Pinning with PurposePublished 6:50am Thursday, May 9, 2013
The Fergus Falls mother of four daughters is a self-proclaimed collector of ideas and images.
“I have always been a collector of ideas and images,” she said. “Pinterest gives me a way to organize and file them that makes it easy to find. I don’t have to remember where I put it and it’s not taking up space. I don’t have to dust them. They are easy to find.”
Pinterest is one of the newest social media sites that has inspired many with a plethora of ideas on any topic, from food to fashion, love and school lessons, party ideas to yoga, and more.
The pinboard-style site “allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own pinboards, or ‘like’ photos,” according to Wikipedia.
It’s changed my life,” Hubert said. “I know that sounds dramatic, but it really has.”
Hubert has collected — pinned — 8,015 ideas onto her more than 100 boards. While that may sound like a daunting number, Pinterest makes it easy to retrieve the information, she said.
Even if she comes across an idea while reading a magazine at the doctor’s office, she can go home, open Pinterest and search for the magazine and article.
A homeschooler, Hubert has a board specifically for ideas to use with her daughters and another for projects to use with her Sunday school class.
And she created boards for each of her girls. She pins ideas unique to each girl’s interests and they enjoy looking there for projects, too.
“I like like looking at the stuff,” said Madison. “I made a mini bow and arrows from an idea on Pinterest.”
Another prolific user of Pinterest, Sybil Priebe, an English instructor at North Dakota State College of Science, received an invite from a friend years ago, when the only way to get onto Pinterest was by invitation. She quickly found it could be more than a place to collect recipes and fashion tips.
“It was so grass-roots, nobody knew how to use it,” she said. “But the minute I got on there I was hooked. I created a couple of boards and then found the search bar and realized it could be a helpful tool for teaching.”
She now collects ideas that can be incorporated into her lesson plan, and spark discussion.
While the site seems rather superficial, Priebe has found more substantive content there as well.
Thinking about sexism for a class discussion, she decided to check out Pinterest.
“I was blown away,” she said. “There is more to this website than how to hang a wreath on the door. This site might become the new Google.”
She saw old posters from the 50s depicting sexism, and read a plethora of conversations on the topic.
“The topic was explored in a different way,” Priebe said. “It is like a new research tool. I didn’t expect that.”
Both Hubert and Priebe found that the site can be a time sucker — and addictive — and both now visit Pinterest more often with a specific focus in mind.
“For a while I would get on there, and like an hour would pass in what seemed like a few minutes,” she said. “I’m getting much better about having a focus when I go on there. If I stay focused, I won’t go where I don’t want to go.” she said
Hubert also filters her choice of pins well, she said.
“I don’t pin indiscriminately,” she said. “I try to pin with purpose.”
By Debbie Irmen