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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Oh no, I have given in to Pintrest

My kids have been home sick this week, and they, the wonderful sharing creatures they are, decided to give that blessing to me as well.  So besides sitting on the couch all day flipping though the channels I perused the internet.  Then it happened... I gave into the urge to sign up for a Pintrest account.  What have I done?

For months now I have been watching as everyone around me has been sucked into the vacuum of clicking. Laughing to myself about how I was going to stand firm and not join in.  Well, obviously I am weak willed.  It's not that I haven't thought about it before, read blog posts on its usefulness, visited other sites that were pretty cool, it's that I really need a lot of time to warm up to something. You have seen me write it before: I am slow to change.  Rarely, very rarely, do I ever jump into anything until after most people have beaten it to death and got all the bugs worked out.  With that in mind, I will stand behind the defense that I wanted my friends to jump in first and tell me if the water was fine or not.

I did get scared off for a while when last fall there were reports about users running into copyright issues. Or confusion over its terms of use. Then the Legal Genealogist made it all a bit clearer for me in her February 2013 post on the issue.

After I made the fever induced leap yesterday to create my Pintrest account, I had to go learn what in the world I was doing.  Really, why am I doing this and who am I trying to reach?  Good questions huh?  I found a For Dummies article about it with a lot of really good links.  Of course Google and other geneabloggers have come to the rescue as well.  It helped that I had my latest issue of Family Tree Magazine sitting next to me yesterday and I saw the blurb for Thomas MacEntee's article on using pintrest.  Seems you all are talking about this a lot.

My biggest hurddle was what types of boards to create.  I looked through many boards other genealogists have put out there and eventually decided that mine should reflect me and my interests in genealogy.  Hopefully that is what I have put together.  I am sure it will be a work in progress for a bit, so excuse my mess, but I would love to hear if you have any tips/tricks/advice for me.

Come visit me over there!


  1. Good for you! I have not dared to do pinterest yet, even though it looks attractive. I just don't have time right now to keep up a site. I think you are brave -- not weak willed -- to learn about it and try it out!

    Someday I'll join you.

  2. Thanks for those words of encouragement. It is very addictive and you lose track of time, but now that I have started using it I can see the potential.