Wednesday, May 7, 2014

things I blame pinterest for

If you've been around here for any length of time, you probably already know that I don't really care for Pinterest. I just don't see its appeal. I mean, I get that it can be useful for finding outfits or decor, but I don't understand how people spend hours on it. And, more than that, I think it has kind of made people crazy.



Examples:

- Every photo shoot now requires a trunk full of props. You aren't Carrot Top (bonus points for anyone who watched way too many TV talk shows as a kid and gets that). You are never actually going to eat cake off of a ruffly plate at a picturesque picnic in the park with twinkle lights overhead so STOP THE CRAZY ALREADY. It's unnatural. What's wrong with photos in your natural state? Or like, one prop that matches the setting? And where are you hanging all these pictures?

- The chalkboardization of America. I get it. I mean I like making things into chalkboards, too, but everything? Why does a globe need to be covered in chalkboard paint? And why are there so many things now that look like chalkboards that aren't actually chalkboards? Pinterest, I blame you.

- If you only look at Pinterest, the only way you can have cute outfits is if you're a thin, attractive white woman. Take a look at the Popular page on Pinterest, or even your own outfit boards. Where are women with imperfections, dark skin, or imperfect hair? NOWHERE. I feel that women who don't fit the mold are rarely shared or repinned. I'm not going to pin those outfits because I am never going to look like that!

- If everyone did all the things they pinned, the lines at Michael's and Hobby Lobby would be like Walmart on Black Friday every damn day. Just saying.

- Baby and Bridal Showers have gotten crazy. My friend Sarah is pregnant (yay!) and I offered to host a shower for her with some other friends... and immediately got a little terrified. Do I have to have chalkboard signs saying what everything is, bunting, tissue paper poms, matching paper straws, a theme, and perfect yet not overdone party games? WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO? Luckily Sarah is the sweetest girl ever and would say none of this is necessary, but it's sad that that has become the new expectation for many. And don't get me started on gender reveals. Is it so wrong to find out in the privacy of an ultrasound room with just your husband present?

I know I'm in the minority, but we all have our things that other people like that we just don't get. Pinterest happens to be mine. I'll just be bookmarking things the old-fashioned way if you need me.

Linking up with Kathy so I can get this off my chest!

35 comments:

  1. I love pinterest but I agree people take it way too far. I mean WHY are mason jars sooo popular? Pinterest. Also if that wasnt clear... I really dont get the fascination with mason jars! ha

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  3. i only go onto pinterest at the very least once a year (for christmas card making ideas) or if i need a DIY. other than that, i stay away from it. mostly because i forget it's there.

    thanks for linking up!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. I once heard that looking at models in magazines makes women feel bad about themselves, but I think Pinterest is the real culprit. I will occasionally browse through and walk away feeling like I'm less of a woman because I am not nearly as creative or as artsy as apparently every other woman out there (joking, obviously). I have no real interest in Pinterest (see what I did there?! I'm so clever!)

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  5. i love pinterest! but i effing hate chalkboards. there, i said it. whatevs. i hate how it makes me feel inadequate sometimes, like i try an outfit and i dont look like the perfect skinny white girl, or my house doesnt look as cute and perfect as all the ones on the home decor website. i have learned to let it go though, and i just have fun.

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  6. I hate chalkboard paint. A bunch of local thrift and flea market places here have stopped selling their furniture with the original stain, instead they are chalkboard painting everything. They are ruining centuries old furniture due to Pinterest. Breaks my heart.

    -Jackie
    http://ournashvillelife.com

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  7. It wasn't until you pointed it out, but the "chalkboardization".. woah.. TRUTH!

    I'm a pinterest-er, but I really just use it as a time burner, find quotes that are sappy, funny, or motivational, pin them, then walk away when I have something else to do. I stay away from outfits or event planning or make up or anything but sarcastic quotes and sappy shit.

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  8. I agree that Pinterestizing (I know, not a word) everything has gotten out of hand.

    I do like Pinterest for the recipes, but I love to cook/bake. My recipe board is a little out of control :)

    I have always gone a little over board with parties & showers and that was before Pinterest. But oddly, I do not even get many party planning ideas from Pinterest.

    My biggest pet peeve with Pinterest is pins that are not linked properly. If I see a cute shirt I want to know where to buy it, not somebody else's commentary on it.

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  9. I do love Pinterest but I think it's more about the pretty pictures and the few interesting blog posts I find that way.

