog readers!

I am hoping you are still there, in spite of the fact that I’m posting so infrequently these days.

I have been asked to prepare a presentation for church (for the Relief Society birthday lunch) this Saturday. I’ve been asked to talk about Pinterest (really!)

If you’re online much then you’re likely aware of this 2 year-old website that has taken the social media world by storm, growing to more than 10 million monthly visits. You might also be aware of some controversy around the legality of pinning images and content that are copyrighted by others. As you might guess, I’m excited, but a little overwhelmed by this topic and I NEED YOUR HELP!

I would like to focus less on the social media aspect of Pinterest and much more on the visual bookmarking of great ideas. Pinterest appeals to me because it is so visual and because it is so EASY to use. I now have a fantastic way to save/bookmark inspiration and instruction for ideas and projects I want to remember. Turns out, this is why it appeals to most women. Pinterest is also distinct from other social media (ie, Twitter and Facebook) because it isn’t so much, “Look at me!” as it is “Look at This!” so there has been a shift in emphasis (at least in it’s intended use) from “Here’s how great I am” to “Wouldn’t this be great!” Frankly, rather refreshing!

I do feel like Pinterest can inspire and encourage us in creative pursuits, from gardening and home decor to party planning and holiday prep, but I worry that it might replace a true need for creative self-expression with a virtual experience that is counterfeit in it’s ability to truly nurture.

Is this making any sense?

I also really like the idea that my Pinterest account is a reflection of my personality. I suppose this is the storyteller in me, but I find that when I am feeling low, I can hop on my boards and sort of “reconnect” to things that fill my bucket and give me energy. I can walk away motivated to get my work done, so I can play and create something fun.

Anyway, I’m interested to know how you are using Pinterest and if you have ideas or advice that I can share in my presentation. Feel free to share any thoughts, feelings, recommendations you have, or respond to one or more of these questions …

1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?

4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.

5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

AND … if you don’t know much about Pinterest, I thought Katie (over at The Daily Digi) did a wonderful job with this tutorial. You can also learn about Pinterest HERE. If you don’t yet have a Pinterest account and would like an invite, feel free to email me stacy@stacyjulian.com and I’ll send you an invitation.

Thanks for your help!

Comments

  1. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? i use it to bookmark all my inspiration. Before pinterest i used to copy each photo into my iphoto and keep it in one giant folder there. I could never find what i was looking for when i wanted to though, and i love how you can organize your pin boards the way you want to, and everything is organized and easy to find again.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? It’s a great source of inspiration, i am a design student, and my pins often spearhead ideas for projects and such. I also love it because it allows me to organize everything and find it again.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? Mostly design inspiration, home decorating, and quotes. Those would be my top 3 boards i pin to the most.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    It’s a mix of both, if i see something on the web i like i’ll pin it, but i also use the pinmarket as well to repin things.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    i have done a couple DIY projects, mostly for christmas this year. I also have a project life pinboard, that i use weekly for ideas for photos or layouts and such.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I use it as a distraction tool a lot, but thats the same with any social media site, like facebook or tumbr too. But i do find that i am able to pull myself off of pinterest easier then facebook.

  2. I love Pinterst! I use is for it’s intended use – a virtual pinboard. Before I was bookmarking, saving to my hardrive, making lists and spreadsheets, whiting post-it notes, emailing to myself, printing out and keeping in the binders in desperate attempt to save the things and I ideas I like and want to remember. Now I have one answer – Pinterest.

    I love it because it is visual, and I am a visual person.

    My 3 most populated boards are Crafty Projects, Jewish Crafts and For the Home. I also create specific boards when I am looking for ideas for specific events, like a sleepover party.

    I re-pin others but mostly I am pinning ideas from the blogs I read.

    I tried some recipes that I found on pinterest and I am using by Layouts and Cards board for inspiration and ideas.

    I wish I could listen to your presentation :)

  3. I actually have a blog post about this in my drafts folder for later in the week, too funny.

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    I am using it because its much easier to for me to keep track of projects, supplies, etc than using evernote or a bookmark folder, plus its just more visually inspiring.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    The fact I can follow the the people whose art/creative process I admire and see what is inspiring them.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?

    My top three are usually Scrapping, embroidery and sewing or quilting.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.

    I think its pretty 50/50 for me, although at the beginning I was mostly re-pinning things as I got the feel for the website.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    I have made several projects I found on pintrest, and implemented inspiration from pins into my projects, although my finished project looked nothing like the original pin.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    I am in law school so I really have to watch my time on pintrest lest it take over and hour of my day and I not realize it. It really depends on my schedule how disciplined I am about it. It is a very easy, and deep, rabbit hole to fall into.

    Hope this helps!!

  4. Jeanne Ann says:

    Pinterest is so much fun! I discovered Pinterest quite by accident about 3 months ago when a friend (and scrapbooker) invited me. I found that I could spend way too much time on it if I let myself and had to curb the appetite by only scrolling through one page a day. I have repinned mostly, only pinning on occaision and find it a great way to gain inspiration for projects, cards, home ideas, gardening you name it. Like you, I find my boards to be a reflection of who I am and even where I want to go. Travel, fitness, you name it you can find it on Pinterest!

  5. First of all, I really think you should watch this video clip:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2bKwJJJTLU

    It’s from Time Out for Women and it’s called “The Beauty of Inadequacies” by Sara Wells and Kate Jones, the women behind the “Our Best Bites” blog. They make a great point about Pinterest, and other social media. Plus, it’s funny! :)

    I’m a pretty new Pinterest user but I’ll answer anyway:
    1. Because it’s much easier to keep track of inspiring pictures/tutorials/ideas than bookmarks. It saves time–no more wondering “now which blog did I read that recipe on?” and clicking through all my bookmarks.
    2. I love that I can organize by topic. It’s like a virtual filing cabinet.
    3. Home Decor, Organizing, Homeschool Ideas
    4. More repinning, by a small margin. I follow a few friends & people with good taste (like you!) and there’s plenty of good stuff to repin.
    5. Yes, I recently made some pillows for my bed, and this week I’m using some ideas for a baby shower I’m helping with.
    6. That’s a really good question. I don’t check every day. I quickly scan what’s new and “like” things instead of repinning, because it’s faster. Then I occasionally go through my “likes” and if I feel like repinning something, I click through to make sure the link is back to the original before I repin. I think it’s super important not to pass on bad links.

  6. Cathy L. says:

    Hi, Stacy! I use Pinterest for inspiration! I find it’s a great place to find and keep track of recipes when it’s one of those “What’s for dinner” nights. I love to find tutorials for make-up application and hair styling. Also, I have found it’s a great way for me to discover scrap-book bloggers that I had not heard of before, simply by clicking on someone’s pin and being routed to a website. So, my top 3 boards are: Recipes, Hair/Make-up, and Scrapbooking. However, I just recently figured out how to actually “pin” something, so these boards are pretty naked at the moment!
    For a friend’s surprise 40th birthday party, I scoured Pinterest for a home-made “gag” type gift. Found the perfect idea and recreated it! It was a hit at the party. I have also pinned a really cute treat bag idea for St. Patrick’s Day that I plan to make for my daughter and perhaps her classmates. As far as guarding my time so I don’t lose productive time…I’m still learning to master that!

  7. What a fun topic to share with others. I’ve been on pinterest for about a year and I love seeing so many others get on board (first heard about it from Angie Lucas on Paperclipping Roundtable).

    1. I love finding inspiration on the internet. I used to drag links onto my desktop, but I had a hard time remembering what they were or why I had them. Then I started organizing those links into folders, but that still wasn’t really working for me. I’m essentially a visual person, but I don’t want pieces of paper (like from magazines) all over my house. I like keeping things electronically. Pinterest was a perfect fit for me. It was visual, which I LOVE, it allowed me to keep my inspiration organized, which I LOVE even more, and it allows me to gather inspiration from others. LOVE that too!

    2. I kinda answered this in question one, but I love that I can visually organize inspiration I find all over the internet and keep it in one place. I also love how easy it now is for me to give credit to the right person when I’m inspired to create something based on what I’ve seen on the internet!

    3. Favorite Layouts, Recipes, and Kid stuff

    4. The MAJORITY of my stuff are things I’ve pinned. I have a few people I follow and repin things I’m interested in, but I almost never search the general boards. I only repin from specific people I follow, that I know I share interests with.

    5. I have, lots! I use my favorite layouts boards regularly when scrapbooking. And I also use the recipe board a lot when meal planning. But I’ve even participated in some Pinterest blog challenges and created some projects for my home.

    6. I really don’t have too much trouble with that. About once a day I scan facebook, twitter and pinterest. Typically it’s a quick scan through and then I move on. I tend to spend much more time on my blog roll, which may result in pinning, than I do searching through pinterest.

  8. Dear Stacy,
    I have been introduced to Pinterest by you. Although I have had my account a short time, I love it passionately. It helps me on several levels. I have a ‘School’ board where I can pin ideas (and I actually use the ideas!) I have one of projects to do with my boys and it helps my memory to have them logged there. Pinterest is like a little notebook and it can be accessed from anywhere (no more losing that notebook!). I also have a board of things that make me happy and it is nice to be able to go in a safe, comforting place that is guaranteed to make me smile immediately. Interestingly, I have a board for photographs that have caught my eyes and it has completely surprised me to see what I was drawn to: pictures of flowers, trees and sun rays and the moon and a lot more flowers. I never thought I needed to connect with nature like that. I’ve lived half of my life in Paris and the other in London. In none of the pictures is there any trace of human presence, construction. Pure, delicate and beautiful nature. That for me is sending me (unexpectedly) on a self-discovery journey.
    As for pinning or re-pinning, at first when I saw something of interest on Pinterest, I would always click twice so that I would get on the original website. This is a way of getting more information and pinning the best photo for me. Nowadays I tend to go directly to these websites that I have bookmarked. Pinterest has enabled me to discover some websites or blogs that I would never have known about otherwise. So, in that sense, it does act as a wonderful filter taking into account my interests.
    Pinterest defines me, helps me, makes me happy, and, let’s face it, I get a kick out of something on one of my boards being re-pinned many times. It’s a sort of validation. I love that I can keep information tidy and in one place that doesn’t produce any clutter. I also feel accountable for what I pin. It is there constantly reminding me to act on it. As opposed to ideas jotted down somewhere or clippings lost in the mass of paper at home. Pinterest fits my life perfectly.
    Good luck with your presentation!
    Valerie

    • Valerie — thank YOU. I love your thoughts and insights on Pinterest helping you discover things about yourself, also the idea that you feel accountable for all these ideas that you can SEE. I appreciate you taking the time to respond so thoughtfully!

