Thursday, January 26, 2012

Teachable Moment

Do not, under any circumstance, EVER say or type any of the following:

"Pinterest has the best recipes!"
"Pinterest has the best photography!"
"Pinterest has the cutest clothes!"
"Pinterest has the best ideas!"
"I read the best blog post on Pinterest!"
"I made it from Pinterest!"

Please commit the following to memory: Pinterest is not a retailer. Pinterest is not a designer. Pinterest is not a blog. Pinterest is not a photographer. Pinterest is, plain and simply, a place to catalogue images from the internet. It is a great tool for visually organizing bookmarked pages, but it is not the creator of those things.

[If I had a friend named Jerry who wallpapered an entire room with images of dresses he’d cut out of magazines, I wouldn’t say, “Jerry has THE BEST dresses!!” unless I was an absolute dummy, and I am not a dummy. Instead, I’d say, “Jerry has the best pictures of dresses!” You see the difference? Please get the language right.]

To make it easier for you, here’s a list of things you CAN say about Pinterest:

"I found it on Pinterest!"
"Isn’t Pinterest a great way to organize recipes from all over the internet?"
"If you’re wondering what to get me for my birthday, see my “Gimme gimme gimme” board on Pinterest."
"You can get lots of design ideas by browsing Pinterest."
"Look at this funny picture I saw on Pinterest!"

One more thing. If you want to link to something you found on Pinterest, send a link to the actual website, NOT to the pin on your profile. This will not only prove that you understand how Pinterest works, but also eliminate an extra step for me.


[PS - My mom once called me Jerry.]


  1. true, true!

    i need to follow you on pinterest! (i said that right, right?)

  2. I know next to nothing about Pinterest. . . except that I'll probably get sucked in during these long Wyoming evenings when children are sleeping and my husband is constantly preparing lessons. . .

  3., but I'll warn you, my pins are mostly pictures of hedgehogs taking baths.

  4. If you were single, I would propose marriage on the basis of your understanding of grammar.