Pimping for Pinterest (and Bacon Coffin WTFkery)

I’ll be honest. I don’t completely get Pinterest. I have an account that I’ve logged into a few times and done nothing with (and yet I have followers. Why?)

I’m feeling a tad curmudgeonly today. Every time I think I’ve got the basics down of whatever social networking platforms are out there, another one comes along. (And oddly enough Pinterest has been around since 2009 – it’s just taking off right NOW.)

And I’m all for getting my message out there however I can do it, but there is a part of me that just wants to shout “Enough already!”

I’ve already got multiple Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, Tumblrs, Linked-In, GetGlue, FourSquare – and I can barely keep up with those half the time. The idea of adding another to the mix?

At the heart of it, I get it – you can pin stuff to your virtual bulletin board. Sort of like if Tumblr were better organized – i.e. the #tags actually worked. And if you had visual representations of those #tags.  But I already spend an unhealthy amount of time on Tumblr as it is (I follow a mostly younger crowd of  gamers and artists, for the most part – it’s one of my guilty pleasures because I can fangirl to my heart’s content and no one cares.)

So is it worth jumping into the pinning pool?

I don’t know. I read an article the other day that says Pinterest is mostly enjoyed by women – I guess the ability to categorize things appeals to our inner organizers or something. And I understand – one of the reasons I hang out on Tumblr as much as I do is because I can easily reblog pictures and inspirational sayings and all the rest of it (as well as type out actual posts, if I’m so inclined.) So maybe Pinterest is Tumblr for grown-ups?

I don’t know, but for some reason it’s just not clicking with me. Maybe it’s the organization thing – I like Tumblr because I don’t have to think much – just hit like or reblog and I’m done.  The idea of trying to organize images of unicorns or roses or fashion stuff or animals or whatever into neat little piles gives me the shivers.

I mean – I can’t even organize my house. Spending time doing it virtually?


But now that I’m done with book revisions, I’ll probably poke around the site again and see if there’s something I’ve missed. I do have invites, if anyone wants one.

In the meantime, enjoy this video about bacon coffins.

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6 Responses to Pimping for Pinterest (and Bacon Coffin WTFkery)

  1. I did Tumblr for a while but got frustrated because I could never find things again. Pinterest is similar but different and I love it in a way I never loved Tumblr. Mostly I use it for bookish stuff. (I’m actually doing a blog post about how I use it tomorrow.)

    The thing is, you need to choose which social media platforms work best for you. And if it isn’t Pinterest, it just isn’t. Odds are a lot of the same people who would follow you on Pinterest follow you other places too.

    • allison says:

      I admit that the archiving thing on Tumblr completely blows. I would never use Tumblr as any sort of professional platform – it’s far too buggy. As a time sink? I love it.

      I shall check out your blog post tomorrow. (Send me a linkey?) 😀

  2. Jane Kindred says:

    People (like me) are following you because it isn’t clear until one follows that your boards are all empty. 🙂 I think the more interesting question would be: Why do you have a Pinterest account with six empty boards? LOL.

    • allison says:

      Um. Well…I think I logged in all of two times, so I have NO idea how I managed to get 6 empty boards. Perhaps I’ll look at filling them. LOL

  3. Roni Loren says:

    I’m on Pinterest, but I basically am using it for my own amusement–meaning, I don’t scan the dashboard or whatever to look for stuff to pin from other people. I just don’t have time and I’m on Tumblr too so if I want to do that, I go there. But I do like having a board for each of my books so that when I run across something online that fits with the book–an inspiration photo for a character, setting, whatever, I can hit the Pin It bookmarklet on my browser and it goes to that board for safe keeping. Other people can look at it if they want. I also have a Boyfriend of the Week board and pin the weekly man candy there, which has brought some people to my blog. So *shrug* it’s not something I go on daily, but more like a little scrapbook I keep on the side that others can view if they want.

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