  9. I haven’t made myself a Pinterest account feeling like I would allow it to become quite a time sink but I am just commenting to say, YES, we’re still here! :)

  10. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? I love having visual bookmarks of specific items I want to have easy access to.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? Inspiration and ease of use.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? Craft/seasonal, home decorating, and recipes

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? I do more pinning. I don’t make much time to actually browse at Pinterest. I go there mostly looking for something specific that I pinned myself.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? I love it for menu planning. I have boards for freezer cooking, desserts, main dishes, and slow cooker recipes. I have used these to help me menu plan and try new things. I’ve also used scrapbook sketches and recipes homemade beauty supplies. I made a board called “Pins I’ve actually tried” so I can keep track of progress and make notes about the results.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? I don’t do much browsing. If I do, I set a timer so I know how much time passes. I love having the “pin it” button in my browser’s menu bar so I don’t have to go to Pinterest in order to pin something.

    We’re hosting a baby shower at church next weekend, and everyone involved is bringing a Pinterest inspired recipe. It will be fun to try new things!

  11. I love Pinterest!! Interesting topic to speak on. :)

    1. I don’t even think of Pinterest as a social thing and have even made a conscious decision to not follow someone just because I know them. I only follow boards that I’m truly interested in and that helps cut down on unwanted pins to sort through. I definitely think of it more as visual bookmarking rather than a social thing.

    2. I love that I can name my own boards and organize them however I want to. Also love that there’s such a large variety of inspiration available on one site!

    3. I’m always drawn to organizing, paper crafts, and new recipes.

    4. I mostly re-pin things, but also do a good bit of pinning as I read blogs.

    5. Yes, I’ve made quite a few things from Pinterest! I’ve even set up a board specifically for the things I’ve done so that I can easily go back and find them later.

    6. It’s hard to get carried away and lose track of time, I’ll admit that! I like to avoid searching categories every day (in the category tab) and stick to just quickly browsing the new pins from the boards I’m following (on the home page). I have to resist following every “organizing” board I find and realize that most of them are pinning the same things anyway.

    I’ll be hopping over to check out your Pinterest account now! :)

  12. Like you I love getting inspired or reinspired about thing that fill my bucket. I know lots of people get sucked into all the deliciousness and it’s easy to do, but I knew I had it mastered the other day as I was browsing, I got half way down the page and I suddenly had to shut off the computer and hop up to GO and actually do something I had been looking at (in the end it much more gratifying to accomplish stuff than to just bookmark it). I have made A LOT of things that I have found and pinned there. I love the ease of refinding my favorite things and to see it all in one place, just makes me happy. My husband commented last night how much he loves Pinterest. He’s been totally impressed with the food I’ve been making from recipes I’ve found there. My other biggest board (besides food) I call, “I could make that” it’s DIY/crafty projects. I’ve been making so many cute things lately. Way more that I have in the past several years put together.

    I know you are focusing less on the social aspect of Pinterest, but I do have to say how connected I feel to some of the people I’m following, even though we rarely actually have a conversation. It is gratifying to see what we have in common, what others are interested and like, plus the sharing of good ideas is always a bonding experience.

    I hope someone asks me to speak on Pinterest someday ;) good luck with that.

  13. 1. I joined Pinterest mainly to see what was the big deal about this site.
    2. I love that it is a way for me save all those great ideas I find on the internet. I used to print things off but I would eventually lose them or throw them out.
    3. The thing I pin the most is Recipes, Home Items and Gift Ideas.
    4. I repin more than I pin.
    5. I have made several of the recipes I have pinned on the site.
    6. I was told before I got on this site that it was incredibly addicting. (which is why I held back joining for a while.) I find it a lot less addicting than facebook. I look at the boards but I really don’t see it as a social website at all. I “drop by” to see what people are pinning but if there is nothing of note, I get right back off.

  14. I use Pinterest to keep track of things that I find on the internet that I like, or want to buy, or want to cook. I pin more than I repin. After pinning, I use my boards for a mood lift on a difficult day. So far, I haven’t lost too much time while “pinteresting”, but I use it mostly for me, and not so much for social networking.

  15. Monique Nugent says:

    Hi Stacy, I just LOVE Pinterest! Here is my 5c worth!

    1. I am using Pinterest because I am absolutely a visual person. I used to just bookmark sites, recipes etc but they just came up as URL links, so it was very hard to find things. So I use Pinterest to keep track of links that I love.

    2. The best thing about Pinterest is the visual aspect. If I want to find something to cook I will just go to my recipes board and look at pictures of all the yummy dishes till I find something that grabs me. If I want to scrapbook a page, again I go to my scrapbooking board and find something inspiring. I do the same with fashion to get ideas of something to wear etc.

    3. My three top boards are in descending order are Recipes, Things to Make (sewing, knitting, crochet, etc), and Quotes.

    4. I think I probably do about 50/50 pinning and repinning. I also really try to make sure that if I repin, the link to the original is there, and if not, try and find it and pin from the original. Pinterest is not helpful if there is no original link.

    5. I have done a number of projects that I found via Pinterest – recipes, scrapbook pages, Project Life inspiration, creative projects like knitting, printed out quotes, found ideas for a new outfit! I just love it. I have also found some new websites by clicking through to the original website.

    6. I know, how easy is it to get hooked and lose an hour or so! I don’t really use any other of these types of websites (i.e. Facebook or twitter) so am happy to lose myself!

    Hope that helps
    Monique

  16. Please include comments about copyright and Pinterest in your presentation. Posting, ownership and copyright are all big concerns since this site is so new and longterm issues can develop.

    I am using it for wedding decor ideas for my daughter.
    It is great for inspiration, but I have choosen to be a lurker and not a Pinner at this time.

    I know you will have a wonderful presentation.

  17. Nancy B says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? It’s a great storage place for great ideas! I love that I can pin something here and then be able to find it almost immediately so I can show my mom when I get home.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? It’s really easy to use. My Pin It button works so much better than my visualize buttone ever did! And I can find things really easily as well.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? Recipes, DIY or craft ideas, holiday decor. oh and books! I know that’s four.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. I do more re-pinning than pinning but I’m still fairly new to Pinterest and I think it takes a while to really “get” the whole concept of it being a storage place for the whole web.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? Not yet but that is due to lack of 1)funds, 2)energy, or 3) time. It’s definitely not due to lack of great ideas!!

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? When I get to the end of the section/page, I CLOSE the tab and go on to whatever.

  18. 1. I use it to organize and save things I like for later. I used to bookmark, but I rarely went back to things, because I couldn’t figure out where to find it, or even what it was. Sometimes I even printed, or saved things (like recipes) but none of that worked so well for me as Pinterest does. I don’t think of it as social media at all, and I certainly don’t use it that way. For that matter, I rather wish it wasn’t. I’d just like to pin stuff for myself.

    2. I love that it is a VISUAL way for me to keep track of things, and I can organize them in a way to make the ideas useful.

    3. I mostly pin fun stuff to do with my young kids, or educational ideas to do with them (I homeschool). I also pin a lot of crafting tutorials and recipes.

    4. I very rarely re-pin. I don’t surf or browse Pinterest except on rare occasions. I have a number of blogs I read already, and I pin ideas I like from those, or often those blogs link/refer me to something else interesting, and I pin that. If I am looking for specific ideas for a birthday theme or something, I might go to Pinterest to search for that.

    5. I am pretty pleased with how much I have implemented! I have done several crafty projects, tried several recipes, etc. My guess is about 30 things. Let me be clear though, these are not things I FOUND via Pinterest, but things I found, and pinned for myself to find and implement.

    6. I guard it by not browsing Pinterest. I spend too much time reading blogs that I have subscribed to via a reader (which I try to limit), and following trails those lead me down. I don’t need to spend more time on Pinterest. But I like that it gives me an organizational tool for the stuff I find that interests me.

    One example: I subscribe to your blog. You posted your sister Chanda’s granola recipe. It sounded good to me, so I pinned it to my recipe board. Then I used the pinterest app on my phone to find the recipe again, get my shopping list made, and to follow the recipe to make the granola. I’ve made it twice now! Yummy!

  19. I won’t bore you with answering the questions the same as all the other people here, but I wanted to mention a way that I use Pinterest that might be a little different than many. I have a board for “Ideas for Military Families”. I use it to pin home decor (framed maps, for example) that can show where we have lived, or where our friends live now, where my kids were born (England), or where Daddy is going this summer (Afghanistan). I pin ways that we’ll be able to keep in touch with my husband, and interesting ways to count down his return. I pin crafts that use out of date uniforms. I pin ideas to keep the kids busy all summer, and crafts they can make to send to him.
    So along with all the crafts, home decor, and all the other wonderful things we can pin, I have one that will come in very handy soon.

  20. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? to remember ideas I see

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? great ideas

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. just started…

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? not yet

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? I don’t have that much time so I just see stuff on facebook, blogs etc & check what other talented people are pinning

  21. I <3 Pinterest, but as a school librarian I wonder about copyright. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2012/02/29/businessinsiderpinterest-copyright-.DTL It's been in the news some. I do not know how this will be settled. I really hope it is legal and legit and stays around a long time!

  22. I’ve learned so much from you,it’s hard to refuse you; and my sons are getting their teeth cleaned, so here’s my long reply to your Pinterest questions:)

    1. I’m a visual learner and visual “remember-er” so other bookmarking systems never worked for me. I can quickly scan a board and find the idea I vaguly remember seeing somewhere online, and voila, there’s the “how to” linked to the image.

    2. I can quickly scan a board and find the idea I vaguly remember seeing somewhere online, and voila, there’s the “how to” linked to the image. Also, love that many-like-minded people who read more online than I do have already culled a ton of great ideas for me. My sons all have spring birthdays and we’ve gotten so many great ideas by searching “LEGO birthday” on pinterest. We would have had to go through lots of advertising/junk sites to find the gold via google.

    3. #1 Basement. We’re slowly finishing our basement and Pinterest has been a marriage-couselor:) I’m not good at describing what I want in ways that make sense to my very literal-minded husband. But I can show him an image on my basement Pin board and he totally gets it (even if he doesn’t agree). This is alone is priceless.
    #2 Motivation. I’m a newbie to the gym and to running. I need constant inspiration to keep working and moving in this area. This is the board I make a point to review often. I think it’s helping rewire my brain:)
    #3 Holiday ideas or Recipes

    4. I try to resist repinning because it is a time-suck, but I do both.

    5. I have a board called Completed Pins (though I need to update it more!) for the crafty things or items purchased that I no longer want on my “to do” boards, though I don’t move holiday or recipes I’ve made, since it will be easier to find them on the original boards. I have used a LOT of ideas and even more recipes from Pinterest. I also LOVE how easy it makes it to include an image on a blog post that will keep a link to the original source.

