Five or six weeks ago, I finally got around to jumping on the Pinterest bandwagon. I'll be honest here - it wasn't my first time. Me and bandwagons go way back. Sometimes, the jump is a great thing (Flickr, Twitter, blogging) and other times (Tumblr, WeHeartIt, Facebook), not so much. If I'm honest, the reason it's taken me an age to mention it here is because I thought the novelty might wear off, just like it has with so many other Internet obsessions. But so far, if anything, the opposite is true. I'm hooked - a pinning, repinning, board-filling, fully paid-up Pinterest disciple.
I love the fact it's a tool you can use as you're doing the stuff you normally do online, bookmarking images and saving ideas, but also that it's a place to go specifically for inspiration. Yes, it's easy to get overwhelmed, but you quickly develop ways of filtering the pictures you like the most and just admiring the rest from afar.
For me, it's also been an interesting way of building a clearer picture of my personal style - something I often find tricky. Going back and looking at which images I've chosen to pin, where I've put them and how my boards fit together has been an unexpected and rewarding side-effect of the process.
I've stumbled across new blogs, great ideas, amazing artists, far-too-tempting shops and even gathered up a handful of recipes along the way, all by following links from images or from the people who posted them.
Clearly, as a new convert to the cause, I'd urge you to give it a shot if you haven't already. It may feel like the world and his hipster wife got there first, but don't let that put you off. You can sneak in and get your pin on with the minimum of fuss.
If you do decide to give it a try, you can find me and my boards here, updated very regularly and always happy to find new people, pictures and prettiness.