When Pinterest opened the secret boards there was never a question in my mind about what they were for. They were for pinning when you didn’t want people to know you were still pinning after hours and hours. You know those nights when you tumble down the rabbit hole that is a new found obsession. Pin after pin floods from you to your boards. Other pinners, I’m sure scroll through wondering what the heck was going on. Everything from quiona recipes, plus size fashion to work out inspiration.

Secret boards are for those times when you just know if you pin one more thing people are going to work out your home address and cut your cable with rusty garden sheer’s while contemplating if they should break in and throw your laptop into the street for good measure. Those days. And I love that. You see, I’m a Pinterest convert.

Happiest place on earth! Disneyland doesn’t hold that title for me any more and I love Disneyland like someone who loves something very much. For me Pinterest is the happiest place on earth. Got only zucchini a left in the fridge, search for recipes. Want to teach yourself how to sew after one too many wine’s on a Saturday night, no problem. Want to quietly stalk ever move a celeb ever makes, Pinterest has your back.

Did I ever tell you about the time I spent hours {literally} after searching for hunger games laughing my butt off. Probably not, it makes me look like an obsessive fan with a copious amount of time on my hands. Which I sort of am, I guess. The memes, the images and the creativity of people. Ha. I really liked the books, but the Pinterest feed was SOMETHING ELSE. Pinterest really is the place for all things obsession. Whatever your thing, Pinterest will show you the good, the bad and the funny of it.

It wasn’t always love at first sight for Pinterest and I. When I fist joined I didn’t really get what all the fuss was about. There seemed like a lot of housewife based cleaning and recipe posts, kids activities and photos of beautiful homes I could never dream of replicating. It felt like a bit too much pressure for me. Pressure to perform. After all, I still have my house cleaned every week and I only work part-time. I’m housewife deficient.

Bit by bit I added people I wanted to follow. I search for my areas of interest. I started boards filled with outfits I love, clothes and shoes I want to buy and parties I want to throw. I got over my own insecurities about not being good enough. I fell back in love with cooking. I planned an entire business concept using a secret board even using it to demonstrate the idea to the bank for funding (It’s on hold for now, but watch this space. Wink wink). Now I pin recipes, extravagant homes and organising tips with the best of them. I’m the converted. The Pinterest converted.

What about you? Am I preaching to the choir on this one?

  • Carly Findlay

    I’m not a pinned. I thought that it could be another social media platform I could get involved in, but then I wondered when I’d get the time. I’d rather be writing some freelance stuff.
    However, I didn’t get the fuss about instagram and then last February i started using it and love it! I use it so much 🙂
    Love that you’re having fun on Pintrest
    Ps – I went to a focus group that featured some over 60s women – they kept on talking about social media like they were experts, and a woman referred to Pintrest as Pin-interest! I wanted to correct her so badly!

    • You’re probably right, there are plenty of other things I can do. But, it really is fun. Haha. I love Instagram too. So bad. Sooo bad. Thank you, I am. That’s what matter right!? That I enjoy it. The rest is whatever.

      LOVE the p.s!!

  • Choir! I follow you on Pinterest too. Haven’t discovered the secret boards yet just the group ones. My Facebook friends will appreciate the secret ones I’m sure.
    Kaz – a lover of organising decorating and recipe boards too!

    • Haha. Secret boards are THE BEST. Actually pretty much all boards are the best. 😉

  • I love it. Sucker for pretty pictures of…well just about everything. Stupid things that make me laugh, beach houses, places to holiday, pretty hair, cool make up. I don’t even pin it all, I just like looking at it. Cheaper than buying magazines.

    • Agreed! I said that to Hubby, it’s like a totally free managing of awesome!

  • I think Pinterest is a lot like tumblr, in that the quality of your feed depends entirely on the quality of people/boards you follow. It’s totally what you make of it. I try to trim mine by following people them removing their boards that I’m not interested in!
    That thing you did with your business proposal? Totally rad. And here I thought secret boards were for planning surprise parties and porn? 😉

    It certainly has evolved a lot since the beginning. I was an early adopter – and it WAS a lot of housewife cleaning tips, food and tablescaping. But now that it has so many diverse users – from artists and photographers to alternative lifestyle folk, it’s so much more interesting. Wonderous, ever-changing variety is what keeps me going back 🙂

    • Absolutely! I agree. I found some of the BEST people to follow. It makes for an entertaining. I do that TOO. I follow their clothes ones, their food ones and ignore the rest.

      I think mostly they’re for porn. Mine is more the exception. Haha. 😛

      I love that last paragraph, that is it exactly. EXACTLY well expressed.

  • Allthingspeachy

    Hallelujah sister! I too am a Pinterest addict and admit to spending a ridiculous number of hours gaining inspiration for DIY projects (I’ll never do), interior design and plus size fashion. My family are however reaping the benefits of some awesome recipes that they would never have had otherwise.
    I’d be devastated if someone took it away from me…… Happy pinning.

  • love it. big time pinner.

    • Do I follow you? i bet you have AWESOME pinning sense. Make sure I do, ok!?

  • Catherine

    Absolutely couldn’t agree more!! I love pinterest, but it’s all about the people you’re following. The right mix makes it fun and interesting, otherwise I seem to be looking at a million weightloss ‘success stories’

    • Haha. YES! The people or using the search is essential, I think. See you there!

  • You are definitely preaching to the choir. I didn’t get it at first but now I totally get it. And I love it.

  • Pamela Collett-Dyer

    I’m a pinner. But I agree that there are a lot of ‘how to clean using this homemade recipe’ and ‘lose weight the easiest way’. I love the art, craft, cooking, education, fitness bits. I have caught my husband looking at the tattoos. I don’t have any secret boards – yet.

    • Yes, it absolutely matters and I find the easiest way to see what I want to see is search or get REALLY selective which boards I follow.

      Maybe Hubby should have got himself a secret tatts board. 😉

  • HumbirdsSong

    Pinterest is my biggest time sucker and I have waaay too many boards. But, it has saved my arse numerous times when it comes to fresh ideas for my art classes!

    • Oh yes! I used to say, I have no idea how people end up there for hours. These days I absolutely get it. I have a lot of boards too. But never enough for everything I want to pin. Haha.

      Great news for the art class!

  • sheribombblog

    Still not on Pinterest yet…I’m too afraid to! You may never hear from me again…

  • I’m with you! Total convert. Though I do limit my time on there, usually I’m too afraid of what it will do to the rest of my day. But a good couple of hours pinning when you’ve got nothing else to do is heaven. And it can be functional as well!

    • It’s the best, a few hours spent, pinning and visiting sites you may never have found otherwise, I love it. It certainly can be a time suck though! Haha.

  • Kirsty

    Hehe my first thought for the secret boards was to pin all the wedding idea stuff I like without my partner getting weirded out 🙂

    • YES! I wish some of the brides to be I know would use secret boards just to avoid the flood of images. Ha. But yes, like me and my business. I went all secret squirrel. 😉