The problem with Pinterest.

I like the pictures.

I do. I really do. I’m a visual learner, and being able to gorge myself on ideas is quite satisfying.


I typically troll the home décor section of ol’ Pinterest, seeing as how I have an old house that will never be done-ish. I’ve found Pinterest to be a good way to research period details of my house. This has made slogging past all the McMansion posts to be a worthwhile endeavor.


You know what really kills me? It’s the comments.

“Must do!”

“Posting so I remember this when I have a house / baby / garden / bigger house / bigger baby / what-have-you!”

“Wish I’d done this.”

Ugh. It’s just all these women shoulding all over themselves. Like we aren’t good enough, with our right-enough homes and our just-fine interior design.

No. Instead, we have to shame ourselves by publicly posting to-do lists and reminders of our own perceived inadequacies.

Most of my pins have just 1-word descriptions – really insightful stuff like “Entryway” or “Kitchen.” Enough so that search can function. But I refuse to attach any kind of action or emotion to them. Because I am a crotchety old biddy who does not have the time to make freakish lists of impractical to-dos or OCD regrets.

And don’t even get me started on the grammar on Pinterest. Oh, sweet Jesus.

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  • Reply Average Jane June 1, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I do like to go in and add comments when I have used a pinned recipe or other tip. But yeah, I'll keep my pre-trial motivations to myself.

  • Reply Rainbow Motel June 2, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Totally!! If I see another "YOUR SUCH A GOOD ARTIST!" or "THEIRS A TON OF GOOD IDEAS HEAR!" I'm going to spit up.

  • Reply Patience_Crabstick June 3, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Agreed, especially when the pinner is planning for a life event that won't take place for years. "SOMEDAY WHEN I OWN A 'HOME'" could be years away and most likely your tastes will have changed by then. I do like the pictures though, and I have found some good recipes through pinterest.

  • Reply Green Girl in Wisconsin June 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Pinterest and I have kind of let space grow between us. It's for the best. We're passing acquaintances these days.

  • Reply Claudia from Idiot's Kitchen June 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I usually pin cocktails, cookies, and the occasional picture of Eddie Vedder so it's all good. However, I would LOVE a Pinterest Tattoo filter. good lord, are these people serious?

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