    6. The only time I look around without a purposeful intent is when my husband is watching TV. I don’t like watching much TV, but he likes me to be with him and enjoying inspiration while he watches a show is a great combination:)

    Unusual board: I joke that Pinterest is my EHD for my vanishing memory—and I love this board with general inspiration for the kind of grandparent older parent I want to be. I loved your use of the word “curator” on a recent Paperclipping show and feel that Pinterest has turned us all into curators of our boards.

    Thanks, Stacy…and congrats to your son on his mission assignment. As a non-Mormon in Utah, I’m glad to hear he’ll be coming our way!

  23. I thought I’d just answer a couple of your questions:

    How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? I would say I am doing about 1/2 and 1/2. I am keeping everything that I want to remember that I see on my blog reader or other sites on Pinterest so I pin quite a bit of my own content.

    Related to that question and the question about managing time investment: I try to go and quickly browse what people I follow have pinned every day or two lest I get too far behind. Only if I have a lot of time will I go out and seek new boards to follow or browse a Pinterest defined category or seek new boards/people to follow. Even more rarely I’ve gone out in search of specific inspiration on a specific topic (for instance I did go looking for Mardi Gras recipe ideas).

    Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? I have definitely made some recipes and I have used it for inspiration for paper craft projects. I have had a couple of epic fails when I’ve tried to duplicate something specifically but that’s part of the creative process and not every link leads to an explicit tutorial/directions.

    Have fun presenting!

  24. Lindsay says:

    I love Pinterest and was happily pinning away (mostly on food/party/craft boards) until recently. Then I started thinking about the copyright issues involved. First I read this post:

    http://www.livinglocurto.com/2012/02/letter-bloggers-pinterest/

    and then this one:

    http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/

    Now, I am stuck in limbo trying to decide if Pinterest is really okay to use. I love it for inspiration. I love it for its visual rewards. I just worry that there will be some problems in the future. For now, I will probably keep looking for inspiration there put not pinning.

  25. What a fun RS meeting. I use Pinterest and love it for the ability to “file” an idea that I might really like to follow through on. I am currently saving ideas for our next Family Reunion. But I thought I would share my weakness in case I am not the only one that confuses doing what I enjoy with accomplishing my goals.

    I spent years clipping recipes and carefully filing them. I used them and I learned a lot about techniques and skills as well as having a specific recipe. But I like to acquire and sort and refer to recipes more than I like to cook and I still have trouble thinking of something to make. And in the last couple of moves I have thrown away most of my carefully saved recipes. So I have to be careful. I think I am learning and preparing but too often I am avoiding the actual doing in the process.

    I have a tendency to spend more time consuming (even if it is in the name of research, decision making and learning new skills) rather than producing something. I need to remind myself that being creative needs a finished product and not just the fun of finding and learning about new possibilities.

    Perhaps reading blogs counts as wholesome recreation for me and as long as I confine it to an appropriate time limit, I should be fine, right?

  26. 1. I started using Pinterest to save ideas that I liked online- whether for my “real” job teaching or for my “fun” job teaching scrapbooking and stamping.

    2. I LOVE that not only are all my ideas/inspiration saved in one place, but I can SEE what it is that I liked about the site or the particular image. It’s really easy for a great website or idea to get lost in a list of favorites or in a document to save ideas, especially if you can’t see what it is you saved.

    3. My top 3 boards are Paper Crafting, Quotations, and Classroom Ideas.

    4. At first, I used Pinterest to pin ideas from the web, but now I also repin things that I like/want to remember from friends too.

    5. I’ve implemented both crafty ideas and teaching ideas, but I’ve got way more projects/ideas hoarded up than I will probably ever get to implement/create!

    6. Guarding my time? What’s that? No, seriously, Pinterest has taken over a lot of my Facebook time, which is okay by me. It is generally something I look at in my “spare” time if I’m browsing; otherwise it is for saving ideas when I am searching for an idea on purpose.

  27. WOW! Here’s what’s funny…I just couldn’t jump on the Pintrest bandwagon at first. I really REALLY avoided it. Just another time-suck, was my opinion. BUT…THEN…YOU CHANGED MY MIND!!! You featured a pin on your blog a couple of months ago, which, when clicked on the image, led me to your site, into one of your boards. And I saw for the first time how it COULD be used for more than just grabbing images you liked for no apparent reason. I realized you could use this as an online file system, to organized all those awesome ideas you find that you want to do (in your home, in your garden, in your scrapbooks) and I sudden saw the VALUE of using this site.

    At first I was freaked out, too, by all the people whom I never met visiting my boards and pinning my images. Wanting to get to the bottom of it, I traced a few back to THEIR boards to see WHY they took MY idea, MY image and realized their “X” Board was empty, except for the few images/ideas they snagged from me. WOW! It hit me like a lightening bolt. YOU inspired me and now I’M INSPIRING THEM!!!!! I was suddenly apart of this awesome current of creativity and I realized I LOVE IT!

    So I grabbed my “board” and jumped in!!!!

    1. I’ve started using Pintrest to capture ideas for a special interest group (Girl Scout Swaps), but have added boards to capture DIY craft ideas, home decore images I want to mimic, recipes I want to try…the list goes on. I’m getting very creative and capturing a LOT of fun stuff to fill my boards, and my life!

    2. I’ve come to LOVE Pintrest because I’m INSPIRED. I’m so amazed at the vast community out there, but it all feels so obtainable through Pintrest, because for every commercial idea I find out there, I see 10 home-crafted versions!

    3. Top 3 Most Pinned: Craft projects (DIY), Home decore ideas (both Commericial and DIY) and Holiday ideas (decorations, crafts, recipes…all things Christmas or Halloween or Tea Party)…closely tied with PARTY IDEAS.

    4. I suppose I re-pin MORE than initial pin and here’s why…once I find something to pin, it sends me to my board and then I see that someone repinned from that board and I might follow that pinner to their board, only to see they have all these OTHER ideas I re-pin to MY board. And once you’ve done that once, twice, ten times…you are lost in Pintrest-Land and have re-pinned 1000 times MORE than you ever pinned!!!!

    5. I have made a couple of Girl Scout ideas. I’ve only just started, though, so I have PLANS for the near future to make several DIY projects…INCLUDING those fun candy jars that My Craft Channel featured last week!!!! [AND...BTW...Thanks to Megan P and her post just above, I'll be starting a Project Life board...Thank You Very Much, Megan!]

    6. HA HA HA HA HA HA LOL HA HA HA HA HA HA HA … well, seriously? I suppose I guard my time by toddler distraction. She screams for my attention, it breaks my Pinning cycle. Otherwise…it’s easy to really just go and go and go and go!!!! It’s fun! It’s colorful! It’s inspiring! It’s creative! It’s friendly! And of all the places in CyberSpace to spend your time, wouldn’t you want it to be all these things????

    (Fun interactive post! Thanks for giving us the chance to comment on a very fun and addictive site!!!!)

  28. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? just like you to motivate, inspire and get my mojo going!!

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?how easy it is to keep great ideas all in one spot and the versatility

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? diy crafts, womens fashion and scrapbooking

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. recently started pinning but majority is repinning

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I have done TONS of them already and have two more ready to go this weekend!
    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    i use a timer!! LOL

    Hope your talk goes well!!!!

  29. I like to use Pinterest when I have a certain thing or project that I am looking for. I can go to Pinterest and search for whatever it is and often find what I’m looking for. I use it most for crafty things, DIY home decor and sewing ideas. I think I find ideas and pin them just as much as I re-pin ideas. I don’t really like browsing Pinterest (just like I don’t like spending much time on Facebook) for more than 5 minutes, so it’s easy for me to limit my time on it! I’m usually only on the site to look for something specific. I have completed a couple of the sewing projects that I have pinned. Right now I’m working on sewing some baby bibs that I found pinned to my Fabric Crafts board: http://pinterest.com/sammie_coxbill/fabric-crafts/

  30. Jane F. says:

    1. I use Pinterest mostly to save ideas that I like for a later time but I also do like the sharing aspect.

    2. I love most the variety of items on there and its ease of use as far as pinning something you find on the net and want to share or save.

    3. Cute or funny (mostly animal pictures and funny cartoons), Project Life, Recipes

    4. I mostly repin but I do pin when I see something I want to save

    5. Yes, I did crafts with my son for Christmas and some for myself. Also used some Project Life ideas.

    6. I am trying to watch my time on the interest in general and improve.

    Hope this helps!

  31. Carrieh says:

    1. I love Pinterest because of all the inspiration, plus the fact that I can pin an idea & keep it rather than having to print out ideas & try to remember where I filed them.

    2.Love most? The ease of looking for things as well as categorizing my boards by theme, etc.

    3. My top interests right now are ideas for homeschooling, party ideas & ideas for seasonal decorations/celebrations.

    4. Both pin & re-pin

    5. Yes, I’ve used several ideas, especially those for homeschooling.

    6.tough one. Some days I time myself, some days I lose time–it can be very relaxing.

    5.

  32. 1. I use Pinterest to keep track of things that I want to go back to/ideas I want to remember. Once I would have used bookmarks – Pinterest is MUCH better!

    2. That it’s so visual (and easy to use).

    3. Craft Idea, Scrapbook LOs, Useful stuff (ideas for doing things better/smarter/more beautifully, especially around the home)

    4. Very little re-pinning, mostly pinning the things I find while surfing the web/reading blogs

    5. Have scraplifted two of the LOs from my Scrapbook LO board, and crocheted a cute owl from my Craft Idea board (I have 60 pins in total, so that’s a 5% conversion rate!)

    6. I rarely visit Pinterest itself, I just use the service to keep track of the things I find from the sites I go to anyway (I follow around 12 blogs, and have ‘liked’ 6 companies on Facebook where, if I like the look of their update, I will go to their site for a better look). I have largely kept to a self-imposed limit of 60 minutes on the web – usually in two sessions (morning 15 mins, evening 45 mins). Having a limit has really helped me reduce the aimlessness of my web surfing!

    Thanks for the opportunity to comment, Stacy – an interesting set of questions!

  33. Carol Grady says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I use Pinterest as inspiration for many aspects of my life. From crafts to family to ideas for our home, I find that there are so many wonderful things out there.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    I love that much of what I find that interests me are items that are re-purposed. I love being able to find uses for things in ways that I never thought of.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    My top boards are craft ideas, recipes that I want to try, and DIY/home ideas

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing?
    I do a combination of both…I would say I re-pin about 60% and pin 40% at this point.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I have cooked many wonderful meals. Love those recipes for the crock pot! I have also found many crafting ideas that I have completed.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I browse in the later evenings after my daughter goes to bed and my husband is reading. This is time that I don’t feel guilty about because I am not being pulled away from my family. I also pin with my little girl as well. She loves to help me find ideas and things for us to make together.

