By Joanie Buettgen
As a non-fiction writer, I’m always looking for new material. This time around I thought, I’d found, a large variety of tangible information.
My daughter Rene’, is a “Generation Xer”. According to Wikipedia, this term includes people born from the early 1960s through the early 1980s.
These kids are electronically adaptable. That is to say, they live and breathe on their PCs.
In this day and age of social networking sites like, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, the rapid pace is overwhelming.
That is why, when I was introduced Pinterest, I was skeptical.
The first step to insanity goes something like this: You are invited to join via a friend request. Mine was through Facebook. If you accept, you’ll receive a confirmation from a complete stranger.
And then the madness continues.
If you’re not a part of this community, the next part could leave you discouraged.
Step two involves typing a personal and secret Login and Password. If you don’t have one, make one up. If you’d rather not, please don’t read any further.
You’ll be OK. Just move on to something more exciting like a lobotomy
If on the other hand you decide to join, you’ll have a few surprises in-store for you. For instance, you’ll be the proud owner lots of paperwork, which includes all of these necessary logins and passwords.
Note to self. Don’t ever, ever, ever, loose this paperwork. Or you’ll likely go into a state of shock. This actually happened to me. I found it days later under stacks of stuff.
Here’s another note to self, if you have more than one login/password accounts…Cry now. Then go to step two. Again.
Next is step three. This is where you’ll be directed to the main board with your cute little photo in the top right hand corner. Remember, this starting page, as its gets a little hairy from here on out.
Basically, you add a “Pin It” button under your favorites. If you don’t have favorites, maybe you should consult an IT professional. Now.
This Pin-it button allows you to search the Pinterest site or you can really get overloaded and search the Web. Either way you’ll spend countless hours, followed my monotonous days and sleepless nights, scanning these picture boards.
These eye-catching photo boards include numerous subjects ranging from A-Z. For instance they include, “Architecture to Weddings.” These pictures can be added to your Pinterest site by clicking on either the cute little “Repin” (push pin) button, the “Like” (heart) button or the “Comment” (box) button.
Are you confused yet? I thought so.
Maybe this will help. For instance my “Board” includes the following: My style, I love, Favorite Places & Spaces, For the Home, Dream Home, Beautiful Home. Are you seeing a pattern here? And finally, “Products I love, and my favorite, “My writing habits.”
And at last, the real kicker ones are, “Videos and “Popular gifts”. That is where your checkbook or credit cards start to do either the happy dance or the sad scenario scream.
Here’s a bit of advice to you. Try not to “Browse” on their drop-down menus. You’ll discover the fine art of: nerve racking, finger clicking, and button browsing.
Now, the real insanity begins.
The most annoying part of this whole exercise is the daily updates from our most loving family and kind friends.
Now, that they’ve got you hooked on their pet project, you can decide to “Find it”, “Pin it”, and “Share it”.
The final hitch of all this, is the constant, ridiculous, networking.
Now, that my entire life is on this electronic board, I wonder if any real people or real friends are really that interested in my real life?
Joanie Buettgen is…“Just another columnist trying out this new stuff.”
Published: AfterFiftyLiving.com, Café’ of Dreams, More.com, Minnesota Moments Magazine, Thankful-Home.tv, Carver County Historical Society, Kansas City BBQ Society, Carver County News, National Barn Alliance, and Ridgeview Medical Center newsletter.
Memberships: National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Toastmaster’s, Minnesota Newspaper Association, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop.