Sorry, I'm just not Pinterested
I've been a Pinterest member for the best part of a year I guess, grasping one of the elusive invites way back when we all lemming-like jumped on the Pinterest road train. You'd think I'd have boards overflowing with all manner of curios, my wannabee life neatly mapped out before me. But no, I have 3 or 4 boards, none of them full, all of them wanting, and a vague nagging guilt eating away that I should try harder.
I appreciate that I am a lone voice in a 10 million strong community, one according to estimates on the demographic split (97%-3% female / male) that I should find appealing. But the truth is I find it all a bit overwhelming, and well, dare I say it, pointless?
I appear to be missing the curating gene necessary for Pinterest. I want to get it, and I've given it a fair go, but for me it's missing something - like Twitter would be without the witty repartee and inappropriate comments - but I just don't know what it is.
Maybe it's that I'm just not cool enough? And I can't be bothered to try. Every time I visit I feel like I'm being conned in an Emperor's New Clothes kind of way. I feel guilty that people are following my boards and I have no desire to lose hours navigating my way round tea towels and tattoos.
I have a full time job, three demanding kids and a waistline that would benefit from dropping 5kg. Pinterest might be able to help me create a board for each, but that would take up most of the time that I should be managing these issues. If that's the case then the only thing Pinterest can give me is a fast track ticket to osteoporosis and curvature of the spine.
Having just moved house and decluttered to within an inch of my life I see Pinterest as the antithesis of my clean lines - it's social cluttering, albeit with a cool name and an eminently enviable following.
I'm sounding like a hopeless cynic here, please, please enlighten me, tell me what I'm missing and why and I'll keep trying. And in the meantime, if you're a master curator we're preparing to tell you why ITPR might just have the best of both worlds option to capitalising on social clutter...