  34. 1. I use Pinterest to keep track of ideas that I see online and I really like that it’s so visual!

    2. I LOVE how easy it is to go back and retrieve my pins so I can use them or be inspired all over again. And I love how easy it is to pin something when I’m reading blogs, getting email notices or browsing online.

    3. My top 3 boards are scrapbooking & cards, quilts and travel.

    4. I most often pin from other places but when someone pins something from me, I sometimes do a quick visit and will repin an item or two from them.

    5. I’ve used lots of recipes, sewing and crafting ideas, and SB inspiration.

    6. I try to limit the amount of browsing to evenings and do bits and pieces here and there instead of hours at a time.

    Thanks for asking! Have fun with your presentation – I wish I could hear it!

  35. Hey cute stacy! Totally overwhelming topic.

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    For inspiration. To give me a creative outlet, and to get me in the mindset, when I need to get going on a creative project.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    I can spend minimal time to be inspired. I can visit the key points and projects on blogs that I wouldn’t normally know about!

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    Cooking, DIY, Crafting

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing?
    I probably do 40% pinning myself and 60% repinning.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I have implemented and created numerous projects & recipes. I try to not pin things unless I think I really could do them!

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I usually go on pinterest for a reason. I am looking for a recipe, I need to create and so it helps me get in the mood, and I always try to do it during naptime, or when my kids are asleep. I also have made a rule to be off my computer by 10:30 so my husband and I can have quality time together. I have to set rules, otherwise I could really spend ALL day on pinterest!

    Hope that helps!
    Good luck with your lesson!
    Mandy

  36. I wholeheartedly agree about what you said about visual bookmarking. This is the strength of Pinterest, that I can quickly browse through “the best” of the Internet and then I can actually find it later.

    I do also like the social aspect. Not that I care “who is pinning what?” but that I can find friends with similar interests and taste and be inspired by them.

    Mostly I pin recipes. I LOVE it for recipes. I also like pinning inspirational quotes and “funnies” for a pick-me-up.

  37. Hi Stacy! I love Pinterest! And I would love to share my thoughts with you.

    1. I use Pinterest as a place to keep all of the cool ideas that I find on the internet. It is also fun to see what kinds of things are catching my friends’ eyes too.

    2. I love the ideas that it gives me.

    3. My top 3 are Food, Clothing (getting ideas for outfits), and Crafts (mostly card making and journal ideas).

    4. I would say mine is about half pinning, half repinning. I have a strict rule that before I repin, I always make sure that it is easy to find the original source of that pin. I have friends that pin like crazy just from the image that they see, but they have no idea how to get to the place where that pin originated in order to get the instructions, recipe etc. Before I repin, I always make sure that within 1 or 2 clicks, the pin will go to the original source.

    5. Implementing is the best! The thing I implement most often is the food ideas. I have been trying several new recipes a week from Pinterest. It makes my family happy. I think it would be sad if I sat around pinning all day and never used any of the ideas.

    6. I try to look at Pinterest once a day just to see what my friends have pinned. I rarely search for something by keyword. Several times a week I will pin something from blogs that I read. All in all, it has been pretty manageable.

    I hope your presentation goes well :)

  38. Why using it? It’s a time saver. I can see something cool and don’t have to get every detail of it this second or risk loosing it. Lots of ideas I like, but when it comes right down to it, I won’t use most of them so the time I took to get all the details and organize them was wasted. Now it’s a quick pin and ready for me IF I decide to look further into it.

    Best part – ease of use, there is NO learning curve, you just use it.

    Area’s of interest – I rarely search specific, when I have time I see whats there and start pinning.

    I mostly repin, I don’t have time to search on my own. The couple times I have though, I remember to pin it and am so grateful for this very useful tool.

    I’ve completed a few things, mostly it’s a potential idea board.

    I guard my time in that I don’t get on unless I’m allowed to kill that time, but really I just browse through and see what’s there. I’m a feast or famine pinner. Not on for a week or two and then every day for several days.

    I like not having to reinvent the wheel. I respect people’s ideas and creative outlet in that I’m not going to sell off an idea as my own, at the same time, I’m not going to go hunting for the original source of an idea for two reasons: first, there really is nothing “new” under the sun, it all stems off someone else somewhere and second, I’m not really doing anything with these ideas other than appreciating that someone was willing to share it in the first place. Being pinned is flattering, take it that way.

  39. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I used to just bookmark my ideas then I started using Tumblr — however, I found that hard to use and I had to make sure I copied in the web address to make sure I had the source for later etc — anyway, found Pinterest through Paperclipping Roundtable and instantly loved that all my ideas could be stored in one place and I could find them in a visual way — not by remembering the name like my old bookmarks.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    VISUAL and all in one place — Oh, I hope nothing ever happens to the site! I like that it is not just one storage place, but the subcatagories I have set up within that one place allows me to keep ideas on such a wide range of topics and my food is separate from my knitting ideas, teaching ideas, home decor, scrapbooking etc. It really is an organizer’s dream! Oh — it is also super easy to use.
    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    Hands down it is food — and I have several boards of it! Just too hard to resist to not repin the yummy goodness you see there, but also a great place to put other recipes I find online. Next would be my Holiday boards — specifically Christmas/Winter, but I have a board for every holiday — I love seasonal decorating and making things, so great place to keep my inspiration for future projects. Next is a close — either my “school things” board — for when I eventually go back to the classroom or my “Yarn” board to track the many knitting projects I want to someday do!

    4. I re-pin a lot. However, I have a list of blogs that I like to routinely visit and often pin from those. When I first joined, about a year ago, I pinned like crazy. I still pin a lot, but try to be more prudent in my pinning — am I really going to make this? will this idea really influence a future project? If not, then I try to let it go.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I have! However, not as much as I would like! One of my friends made a board titled “things I have tried” I keep meaning to do this — I think this is a great idea to track things and to make yourself accountable for actually trying out some things! For me I have tried a few recipes, have made a Christmas card holder, used several of the ideas for card inspiration and some knitting ideas.

    6. Pinning can get addicting and can quickly suck up the time and I find that I have to be very careful that I don’t spend more time looking for ideas than I do executing ideas! My main pinning time is actually in the morning as I eat my breakfast and drink my coffee. I also like to steal moments throughout my day because I find that I can check the boards that I follow rather quickly to see if there is something that inspires me — so literally a few minutes before the bus comes or a few minutes in the evening is all I need. But, I do not include in this time that I pin ideas from the web, because that is random and is whenever inspiration hits me.

    I have to say I really like Pinterst — however, the thing I do not like about it is I feel that so ideas before too well known throughout my group of friends. Now, I don’t want to sound like I should be the soul keeper of all inspiration, but what I mean by this, is if I come across a cute teacher gift idea, I am hesitant to use it thinking that he may get several of the same because I know many are looking at the same idea. The other problem I have is while I love the sharing of ideas, so I wish I could keep to myself. If I see a gift idea for someone, I may not pin it because I don’t want the recipient to see it before I create it. Maybe I just need to adjust what I pin. Still mulling this over.

    Good luck out you talk — I hope all goes well.

  40. Wow, what an interesting topic for a RS meeting, I’m going to have to pass that idea on…

    1. I use it to track anything online that I want to be able to find again quickly—recipes, quotes, decorating ideas, favorite blog posts…I have pinned a bunch of my favorite conference and BYU devotional talks too.

    2. I too LOVE the visual aspect of it. It really does make me happy to just view my colorful boards.

    3. It was interesting to find out what I most pin…the three boards with the most pins are Words (mostly quotes), Recipes to Try, and Home.

    4. I probably re-pin about 60-70% of the time.

    5. Yes! I even created a board to track what I’ve done and my feedback. I’ve found some awesome recipes, including a low-carb crepe recipe that is amazing. :)

    6. Yeah, I really need to do a better job of this on all areas of internet use, not just Pinterest. I read a really interesting article about this (that I found on Pinterest, incidentally) here: http://segullah.org/daily-special/the-battle-in-our-brains/#comment-197141. The crux of the talk is that “the battle today, between Babylon and Zion, is being waged between the synapses of our brains.” So pertinent to this question of wasting time online. I have had success in not allowing myself online until I’ve studied my scriptures. Also, I find that Pinterest isn’t as addicting/compelling as it was at first…

    Good luck with your presentation, I hope you post about it! Hope you keep pinning too, I love your finds!

  41. 1. I use Pinterest as a way of collecting and organising things I come across that interest me – it has waaaay more room than my little cork board! *smile*

    2. LOVE that it is visual – it is quick to find something or an idea that I have formulating and someone else may have already thought of.

    3. Cards, party theme ideas (for planning my kid’s birthday parties generally, but also colours or patterns or themes that I can bring into my cardmaking or scrapbooking) and “fun” – things that just take my fancy – like a pink bicycle!

    4. I’m probably 20:80 my own pins:repinning. That’s because I find it easier right now to see if someone else has already found what I would like to see. When I have time to check the blogs myself, I tend to pin more then.

    5. Yes, many. Right now for instance, I’ve been planning a party for my soon to be Mr8 – a lego party. Have gotten sooo many ideas – like a great banner, biscuits, how to create a lego cake etc etc – it has been perfect!

    6. Guarding my time is something that I am pro-actively working on now. I pretty much allow myself just 15 minutes when I go on unless I am looking for something specific.

    Would love to see your presentation once it has happened! How cool!

  42. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    To keep track of decorating ideas, cooking ideas, and crafting ideas mostly. Much better than using a traditional bookmark. I can find the stuff much easier as a very visual person.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    That it is so visual. Totally suits me that way. I’m an avid reader, but my mind remembers how things look more than words that represent it.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    1. Projects to do 2. For the home 3. Scrapbooking/cards (two boards, tied for population)

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    Lately mostly repinning, but I do sometimes get ideas from my google reader at which point I go to the blog and pin from there (google reader doesn’t let me pin directly from there). When I do that, I quickly get caught up in the other boards and end up repinning several, so my repinning to self-pinning is easily 5 to 1.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I recently started a new board titled “Completed Pinterest Projects” to which I move things from my “projects to complete” board once they’re done. Valentines for my kids to take to school, a box to hold said valentines, and a teacher gift are in there.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? I just try not to go there to often :) About once a week I get drawn there. Then I just can’t stop!

  43. 1. To keep all the wonderful inspiration I come across in one place.

