The conversation at the breakfast table this morning revolved around Pinterest.
The Significant Other, in between bites of buttered toast, gloated that he’d read an article that 80 percent of Pinterest users are women.
(Never you mind that he too has a Pinterest account where he pins images of American classic cars.)
And I say gloated because in the past, he’s likened my love of pinning to collecting.
“Come on, Bella. You can’t deny women love to collect things! If you really think about it, pinning reminds me of something one of my female cousins used to do.”
“You mean, the one I met at Christmas who told me she made a voodoo doll with your name on it when she was eight?”
“Funny! No, I’m referring to how she used to collect paper clothes for her paper dolls. You women collect pins in the same way.”
I pondered what he’d said a few minutes before replying, “Pinning reminds me of how you boys collected Hot Wheels and stuffed them in a tiny yellow suit case that had a million compartments.”
“Oh, just pass the butter already!”
Long after the breakfast dishes had been cleared, I was still thinking about what the Significant Other had said.
And I have to admit he’s right.
For the most part, I dare say many of us are collecting photos of shoes we’re never going to buy, food we’re never going to cook, and weddings we may never celebrate.
This makes me wonder what prompts us to continue exercising the role of “collector.”
Is it because each photo allows us to dream of possibilities?
Or is it because deep down inside we all love pretty things?
I will admit that I use Pinterest as my personal vision board–one gigantic vision board composed of 31 smaller boards, totaling 3,426 pins.
Yes, folks, to date 3,426 of “possibilities,” of “some day,” of “in my alternate universe,” and of “how I wish.”
But before this post becomes a long winded narrative on dreaming and imagining, I have something to say about Pinterest.
Or better yet, its users.
And what better way to say it than a letter?
A letter I composed in my head immediately after I verified how many pins I had actually “collected.”
Dear Pinterest User:
If you take the trouble to “repin” 67 of my pins in one sitting, why not have the courtesy to click the “like” button at least once?
Or for that matter, why not just follow my board?
I think you owe me at least that after having used all of my pins to create your own “Too Cute for Words” board.
Also, if you pin a pin, doesn’t that mean you like it enough to pin it?
And if that’s the case, what prevents you from clicking the “like” button?
I’m under the impression that there is no charge for such actions but in so doing, you’re showing appreciation to the person who took the trouble to pin the pins you have now collected.
(In this case, me, but it could be someone else.)
Please do not read this letter as a gripe.
Instead, see it as a reminder that it’s always nice to show appreciation to those who help you dream; to those whose dreams are similar to yours.
After all, considering Pinterest has brought us together, don’t you think it’s nice to show a little solidarity to a fellow dreamer?
What’s your greatest peeve about Pinterest users?
Note: So what do Roxy and Olivia have to do with Pinterest?
Not a thing! I just thought I’d start off your week with a little love from my favorite furry friends!