    I definitely don't have a pinteresting life though and probably never will.

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  10. I like using pinterest as a place to store recipes in lieu of cookbooks and binders in my home.

    I'm annoyed that people feel the need to go so overboard with every goddamn thing nowadays. Having a party? Put some food out.

    You know what I hate and blame on pinterest? Paper straws. THEY ARE GROSS.

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  11. I see what you're saying--and you have a valid point to not be a fan of Pinterest. But I think too it also relates to what your interests are. I mainly use pinterest for quotes, nail art and recipes. I'm not a fashionista and will never dress like those ladies. I'm not Martha Stewart and will never be able to create half that stuff. I think a lot of it is weeding through what's there and find what relates to you. It's something I enjoy--but definitely don't spend hours on. I do think Pinterest is to blame for everyone going crazy over the top a lot of times! I'll admit--I'm so glad pinterest wasn't a thing when I got married!

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  12. I love Pinterest! But chalkboards, mason jars, and burlap?! So unnecessary. And it's like everyone who pins totally forgot what life was like before Pinterest. you know you've enjoyed a party that did not have a watermelon basket with more fruit in it.

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  13. I love Pinterest...love! I like to be able to save all the neat stuff stuff I find while wasting time on the internet :) Maybe I'm a new brand of hoarder :)I use Pinterest to plan all of our meals...I like to have new recipes to try all of the time. I like to save maybe pieces (clothes, furniture, whatever) so then I can look at all my choices easily when deciding on a piece. I certainly see your point on needing more diversity, as well as the whole over the top parties. I can't believe how out of control kids birthday parties are now...seriously it use to be roller-skating, pizza, and a sheet cake was a big deal. Now they are like mini weddings :) I do blame Pinterest for a lot of that. Ha, Ha "chalkboardization of America"...I'm not going to lie,I would love to chalkboardize our beer fridge-but it's too much work :)

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  14. I do like Pinterest for recipes, decorating, etc. and it makes it easy to keep things in one place, but I too don't understand how people can spend hours on it. Also, it makes me feel inadequate, and I think I am pretty damn put together. My baby shower had no signs telling people what the food or drink was (and guess what? people figured it out just fine), no bunting, and no paper straws (which I don't get anyway--paper plus water equals disgustingness).

    Chalkboards perplex me too. They are messy, no one has handwriting that looks as nice as the ones on Pinterest do, and they sound like a good idea for about a month, and then they just collect dust. Down with the chalkboard paint.

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  15. I love Pinterest but I rarely follow through with anything I pin. I need to be better about that- my house could use about 8 chalkboard something or others!

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  16. I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I love getting recipes and recipe inspiration from it. I also have seen some DIY projects that I feel I could actually do and are reasonable. But you are right, I am NEVER going to look like any of the clothes models, nor can I come up with a PERFECT party with every damn last detail...and I don't want to. I mean....waaaaayyyyyy too much goes into making everything look perfect. Shouldn't we just be enjoying life instead. Naturally without it being staged?

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  17. I love Pinterest, but I know exactly what you mean. The "standard" for things has gotten crazy because of it.

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  18. I definitely had to stop using Pinterest so much because I fell into that "my life isn't perfect enough" slump. Now I use it for inspiration and try to stay away from anything "home" since I don't own one and won't any time soon. But they're so pretty...

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  19. amen! amen! amen to all of this!!!!! anytime i get on pinterest i just feel bad about my life after i am done. which is just a horrible feeling. AND i loved the carrot top reference. speaking of him have you seen him recently? he has had a ton of plastic surgery. i think being a ginger has scared him for life.

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  20. I love Pinterest (althought I'm definitely not on it as much as I used to be) but this made me laugh. I'm definitely in the "I'm going to pin this & forget about it forever" category. Except when it comes to food. That's where I get all of my meal ideas.

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  21. I've hosted a baby shower post-pinterest and yes - it is that scary. You do have to put some thought into it and you do have to have an instagram hashtag for everyone to use for the photos to be collected at.

    I'm not sure I'll ever do that (alone) again!

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  22. I love Pinterest for keep track of things I want to try or remember but people go way overboard trying to recreate things or make everything so perfect. I could not live in a Pinterest home my house is lived in!

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  23. I love Pinterest and hate it all at the same time. One all the tutorials are such crap and the kitchens are like like bigger than my condo but I still love it and go on it....it's an addiction for sure!