    2. Love the inspiration, coming across random things I may never have discovered. A source of inspiration for scrapping, teaching and life

    3. Colour inspiration, quotes and scrapping are my top 3

    4. Mix of repins and pinning directly from a source

    5. Used some teaching ideas, colour inspiration for scrapping and some cooking ideas

    6. This is something I initially have trouble with but I find I use it less on a daily basis now and just scroll through once/twice a week. i also add pins as I read blogs

  44. Laurie T says:

    I use it as inspiration for great ideas. I love the fact that it’s so easy to login and get right into my boards and searching. My top 3 boards are home decor, craft ideas and DIY ideas. My daughters and I have made many things from the ideas we’ve found on Pinterest. Once in awhile, we’ll have something that doesn’t turn out, but for the most part we’ve been having good luck and made some pretty cute things! I don’t go on it every day (too much of a time sucker) but when I do go on, I try to give myself a time limit so I don’t waste precious time.

  45. 1. Specifically, I’m using it for how it was initally explained to me…a central source of inspiration. Before learning of Pinterest, my favorites in my web browser was out of control with links to anything and everything.

    2. Because I’m a visual person, Pinterest is exactly what I needed to get all of the amazing inspiration that I wanted to keep organized in a reasonable, usable fashion. I used delicious briefly, but Pinterest better suited my needs due to the visual format.

    3. Color, Papercrafting/Crafting, Recipes.

    4. My pinning is a mixture of both, but probably slightly more pinning than re-pinning.

    5. Yes! I’ve selected DO as my One Little Word this year, and have identified 10 specific priorities in that area. One of my priorities is to DO something with at least one pin per week. Not only do I enjoy all that visual goodness, I am trying to be intentional about taking action. *Side note: At the end of each month I am completing a scrapbook page that documents all I’ve “DO”ne for that month. I’ll have to incorporate some of these into my TWELVE at some point.*

    6. Thanks to a wonderful Stacy-tip, I am setting a timer when browsing Pinterest to avoid too much lost time.

    Blessings as you prepare for your presentation. Hope you’ll share a recap afterwards, if you’re able.

  46. 1. Ilove pinterest ! I already did something similar with a program called Evernote. But Pinterest is prettier. :-)
    2. The inspiration is overwhelming and the topics covered amaze me. I find things on there that I would never have found on my own searches on the Internet. (And that’s a good thing).
    3. Top 3 boards – hmm without looking I would say recipes, memory keeping and gardening idea maybe .
    4. Honestly I do a lot of repining mainly because I use it on my phone and I haven’t figured out how to pin yet :-)
    5. I have , only 4 but I’ve only been on since January or February of this year. I have a board called Done and when I accomplish a project I move it from whatever board to the done board.
    6. Right now it’s kind of taken the place of facebook I’m not on there as much.

    I too would love to hear your presentation maybe you can give us an overview when your done.

  47. Rita Legge says:

    1.Why am I using Pinterest? To bookmark stuff I like.
    2.What do I love most about Pinterest? The diversity of the stuff all around me. I love seeing all the things I didn’t even know where out there! I also get lots of inspiration from the site.
    3. My top boards are What’s Cooking, Sweet Tooth, and Words. Makes sense because I LOVE to cook and read!!!
    4. I’m more of a re-pinner and just learned how to pin directly from my computer last week!!! I’m not much of a techie!!!
    5. Yep! I used 2 recipes off Pinterest when I hosted Book Club this month. They were super yummy and it was great to find those recipes with just a click!
    6. This is the hard one…….I usually pin at night when I’m very tired and have about 20-30 minutes until my bedtime.

  48. Wow. 50 comments already, i am sure you have been overloaded with opinions, but what a topic! Pinterest=love. I agree with, and feel the same way about, everything you have to say about Pinterest. I go out of my way to follow ultra inspiring people (you included) from all over the world! It is awesome. Makes the world feel so much smaller and more intimate. My favorite boards are home decor, food, words of wisdom and inspiring DIY. I have a board called: Pinterest Projects. . .Done! I move all my completed pins there. I like to prove to myself (and my husband) that this inspirational tool is helping me work toward my goals of living a more beautiful life! I love Pinterest.
    Have you heard of Clipix? I learned about it via a favorite blog and checked it out. It might offer even MORE options than Pinterest and they have a great “feedback” type forum happening over there. The developers really listen to their users and really bend over backwards to meet specific needs and make it a really great site. I, for one, have been too enamored with Pinterest to investigate (or switch to) the Clipix site altogether, but I was impressed with what I saw and sometimes I do get frustrated with Pinterest setbacks (like how much slower it is on my IPad because of extra steps it takes to pin etc.).
    Overall though, Pinterest and I have a great little friendship going on! Love it!

  49. 1. I am using Pinterest b/c I was bookmarking things that I liked that I wanted to do someday but it was hard to navigate on my bookmark listings. Pinterest is so much easier to find the ideas again. So much easier to see it visually than to read it in a list.
    2. I love that I can find ideas from others who typically browse different sites than I do. It’s a source of fresh ideas. I have found many new blogs that I now follow b/c of Pinterest.
    3. Right now, my top 3 boards are Sewing, Gardening, and Home Ideas.
    4. I challenge myself to pin an item for every item that I repin. I try not to just browse Pinterest to find stuff to pin, rather to use the site as I first intended (a visual system to find the ideas that I originally found.)
    5. One of my resolutions for the New Year was to complete 12 projects from my Pinterest boards. (and make a mini album about it!) So far I’ve completed one, but I had major surgery at the end of January and am still recovering.
    6. I limit all of my computer time right now due to my surgery so I am not browsing too much. But usually I set my kitchen timer for 15 minutes and limit my free computer time that way (not counting necessary emails, etc..) Sometimes I reset the timer, but the 15 mins is what I strive to keep as my limit. I especially do this in the summer when it’s easier to get lost in the computer for hours!

  50. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I’m using it because I couldn’t keep track of where I would find ideas unless I bookmarked them or printed them- with Pinterest, I’m able to pin whatever strikes my fancy and I don’t have to remember where it is later- I just find it on my board. It has actually freed me from hours of wasted time on the internet and allowed me to be more creative.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    The exchange of ideas and the ability to repin things you find on other boards- I’ve found so many great ideas from my friends that we wouldn’t normally talk about in everyday conversation.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    Home Decor- this is my top one- I have several boards dedicated to this- Pantry Redo, Kitchen Redo, Dream House, so that I can visualize how I want my house to look.
    Crafts- things I want to make or create
    Classroom- as a teacher, this has become the best place for me to find activities that are unique for my classroom

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    I am pinning more and more lately- it’s addictive! I have to say that I like surfing the web at night and pinning things from there, but on the go, I repin a lot- easy to do on my iphone.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    Yes! I just finished redoing my pantry and I also made a message board based on something I have pinned.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I tend to pin more on down time- few minutes here and there.

  51. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    I like the ability to visually see the things that inspire me from across the web in one place. I also like the ability to be inspired by others.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    Just the sheer ability to put ideas in one place in such a visually appealing way.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    Scrapbooking (and now I have one for Art Journaling)
    If I only had the Time (Projects and Crafts that I like)
    Decorate Likes (decorating ideas etc)

    I also have one for Color Inspiration- which spills into the Decorating and the Scrapbooking/Art Journaling interests.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    Initially it was much more re-pinning.
    Now, I don’t have as much time to spend looking at what was pinned, I find that that I do more pinning than re-pinning now as I try to keep up with the blogs etc that I read.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I’ve tried some recipes and used the inspiration for a few scrapbook layouts. I have a board that says “If I Only Had the Time” with projects I like but that helps me recognize that I simply don’t have the time to do them all and reminds me not to get half started into things I won’t finish. Similarly, I’ve got a board that reads “Style, If I only had the money”- which helps me recognize I don’t have to have all the things I see and love.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I find that I am guarding my time much more now than when I first found Pinterest. I use it mainly as I am reading blogs or when I’m just too tired to actually be doing something. It’s kinda like reading a book at the end of the day. . though I try to be off the computer at least one hour before bed time.

    Also- something that I thought might be interesting is to point out that the comparison game gets really easy with Pinterest. I think you see it a lot with the pics of women’s abs but it’s so true when you think of it in terms of how we manage a house or our creativity (where most of the time people don’t post what goes terribly wrong- just the really good stuff)

  52. lynne moore says:

    Don’t use it. It’s just another time-suck that I haven’t given myself permission to use just yet. I like the idea, but then just think it will be another inspiriation board, binder or box that gets stuffed with ideas, never used and visually clutter more of my life. I don’t need that right now.

    • Lynne,
      I totally appreciate your opinion — thanks for sharing that it’s Ok NOT to jump on every bandwagon!

      • lynne moore says:

        Tho my daughter (16) asked yesterday for permission to sign up for it. She has been enjoying Tumblr and I figured she would appreciate Pinterest too. I will be interested to see what she does with it and get her review.

  53. Cheryl W. says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    I love seeing new ideas and also ideas that I kinda have running in my head, but haven’t figure out yet.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    It’s a great source of inspiration. I don’t feel it’s hindering my creativity – it helps it.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?

    Recipes (I have multiple boards for recipes – main dishes, side dishes, lighter fare, yummy treats, breads, etc.). Crafts and Home.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.

    I do both, but probably more re-pinning than pinning.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    I’ve tried several recipes and some craft projects.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    I’m on Pinterest less now than when I first started. I spend about15 minutes a day on it.

  54. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I am in love with Pinterest because it sparks creativity inside of me.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    I love that I can group all my favorite things into one place. For instances, if I find things I want to incorporate into my son’s birthday party, I have a place to store all those ideas & refer back to them later to plan his party. I love that it inspires me to do projects I would never have thought about or try new recipes or plan fun activities with my son.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    recipes, crafting & home decor, fun activities with your child

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    I do more re-pinning than pinning. I guess my friends & I have a lot of the same tastes.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I have actually challenged myself to do at least one thing from pinterest a week whether it be a new recipe, craft or activity.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I’m working on this one…some days I spend way too much time on pinterest while other days only a few minutes.

    Just an extra thought:
    Pinterest has really been therapy for me as it helped me get back to the person I was & longed to be after a very long & outdrawn divorce. For so long I lacked that creative spark that I previously had & had no motivation to be that crafty, picture-taking, party planning, home-making mom that I was. This may sound totally stupid, but pinterest inspires me & I believe has helped me move on from my divorce & helped me get back to that person I longed to be.

  55. Hi Stacy! I love Pinterest and I use it a lot!

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    I started using it bc I wanted to buy something online and there were several sites with several options I liked. So I pinned all the options with prices and my notes about why I liked each. Then I could see them all side by side, compare prices and features. I have used it similarly for work. My boss wanted to buy some technical equipment and furniture for a lab. She was getting all these print outs from websites from her team and said she didn’t want piles of paper to track. I created a board and pinned everything in one place, then sent the link to our team. She could look at all the options side by side. Then we could knock off one or two options here and there to get to the best ones.

    I use it for more than that. I use it to bookmark web pages and essays and blog posts I want to keep track of bc I refer to them, tell others about them, or just like to re-read them.

