Just call me Alice.
I seem to have a penchant for going down rabbit holes.
Several columns ago (Bluffton Sun, Feb. 18, 2015), in discussing the dangers of too many emails, I mentioned something about going down rabbit holes of communication.
“Rabbit holes are vicious time wasters,” I wrote.
Well, I have discovered a portal of rabbit holes even more insidious than email. I have found Pinterest.
I am, quite frankly, surprised that I have survived my foray into that world long enough to eke out this column.
In case you are not aware of this social media phenomenon, Pinterest apparently is taking the DIY world by storm. Found at www.pinterest.com, or as an app on tablets and smartphones, Pinterest offers a plethora of great ideas for projects to build-sew-paint-cook.
The name comes from old-fashioned push pins on a bulletin board. Users can effectively “steal” ideas from those presented and pin them to their own interest “boards,” each with a different title.
The site reels in viewers with a screenful of eye candy. Each idea is represented, usually, with a single, colorful photograph that lures one in with its cleverness.
For example, on a recent opening screen, I found dynamic photos of a tie-dyed T-shirt cover-up, a glass bead candleholder, a coffee table made from an old door and decorative concrete curbing and a clever flip-flop hanger. There were dozens of projects I thought I could build-sew-paint-cook.
Click on any enticing photo and enter the rabbit hole of ingenuity.
You might find instructions, or a recipe, or even the actual website whence the item originated. Or just a larger photo of the Incredibly Creative Project. It doesn’t matter. You probably won’t stay there.
Because at the bottom of THAT screen are “related pins” with even more tempting photos of Incredibly Creative Projects.
I clicked on the flip-flop hanger and found precise instructions. Pretty cool, I thought. That’s something I can easily build-sew-paint-cook.
Then at the bottom of the screen were related ideas: hangers for purses, hangers for bras, hangers for jewelry, instructions on how to make fancy flip-flops, shoe racks – you get the idea.
Click on one, and off you go again. Eventually, you could get lost forever in the land of “31 Insanely Easy and Clever DIY Projects” or “17 Life Hacks You Must Know.”
I really don’t understand the whole Pinterest thing. It is considered social media because users “share” the items – or pins – they find. Users can follow other users. Somehow, I have 37 followers, and I’m following 303 other pinners. How did that happen?
I suppose I should just take it at face value, enjoy the pretty pictures and maybe even pin a couple of my favorites to omy boards. There really are some clever ideas there.
And that’s the paradox. If I could just climb out of the Pinterest rabbit holes and shut down the computer, perhaps I’d have enough time to build-sew-paint-cook some of the great ideas I’ve found.