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  24. I don't get the chalkboard crazy! I mean, that shit will just wipe right off and look sloppy as fuck!

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  25. The chalkboard thing amuses me. I know every year I'm going to see kids with it on the first day of school. I would never do it. Not for me.

    I did have my daughter hold up a sign that said, "My Mom doesn't craft," just to be silly.

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  26. I'm no huge pinterest fan. I do like the "search" factor when I'm searching something specific...which is sometimes Captain Hook from Once Upon a Time for whatever reason...
    But actually following/using/doing every Pinterest says? That's kinda weird. I'm absolutely convinced that photo props are an excellent way to make your pictures look dated and "that's so 2010s!" really, really fast.

    Also, I love putting on a party--but I do not understand why one ought to have signs declaring what type of food everything is. I'm hosting my cousin's open house next week...and I will not have signs declaring "Cupcakes" "chip dip" "Fruit".

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  27. I'm a fan of Pinterest, but I definitely agree about the staging of EVERYTHING! I never really thought about it until I started blogging, and wondering why my plain ol' food on a plate never looked as cute as the Pinterest food. The butt load of props helps for sure, but it's just not worth the hassle ;-) I mostly use Pinterest to collect pages that I saw elsewhere and liked; looking through the site itself does give you a lot of the same stuff over and over (but there are days when I like that too.)

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  28. Girl, I completely agree with all of your points! Pinterest has gotten totally out of hand and it makes us all think that unless if everything is picture perfect, we aren't living life right. And that's a buncha BS.

    I will absolutely attest to the fashion pictures since I am fully immersed in fashion blogging culture - the pins that get repinned like wildfire are absolutely of skinny, gorgeous, white women with professional looking photos. Is this Vogue magazine or what?! I pin ALL of my outfits I've ever posted and I've NEVER gotten more than like 5 repins...probably because I'm not skinny enough or perfect looking enough. It's definitely not the outfits that are holding me back because a lot of times I'm wearing the same dang style that I see getting repinned like crazy. AND I know it's not due to my lack of followers because I have had a couple of pins of OTHER people that have been repinned 200+ times. What gives, people?!

    /endrant

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  29. haha soooo agree. i love looking at pinterest too but feel like an unfashionable slob too. i create recipe posts sometimes and don't have the time for one million photo props either! ha.

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  30. I have a similar distaste for Twitter. I refuse to join! I do use Pinterest to browse like everyone else, recently I've started to use it to share blog content too. Not every post, just things I think different audiences would find helpful, like my tips for moving out of state or interview advice from a hiring manager posts. I've found it to be a great way to reach a much larger audience.

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  31. I looove Pinterest! I like pinning outfit ideas, but I have stopped pinning all the DIY projects after being on Pinterest for a few years and completing none of them :). Some of the stuff there is ridiculous. Everything doesn't have to be DIY!!

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  32. I just want to put out there that I liked mason jars before they were popular. There, got that off my chest.
    I could spend maybe an hour solely looking at stuff on Pinterest. I am a sucker for looking at all the quotes, pretty travel pictures (mostly of locations I will probably never see in real life), and humor ones. I am really picky on what I do pin. And I will say I haven't done all the projects I pinned. Surprised? Me neither.
    I think Pinterest ups the "ante" too much. Like your wedding or shower has to have all this stuff in order to be fun. I think that all the time. But fortunately, I usually don't have time for it, so I only do a couple of things I find on Pinterest or get my own ideas from pins I see. For instance, I was super excited that I thought about putting all sorts of blue packaged stuff (gum, candy, lip balm) in a mason jar as a prize for a baby shower.
    I'd say it was a blessing in disguise that Pinterest wasn't around when I was getting married.

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  33. Ok somehow I missed this post completely even though I got a shout out in it (yay!) - I totally agree with you that pinterest ruined baby showers and parties of all kinds. I have always loved to throw shin-digs and all of a sudden I felt like what I was doing wasn't good enough, I kept trying harder and they never looked like the ones I drooled over online - so now I don't do that. I mean I like to add details here and there and match colors and generally be festive, but it's about the people and the food and not the pictures, usually. I still battle with wanting perfection when it's for a blog post because I guess I feel I have to compete. So dumb! Ah! Also, food labels are banned from my shower :) I don't care if there are decorations at all, just people and food!

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  34. yes, pinterest is definitely the place to feel bad about yourself! we still love it though, right?

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