    I keep pretty pictures. I just like them, I don’t know why. I pin everything initially to my I Just Like It board, and then sometimes go and disperse pins to more subject related boards. It means I see all that I am pinning together. Sometimes patterns will emerge. I will see something I am into, and I didn’t know I was into it. But there it is, coming up again and again. I’ll put those pins together in a board and look at it.

    I pin cool ideas. Color combinations I love. Pictures of rooms with furniture or detailing. I keep boards for long time interests I’ve had, like Ancient Mesopotamia. I use Pinterest to explore ideas. Last summer I took a class with part of a lecture on psychopomps. I had just read a book about them too. So I created a board and started looking for pictures and essays and information, then gathered them all together in the one place.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    The problem with using my home computer for bookmarking is – sometimes I am at work! Or on the bus. Or commuting! Or shopping. With my phone app I have my pins with me everywhere. It’s visual. It can be organized and labelled! So many things I love.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?

    I go in phases, really. I get interested in something, pin like a fiend, then move on to something else. There’s no rhyme or reason to my pinning.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.

    I do both about equally. My thing is, I want to pin from the source. I love keeping track of stuff and where it comes from. But repinning is super easy.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    Yes, this Christmas instead of gift tags, I printed b/w photos of me plus the recipient. The kids too young to read could play Santa’s elf bc they just handed the gift to the right person. People LOVED the photos and have kept them. Huge success. I’ve done a few other things like that, also read books I pinned, implemented ideas from blogs I’ve read, etc.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    Oh no, I am not sure I am guarding my time…. To me, it is productive. It is creatively productive. Intellectually productive. Spiritually productive. It’s priming the pump, and everything simmers below the surface. I have never had a problem getting things done I really HAVE to do. The only place Pinterest interferes is with things I really DON’T want to do, but somehow feel I have to or should do. Yes I would rather pin things than do laundry. But if I really HAVE to do laundry, I’ll do it.

  56. Janelle says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I use it because it’s a easy way to get visual inspiration while I’m nursing my little guy in the middle of the night! I love reading blogs, but that’s much harder to do on a little ipod touch, so Pinterest gives me my idea fix!

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    Looking back at my boards and seeing all those pretty Pins, all lined up.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    Beach. Pretty Stuff (mostly ends up being rainbow-y bright happy colors like you post; fairy lights; flowers). Scrapbooking/Design ideas.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    Much more re-pinning, mostly only from the people I Follow (rather than Exploring or pinning myself).

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    Tried a few recipes, used a few techniques/designs in my scrapbooks/cards.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    When the Pinterest App crashes (which it does, fairly often), I tell myself to get away!! It’s REALLY easy to get sucked into browsing… one of the things I hate about Pinterest! :)

  57. Jan Feltz says:

    Stacy: Will you please send me an invite? I’d like to see what all the fuss is about! Thanks.

  58. Jennifer Labecki says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I use Pinterest as a place to store ideas for future use and inspiration.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    That I no longer have to have little bits of paper and magazines all over the house.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest.
    I use Pinterest most for Craft ideas, Recipes I want to try and to record places I have traveled or where I would like to travel in the future.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing?
    Right now, I do more re-pinning than pinning but I am starting to do more pinning as I come accross ideas on websites and blogs that I would like to keep for future reference.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    I have tried a few craft projects and used other pins for inspiration. I have also tried quite a few recipes. At our Super Bowl Party this year, the menu was made up entirely of recipes I found on Pinterest!

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I try to only go on Pinterest periodically especially because it is so addictive. Plus, I always have the option of pinning from my favorite bar without actually opening the Pinterest website.

  59. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    I’m using Pintrest to have a place not on my hard-drive to keep images of things I “pick up” around the web.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    That everything can be in one place, but with multiple “boards”. I have been a magazine reader/tearsheet puller/scrap saver for YEARS and have multiple binders full of printed inspiration so this is just a natural extension of that!

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest.

    Home, Craft, Garlands

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing?

    I try and pin from the original source material so I know exactly where it came from…but sometimes that gets so many layers deep, it’s like you’re wading in a pintrest forest and not sure how to get out, so I will re-pin if necessary

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    I am gathering ideas to make garlands and plan to work on that project this spring with my girls.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    Sometimes not so well… I am now trying to limit it time-wise or see how many pins I can do from sites I know I want to check out in the shortest amount of time!

    Good luck!

  60. Kary in Colorado says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    Easiest way that I’ve found to link back to original material on the web. I used Tumblr for a while, but this is WAY better.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    I love being able to find things I’ve seen quickly again, and I love looking at the things I’ve collected on a particular board because it often clarifies for me what I really like or what actually inspires me (does that make ANY sense?!!)

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest?

    Memory Keeping, Things to Make & Cool Stuff

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing?

    I mostly pin things I run across when I’m reading blogs, or otherwise looking at stuff on the web. If I repin, I always click back to the original post (if at all possible) and then pin from there. It’s important to me to have the original source.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    yes! I’ve especially my memory keeping board for inspiration

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    I really only look at pinterest at night when I’m too tired to do anything else! I don’t understand the point of Facebook or Twitter (I do have accounts with both, but rarely look at them), but Pinterest is very useful to me. I am SO happy I signed up before they required that you go through Facebook or Twitter, because I would not have signed up otherwise.

  61. I use it 99% of the time to post crafting ideas that I want to remember from personal craft blogs. The other percent is wishlist and/or repinning from someone else’s pinerest site. It has honestly been a slow time crafting lately so I haven’t accessed it much. I love the fact that these ideas are saved forever because previously I was doing a lot of print screens and saving the ideas in documents. Saves space on my computer and if I’m elsewhere I can still find them on pinterest. (If you want to know what I dislike most about it is when people pin a blog, but NOT THE actual post of the blog. Does that make sense? So I see something I like and I click on the source, but it has been 3 months ago or whatever so I cannot find the original post. I simply unpin, but sometimes it was a really cool idea!) I’m not “guarding” my pinterest time because I dont’ spend a lot of time there. I NEED to guard my time from YOU :) and other scrapping blogs !

  62. Hi Stacy! Writing all that and re-reading it did the same as Pinterest does — revealed things I didn’t know were even going on!

    Anyway, what I realized is that I like to have a place to “put” things. A place to keep them, where they belong. Like a place to keep photo prints on a topic in order to see connections later. so with Pinterest, when I am reading a blog or looking at something online I like, I can “keep” it and it has a “place”.

    I’ve also suggested to several married friends that they create a board for their husbands. Where they pin things they want. For you know, anniversaries, Christmas, Mothers Day etc

  63. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?

    I am using it because I can’t think of a better way to collect and organize visual, web-based information.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?

    I love the “eye candy” aspect — how can you be down when there is so much beauty to look at — and that it feels like a generous, sharing type of place. It’s like a bunch of girlfriends saying, “Hey, did you see this gorgeous thing Jane made?”

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?

    I primarily bookmark scrapbooking and cardmaking-related things. My top three boards are probably: “Papercrafting Projects that Inspire Me,” “Tips, Tricks, Techniques,” and “Wishlist.” But it’s also super useful for pinning holiday-related things, like a home decor item for Easter or a kid’s craft for Halloween; let’s face it, if I printed these things off or emailed them to myself, they’d never see the light of day again.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.

    My ratio is probably 90/10 pinning vs. repinning.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    I’ve used 4 or 5 ideas so far that I have pinned on Pinterest.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    This is a tough one! I would say it’s best to visit when you know you have some available time you want to spend looking for inspiration OR set a timer of some kind to remind you to move on!

    Hope this helps — good luck with your talk.

    Laura (Bookworm on Pinterest)

  64. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    INSPIRATION AND AS A RESEARCH TOOL, i.e. how did 1940s women dress?
    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    EVERYTHING IS ON THERE!
    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    DOABLE CRAFT PROJECTS FOR KIDS, 1950s DECOR, RELIGIOUS CRAFTS & ACTIVITIES.
    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    ONLY REPINNING!
    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    YES, YES, YES!
    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    :15 MINUTES PER SESSION… I USE A TIMER!

  65. Hi Stacy,

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog and your episodes on My Craft Channel. Hoping to see more in the future. Below are my responses and good luck on your presentation!

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? ~ I like the visual aspect of it all. Many times, in looking for creative inspiration to scrapbook, I’ll search blogs for something that catches my eye visually rather than reading the text. If I like what I see then I read the whole thing. There’s so much out there that its hard to just spend all day reading (although I could do that too). Pinterest allows me to see what I like via an image and then direct me to a link with more information if I feel like learning more.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? ~ All of the inspiration that I might never find otherwise. For instance, I love to scrapbook and create layouts and find new products. I have a list of websites that I am constantly expanding on in search of new things so I pin what I know. However, I also love a good baking or dinner recipe but do not have the website resources like I do scrapbooking to find some interesting creations…but someone else does and when they pin, I can see it and try it for myself thus leading me to a new resource I might have never found otherwise.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? ~ Scrapbooking inspiration (layouts or color schemes), things for the home (practical or not), and recipes.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.

    ~ Mostly re-pinning but a lot of pinning myself as well.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?

    ~ Yes!!! All the time, I save layouts that I draw ideas from or color schemes that work well together and generally have them up on my computer browsing through them as I create.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?

    ~ I try and only browse 5-10 minutes at a time depending on time allowance. However, since I use it in conjunction with my scrapbooking, I’ll start a project by planning out my color scheme and then creating. If i get stuck, I go on Pinterest and browse around for something to get me going and go from there. It usually takes only a minute or 2 to find something (thanks to Pinterest) because I have multiple things to work from directly on my pinboard.

  66. Not sure if you want this in comments or email – so putting it here.

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? – Partly to keep my email inbox clean. I get tons of newsletters from a variety of sources, and often there is something in there that I want to remember, or read later, or just keep in the back of my mind, so it sits in my inbox, and takes up space. Even if I organize it into other folders, I loose track of things, with Pinterest, it’s all in one place and really easy to see.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? – See above, it keeps me organized and everything is in one place.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? – Recipes, this has become my go to spot for anything I want to try. Memorykeeping ideas, this has free printables, layouts or sketches that I see on blogs, mini album ideas, color combinations, wall decor etc. The next biggest category is DIY, I have this spread over several boards, but it encompasses everything from kids crafts to home decor to beading, knitting quilting etc…

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. – Most of what I pin is from the web, since a lot of it comes directly from blog feeds or newsletters, but I do have to admit, it’s hard not to re-pin when you see what everyone else is pinning.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? – Yes, lots and lots of recipes and many DIY projects -and am seriously considering a haircut that I’ve got pinned!

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? I set timers, I have Howler on my Mac, and I don’t use Pinterest on my phone, I try to minimize what I do on my phone, or the bill from data usage kills me!

    Hope this helps! Good Luck.

