I love Pinterest.
Let me rephrase that: I love gleefully wasting hours of my time looking at pretty things, and Pinterest allows me to do that.
When I first encountered the site during my senior year of college, it did wonders for (which is to say it entirely hindered) my attention span, particularly in the classroom. Poor elbow patch-clad Professor Kydd. If only his lectures on World War I peace negotiations had been as enticing as Pinterest boards devoted to low-calorie pumpkin baked goods. Alas…
Since those days, however, I have come to appreciate a more practical side of Pinterest. I work in social media marketing (“What’s that?” you say. “You have a job?!” I do! But more on that later) and am expected to advise clients as they integrate Pinterest into their social media strategies. This is one practical side of the platform I deal with on a daily basis, but recently I’ve found a more fun, albeit equally practical (ehh, that’s debatable), aspect of the site.
Holiday wishlists. It took a salary for me to realize just how royally broke I am, and thus I’ve started compiling a list (or board, rather) of household “necessities” (I use that term loosely) I’d love to be gifted come December 25. I try to keep items like toilet paper holders and tupperware off the list (though a lovely Anthropologie dish towel set was on the list for a day before I realized it would be the bleakest Christmas gift in the history of the holiday), but it does have a more practical theme than lists of the past.
More than fulfilling my own needs and desires, it’s proven useful in providing family members with ideas of what my impossible-to-shop-for-sister may want for the holidays. You’ll notice the board has a whole two items on it as of yet (like I said, impossible to shop for), but browsing for gifts, whether they be for her, me or everyone else, has proven a mildly more practical way to waste away the evening on Pinterest.
Note: Some of you may be wondering why I’m talking about Christmas lists in September. Ha, clearly we do not know each other. Let me take this moment to introduce myself. Hi, I’m Jacqueline, and since the age of 13 I have started my Christmas shopping in July. Thanks for visiting my website.