In my early months of maternity leave I could always be found with my cell phone in hand. This was mostly to keep track of feedings and naps etcetera, but it also kept me in a state of connection with the real world. All day long I would scan twitter and facebook. Sometimes even browsing blogs--though I found it difficult to do much commenting or typing on the phone, especially when one handed.
Talk about isolation. Nothing like spending all day alone with a newborn to make you feel utterly unconnected.
Thank goodness for smart phones and friends who were eager to share new time sucks with me...like Pinterest. (Lisa gets full
Clever little time suck--how I love you.
Admittedly I still haven't really gotten into Pinterest on the computer--perhaps because I rarely make it to the computer these days--but on the iPhone? Love.
What is Pinterest? For those of you who haven't jumped on board yet, Pinterest is basically a virtual bulletin board of...things. Style/fashion, and crafts, and recipes, and notions, and and and. It solves the organizational problems of bookmarking a website to revisit later or starring posts in Google Reader because all of those bookmarks can be stored in specific boards on Pinterest, thus organizing all of these websites together in one place.
Why didn't someone think about this earlier?
I don't think I exaggerate when I say that Pinterest truly is awesome possum.
So what do I pin? Pinterest gives you basic pin boards when you create your account but they're customizable and you can create as many boards as you'd like. I tend to pin recipes, quilting and crafting ideas, photography tips, idea for Elle, organizational ideas, bucket list items, holiday crafts/treats, home decor, bookshelves I drool over, and the occasional odd pin.
Now, just need to find the time to utilize some of these pins! But until then, I'll just keep collecting.
So...do you Pinterest? If not...what are you waiting for?? And while you're at it, follow me!