  67. Marilyn says:

    I LOVE Pinterest. I must admit, I’m addicted. I think one of the attractions is that you get to see other people who love what you love . . . and that’s fun!

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? I use it for inspiration and ideas.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? It’s VISUAL.

    3. TOP 3 most populated boards . . . all scrapbooking related – Page ideas, titles and quotes for journaling, and things made with scrapbook paper (paper crafts/mini albums)

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? Mainly, repinning.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? YES! I’ve made several papercrafting projects :-) YAY!

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? I don’t do so well with this. I can get carried away. I need one of your cute timers :-) (I’m in Twelve. Yes, I have a board for that. ;-) )

  68. I have some ethical issues with Pinterest now that I have been alerted to their User’s Agreement clause that allows them to share copyright on anything pinned there. I think this is really dangerous for anyone who doesn’t want to see their personal photos end up as banner ads online or any image maker who wants to make money off their images at some point- they would suddenly find themselves competing for attention with a very large royalty free super store with millions of shoppers- Pinterest has set itself up to be the Walmart (or Napster!) of images. That being said I use the site and hope that the wording will be changed now the CEO has been made aware of the objections from image content providers everywhere.
    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? I use Pinterest to store links to websites I love, favorite scrapbook projects, favorite quotes and recipes. I now only pin people who have “pin this” buttons on their blogs or who say yes when I ask.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? I love that it is an easy way to keep track of trends and websites I know I will revisit.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? All top three are scrapbook related.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    I find most of my projects directly from blogs- I rarely repin.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? I have scraplifted 1 page I found online and made sure to tell the person who made the original I did so. I also found inspiration for my Project 365 and my December Daily albums through Pinterest.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? Not sure how to handle this as I loose lots of time to Facebook and blog reading as well. It’s an issue for me for sure.

  69. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I use it for the ideas. I have found and made so many things on this site. I usually change up the look of what I create but the basics are there.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    The projects and ideas.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    I dont have boards. I usually just save them to my computer or if it is a blog I save it to my favorites and visit often

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    I dont pin or re-pin. Havent figured that out yet.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    Yes, I made some really cute 2×4 snowmen and pumpkins I found there. I have also made a bookshelf/ photo case for over my couch. I am currently working on 3 pieces of shabby chic furniture from ideas I have found.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I can spend hours on the site if not careful. I usually limit my time to 30 minutes or so a few times a week. I am buried in craft projects right now and have about 6 more waiting in the wings. Starting my holiday crafting early thanks to Pinterest.

  70. Michelle says:

    1. Why? It helps fuel my creativity and when I am stressed it calms me to get to zone out on crafts, scrapbook layouts, food recipes etc.

    2. Love most? The wonderful world of new ideas that I have never seen before. I can find just about anything that I am curious about and many things I would have never thought of.

    3. My Top 3 ? Food, holidays, birthday parties

    4. To Pin or Re-pin ? I mostly re- pin, I check my followers board first then venture out into other categories that peak my interest at the time.

    5. I have completed a few projects from Pinterest – birthday ideas, food recipes, holiday decor, scrap- lifting pages, project life ideas

    6. Manage my time? Do it in evenings after kids go to bed instead of watching TV, I can browse for hours easily. On the weekends, I have to set goals for myself such as I can play on Pinterest after I vacuum and mop :).

  71. Stacy, I check your blog nearly every day! So I am still reading!

    I have a love/hate thing with Pinterest. I really, really don’t want something else that sucks my time. Plus, sometimes it makes me feel inadequate. I try not to spend a whole lot of time just surfing online, but that same goal means I don’t have tons of fabulous stuff to pin like other people seem to. (I hope that makes sense.) On the other hand it is such a fabulous way to keep track of things you want to remember. So I am not a Pinterest fanatic, but I still use it to organize the things I want to implement. I HAVE used some of the ideas I’ve found, most of them recipes and scrapbook layout ideas.

    The thing I find I pin the most? Anything that has to do with words. (That probably doesn’t surprise anyone who knows me!) Anything that provides commentary about books, reading, poetry, or social ideas.

    Also, lots of quilting ideas I will probably never have time to use!

    Good luck with your presentation! It sounds like it will be a fun and interesting night!

  72. Barbara W. says:

    Quite honestly, I began using Pinterest as a place to store ideas I find on websites because my hard drive is almost full from all of the interesting things that I have saved. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people whose head is full of ideas. I have to go looking for ideas and Pinterest is a great place for me to store them. Very rarely do I visit other people’s boards because I spend enough time on the computer as it is. That said, when I do visit other boards I am so amazed at the variety of content all in one place and am so excited to find new blogs and web-sites that I might not otherwise have found. So far I do not see Pinterest as replacing “a true need for creative self-expression with a virtual experience that is counterfeit in it’s ability to truly nurture” because I need Pinterest and other things that I find on the web to inspire and give me ideas so that I might create some self-expression.
    I do love the way you think about things and the questions you ask regarding these topics. It helps me to look at things in different ways also.

  73. I’ve been using Pinterest for about a year now and have found that I don’t feel the need to buy or read as many paper magazines(still have a few stacked next to my chair that I want to clip things from!! I use it to organize all the great ideas I see for home decorating (especially for kitchen remodel I’m getting ready to do), saving words, text, graphic design ideas I like, holiday decorating and gift ideas, card making, color combos, craft room/home organization. Just this week I came across a pin that linked to an article about using Pinterest for genealogy–so I started saving photos & recipes that remind me of different family members that I scrapbook about. So many possibilities that haven’t been discovered yet I’m sure!

    I repin a lot more than I pin directly–mostly because I’m following people that like the same things I do!

    I have used a few recipes that I pinned and also organizing ideas, card ideas(inspiration mostly), digital and photography techniques, and I know for sure I will use many of the ideas I’ve saved on my kitchen board for my remodel!

    I don’t always set a timer but am trying to use one more often to keep me on track!

  74. I love Pinterest because it is so visual, and an easy way to become aware of beautiful work others have done. I use it primarily to pin layouts or photographs or words that inspire me. I also love to see what the people I follow are pinning. I probably repin as much as I pin,

    Like anything else online, it’s easy to spend too much time there. My time fluxes depending on what else is going on in my life. I have a very full life in the real world, so online time is generally evenings and weekends (no young children at home, so that time is relatively free).

    I have tried recipes and used my scrapbook inspiration board for layout ideas.

  75. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? I think of it as my online filing cabinet. It’s a perfect place to organize ideas and projects.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? I love having a beautiful collection of ideas all in one place.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? Party ideas, Dinner ideas and Crafting Ideas

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. I do both, but more repinning than pinning.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? Yes! I even created an “I’ve made this thanks to Pinterest” board so that I can track the good I’ve found on Pinterest.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? I scroll through the boards of people I follow at night once the kids have gone to bed. It takes about 20 minutes and it’s a nice way to unwind.

    We now have an RS Pinterest group where we meet once a month and make a craft inspired by Pinterest and bring a potluck lunch item made with a recipe inspired by Pinterest. :)

  76. Janetta says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? So that I can go back and find things! So that I can share what I find with my friends and so that my friends can see what cool things I like!

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? The vastness of it! :) It has opened me up to so many blogs that I was unaware of…and I thought I already knew them all! :)

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? Food, Eco-friendly stuff, Kids games/education/clothing…okay, that’s 6 things, sorry!

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. I will not repin something that does not go directly to the item shown. In that case, I will HUNT it down, and Pin directly. I would think my pinning is about 1/2 stuff I found on my own (and not stuff I had to hunt down) and 1/2 stuff that my friends or followers have pinned first.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? oh, absolutely

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? okay…that is a problem…but my Facebook and Words with Friends time has suffered! :)

  77. willimena says:

    I haven’t read all the comments but I may be a lone voice in the crowd, as I am not on Pinterest. I got an invite because I LOVED the visual picture when I saw it on a friend’s computer. However, it seems I need a Facebook account or Twitter to sign up and I have neither . The main thing stopping me signing up for pinterest is how much time I would use ‘just looking’. I already have to make a conscious effort not to get distracted by the internet and that would be my undoing :) Staying strong so far but all that beautifulness…

    • Kim Ket. says:

      I am pretty sure you don’t have to have FB or Twitter to sign up. I didn’t use either. Someone sent me an invite through E-mail. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

  78. Kim Ket. says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I began using Pinterest because I love not needing a bunch of unorganized bookmarks saved on my computer. It is wonderful to be able to go right back to the site where I saw that great idea or project.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest
    I love that it is beautiful, of course. But I most love that I can organize it (create my own boards) and pin things where they make most sense to me.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    My most populated board is food/recipes. It is like having my own on-line cookbook. I LOVE that! My other two most populated boards are Christmas/other holidays and Project Ideas.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    Honestly, I do way more repinning, but I also sprinkle in a few things I’ve pinned myself.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    Absolutely! I’ve made a lot of the recipes, and quite a few of the project ideas!

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    Still working on that! ;)

  79. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I love it because so often I’d see something online that I wanted to try. Sometimes I’d bookmark it, but other times I thought I’d remember that for sure it was on this or that blog. The only problem was my memory wasn’t as good as I thought and often I couldn’t find the project again. Now I don’t have that problem–I only have to remember which board I pinned it to!

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    I love seeing so many ideas. And though I know I will never get around to doing half of the things I see, it’s a great springboard for coming up with my own ideas! Plus I love what you said about how it’s not so much “look how cool I am” as “look how cool this idea is!”

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing?
    I definitely repin more than I pin. I only pin when I’m reading blogs or websites for ideas. But it’s just so much faster to repin the ideas from my friends–it means that I can just see an idea and I don’t have to take the time to read the post right this second, i can come back to it if I have time. Otherwise, it’s just fun, fresh visual yumminess!

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    A few weeks ago I had an epiphany while repinning. I made a goal to do at least one thing from Pinterest each week–whether it’s a new recipe, craft, exercise technique or ways to be a better mom. Every time I get on Pinterest I look for something I can do that week and make a physical list or 2 or 3 things, then I actually go to the original site and read the article.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    I would love to follow everyone, but I’m choosy about who I follow–and I don’t feel like I have to follow every board from every person–just the ones where I continually see good things from that I may actually use. Some people have boards that don’t interest me. I also set a time limit of 15 minutes that I can browse and repin per session, and no more than one session per day. If I don’t get all the way through, oh well. I obviously will never do everything that I repin anyway. It takes some self-control, but once I step away from it, I pretty much forget about it.

  80. Andrea A says:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    for inspiration and as a great way to organize all of the cool stuff I see on the web.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    no longer have a huge list of bookmarks down the side of my computer screen that I am not sure what they are. I can see the picture, and I know what I am headed for.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    crafty stuff (to make), My Style pinboard, Home Decor

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    I definitely pin, but I also scroll through and repin (I have a couple of people I follow that seem to have my taste exactly!)

