Over this summer, I put some more effort into the Sparrow Tree Square Pinterest account and began to feel that I was actually getting the hang of it. Encouraged, I revisited my personal Pinterest account this autumn and made some new boards to gather products and ideas related to the kinds of things I write about here--decorating, knitting, arts and crafts, and beauty. It was fun and quickly became a little addictive pinning things I had bookmarked and searching out new things to pin.
I felt that I was now quite Pinterest-savvy, but according to this e-mail they sent me Pinterest apparently disagrees:
The first tip is where I've failed according to Pinterest. I know that lots of people use Pinterest to find new ideas by following others' boards, and that many people use Pinterest to share things with followers. I do the latter at my Sparrow Tree Square account, but the former on neither. On my personal account I've been using Pinterest like a virtual version of a design inspiration board combined with a visual version of internet bookmarks--I don't mind if other people see and get inspiration from my pins, but I'm mostly creating these boards for my own enjoyment and reference rather than for sharing. I also prefer to use Pinterest to save things that I've found elsewhere rather than a destination for discovery itself, since I find their homepage and search results too disorganized to be useful.
Despite Pinterest's suggestion, I will happily continue using the site in my own way, curating rather than sharing or discovering. I suppose I'm just more "pintroverted" than the average user--and I'm just fine remaining that way, thank you very much.