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    Yes! I have done a few crafts, made some recipes and put together quite a few outfits by adding a piece or two to things I already had. Also planned my daughter’s surprise party with some ideas from there, and my other daughter’s graduation party decor was mostly from Pinterest.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    That I am still working on- but I have a few times a day that I spend maybe 20 minutes at a time, and if I am bored somewhere (in a line or something) I use my iPhone app to browse.

  81. Molly McCarthy says:

    What an exciting topic for a discussion! Here’s my input:

    1. Why are YOU using Pinterest? >> I started using Pinterest as a way to keep track of decorating ideas for my new house.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest? >>I love how quickly I can find things that I’ve pinned AND how easily it is to search all of Pinterest for a certain topic (i.e. “Mantle decor”) that I’m interested in.

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking? My top three are: “Eat Dessert First”, “Words” and then the rest are scattered about but the main thing is decor/decorating ideas for my house.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards. >>I’d say I pin 40% and then repine the other 60%.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest? >> YES!! I’ve used several of the “Eat Dessert First” ideas for school parties and special occasion desserts. I’ve also used my Boards to purchase the decor ideas for certain rooms in my house.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing? >> I go to my Pinterest while waiting places (school pick up line, kid’s after school classes, doctor’s office).

  82. I so LOVE pinterest. I’m going to have to make a page about it at some point!

    1. Why? I love the visual aspect, since I’m a visual person. It works SO much better than google images. I see it as what google images SHOULD be – relevant images to the topics I’m looking for.
    2. I love that anything I want is saved and I know how to find it again easily. No more “what was this bookmark for?” I have my own notes and why I pinned it!
    3. Paper crafts is my favorite board, followed closely by my “awesome” board of things I like with out a particular category. “crafTerrific” is oh so wonderful too.
    4. I’m doing mostly re-pinning. I’m not out on the web much, so this is my browsing/surfing time but it’s so much BETTER than ever before.
    5. I have created a “to DONE” board just to keep the ideas that I’ve done and liked!
    6. I’ve struggled with in, for me its an all or nothing thing. I’ve been off pinterest for a while. I’ve been only a few choice people and I’m able to keep up with their pins pretty well. I will stop following people if that becomes a problem!

  83. 1. Why are YOU using Pinterest?
    I use it mainly as a visual reminder of things I want to try without having to remember where I found it. I’m a visual person so having a photo is sooooo much better than a bookmark or a note scrawled on a piece of paper in a pile of many such pieces of paper.

    2. What do you LOVE most about Pinterest?
    I love the visual aspect of it. I love looking at my boards and seeing all the stuff I love right there snuggling together :-D Another thing that is great is that I am following some of my relatives that live far away and in the case of the younger generation I can get a sense of their style, the things they like, etc. and that comes in very handy for figuring out wedding presents, baby presents, etc! That is not something I would have anticipated but I’m loving that aspect of it!

    3. What are your TOP 3 most populated boards or areas of interest. In other words, what are you most interested in bookmarking?
    My top 3 are probably home decor idea, holiday ideas and garden ideas.

    4. How much pinning vs. re-pinning are you doing? In other words, do you pin ideas/projects that you find else where on the web, or are you mostly finding ideas and information on Pinterest and then re-pinning those ideas to your account/boards.
    At the moment I’m mostly repinning since I’m fairly new on Pinterest. It’s fun to see what other people find interesting enough to pin and there are a few people out there that have very similar taste to mine.

    5. Have you implemented any idea(s) from Pinterest or completed a project(s) that you found via Pinterest?
    Not yet, but a big part of our annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will include some ideas I found on Pinterest.

    6. How are you guarding your time, so that you don’t lose productive time to passive browsing?
    This is probably the hardest part! Sometimes you really just have to walk away from that little button that says “see more pins” and go take a walk or something.

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  85. Stacy, I totally love Pinterest! I used to copy and paste and print things that I loved, mostly for crafting, I put them in a huge binder and would pull that out when I needed some inspiration. Now I just pin things to my boards. No more searching for that idea that I liked so much and maybe didn’t print, no more trying to figure out whose blog I saw an idea on.

    The things I pin the most are different crafting ideas, I have several boards pertaining to crafts, card ideas, general craft ideas, layout I love, things for kids, crafting techniques. These get pinned to the most along with Yummy which has a lot of wonderful recipes, some of which I have made.

    I also have a board that I pin things like household tips and recipes to make my own laundry detergent. So many times I would see something like how to keep bees away, but never could remember it. Now I have those things pinned.

    The range of interests of the people using Pinterest is so wide that you can find just about anything you might want on there. Just type it in and you’re all set.

    As for pinning and repinning, I do both. Most of the time I am on Pinterest, I am checking out what my friends have pinned, and I repin a lot of things from them. But I do pin a lot of things that I find on my own, very often they are stamping and scrapbooking ideas, crafting techniques etc. If I like it, I pin it.

    I’m sure there are people who pin a ton of things and never make them or use that idea and that is fine for them. As for me, I use a lot of the ideas that I pin. I have made many of the recipes I’ve pinned and I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve made a project, be it a card, a layout or some other project, that has been inspired by something I have pinned on one of my boards.

    I think the only down side of Pinterest is if you get caught up in spending a lot of time looking and not much time doing.
    Good luck with your talk!

  86. Heidi C says:

    Hi Stacy:

    I am teaching a Pinterest class for a “Girl’s Day Out” workshop this Saturday as well. I enjoyed reading your thoughts on Pinterest.

    I want to teach the ladies that the joy of Pinterest is truly to create. I’ve known about my class since January so I have spent weeks pulling ideas from Pinterest and creating them. Sometimes I am thrilled with the way a project or recipe turns out, sometimes it is nothing like the online version. It’s all a learning process.

    I want to share with the women that there is not guilt. Everyone is busy and it’s just fun to have a visual outlet to store ideas and create when we find a minute of downtime.

    To answer some of your questions, I mostly re-pin from friends that seem to have oodles of time to pin, I find fun for the kids, holiday decor and recipes to be my favorite boards and I try to just spend a few minutes each night looking at the day’s pins so that it doesn’t take time away from my kids during the day.

    Good luck with your class!

  87. ana smith says:

    It’s a bulletin board! What more is there to say.
    I love that I can have a separate board for each topic or project.
    Currently I’m pinning clothes, quotes and scrapbook organizing.
    I do more pinning than re-pinning. ( I forget I’m able to do that).
    And yes, I made a decision about furniture for my dining room/scrap area.

    Last, just like when I’m on Facebook, I have to tell myself———10 minutes more, then LOG OFF! It doesn’t always work, because I always find one more thing to pin!

  88. Hi Stacy, I am happy to help and absolutely love PINTEREST!

    1. I use Pinterest as a source of inspiration in my crafting and daily life.

    2. I love Pinterest because at a glance, I can see so many wonderful ideas and imagery, and quickly and easily “pin it” to a category of my liking to reference. Everything in one place at my fingertips and in a bright and colorful presentation!

    3. My top 3 boards are Club Scrap® ROCKS!, Cards I Love!, and Crafty Creations I Love!

    4. I would say I probably Repin more than I pin. However, if I am on my regular blog visits and see things of interest, I use my Pin It button and put it on one of my boards.

    5. I most definitely have used ideas I have found on Pinterest. For example, I have designed about 20 different cards, done 2 kids science experiments, and sampled 5 different recipes that were found on Pinterest!

    6. I don’t really have a set time period that I spend on Pinterest, but I find myself checking back throughout the day to see if anything new has been pinned and probably average about 10 minutes a day browsing the latest pins.

  89. Hi Stacy!

    Yes! I do love Pinterest ~ I think it’s a great way to “multiply” inspiration, if you will.
    You might have an idea of your own percolating but not quite sure how you want to carry it out, or perhaps just an idea that you’d like to see if anyone else has seen to fruition. If I use the “search” button, I can see many ideas and perhaps get that extra nudge or even the “missing piece” to carry my idea out.

    I usually repin. I’ve never pinned anything myself.

    I’ve boards for food & beverages I’d like to try, great quotes or sayings, even ideas for an upcoming baby shower I’ll be throwing. My “babies” are 15 & soon to be 20 so I needed some fresh ideas for baby showers. Pinterest was full of them.

    I agree with you as well ~ it’s not a “look at me” philosophy so much as a it’s a great library of sharing that we all get to tap into if we’d like (or not).

    Hope this is helpful!

  90. Judy Sanza says:

    I’m going to give you a “simple” answer. I love Pinterest bacause it’s like a magazine and I get to design that magazine. Since most of my magazines have stopped publishing this gives me my magazine fix.

    I agree that it is a wonderful distraction from the world. I would like to retreat from all technology if I could.

    I find inspiration for scrapbooking, home decor and cooking (the best recipies).

    Mostly, I love it because there is no pressure. It’s relaxing. It’s my magazine!

    Judy

    P.S. Now today I saw a warning about using Pinterest and their terms of use. I hope it’s not true, but it did scare me a little and ruined my happy time of pinning!

  91. 1- I love pinterest because it works better for me than my old system. I used to have a ton of bookmarked favorites of ideas I like, categorized by subject, in my favorites list. And everytime I looked for an idea I had seen I had to rely on my ability to remember what I named it. :) I had always wished for a way to bookmark things and see pictures of it instead of links or names I’d given it so that I could find stuff faster. To me, that’s what Pinterest is! No spending forever looking for something I bookmarked, I can see it right there and findi t easily.
    2- What I love most is that it’s fast to use while perusing websites (I can just pin and move on with what I was doing), and it’s fast for idea retrieval. It’s really easy to just go to my boards and see what I’m thinking of and find it.
    3- My top 3 boards are recipes to try, ideas of stuff to do with my kids, and art.
    4- I’m doing about 50/50.
    5- I’ve used several ideas!
    6- I only go to Pinterest once a day, in the morning. After I’ve done my quiet time and cleared out my e-mail and started breakfast for my kids, I give myself about 10 minutes to peruse and repin things I like. I don’t use a timer or anything, but that’s about the max I spend there. But I do only go once a day unless I’m using it for a search engine for a specific idea. But even then I find an idea that suits, and get off.

  92. 1. I love being able to put all the awesome stuff that is out there in one easy to find place for future reference.
    2. I love that other people find things that I haven’t and I can repin them.
    3. My top 3 boards are yummy, Stuff I would make if I had time, and kid stuff.
    4. I repin a lot more than I pin.
    5. I have tried some recipes and bought some supplies for a few projects…..I may start one today :)
    6. I get sucked in quite frequently…..but I have a 3 year old, so I try to not get on it for too long in a stretch. :)

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