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Reclaiming Pinterest.

Remember when you first discovered Pinterest? And you followed friends and people who looked interesting and who had interesting ideas? And then you pinned all of these great ideas and projects and inspirations and you loved looking at it every day? And you could spend HOURS scrolling through all of the pins? Remember how lovely that was?

Well. Those days are long gone.

Back when I started using Pinterest, you followed PEOPLE. And the more people you followed, the more pins you saw! So why discriminate? FOLLOW EVERYONE!

But now, the problem is, my dashboard has become something I hate. HATE. HATE. HATE.

A Constant Reminder Of Awesome Things I Do Not (And Will Never) Do

Basically what happens whenever I log into Pinterest to search for something (because it is STILL a great resource), is I look at my dashboard, I want to punch myself in the throat, and then I click away AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE and just search for the thing I’m looking for and then MOVE ON.

Because my dashboard is now filled with things that just make me hate myself.

  • Makeup shots that remind me that I don’t know shit about makeup.
  • Wedding ideas that make me wonder how expensive weddings have gotten in the last decade.
  • Kid’s birthday party themes that make me set aside money for the therapy my kids will need one day because they only got birthday parties – and non-themed ones at that – every few years.
  • Fashion/Outfit layouts that make me feel inadequate in my blue jeans and stained t-shirt.
  • Photos of home interiors that make me want to cancel upcoming events at my house for fear that my home is not presentable.
  • Lesson plans for teaching, reminding me I’d be an awful homeschool parent.
  • Beautiful knitting/quilting/crocheting patterns that I’ll never do because I don’t know how to do any of those things.

It’s Amazing What A Difference An ‘Unfollow’ Makes

But you know what? I still love Pinterest in theory, it just wasn’t being executed well in my life. Now the trend is that Pinterest encourages you to follow boards and not people. SO! I decided to start being proactive and getting the stuff that didn’t inspire me, off my dashboard. I started unfollowing boards. NOT PEOPLE, boards.

So, when I saw 13 million pins about wedding invitations, I simply unfollowed the wedding board of that user. I also unfollowed style boards and makeup boards. I unfollowed homeschooling boards and birthday party idea boards. It really only took a few days! I logged in once in the morning and just unfollowed the boards that ruined my feed – I usually only spent about 10 minutes on that task. After 4 or 5 days I noticed a HUGE difference. And I unfollowed without my thought. Yes. Maybe someday I’ll throw a themed birthday party for my kid, but that day is NOT today: UNFOLLOW. If I ever decide to do that? Then I’ll search for those boards again. But today those pins make me hate myself, so today? UNFOLLOW. And now? I only have to unfollow boards every few days! And usually there are only a few pins from that board messing up my feed. Now? I can open up Pinterest and ENJOY IT.

Building It Back Up

I spent about an hour yesterday adding some boards back into the mix. Some organizational boards and some running boards. I’ll probably do that periodically. I’m also going to be better about following boards when I search for pins. Why not? Following boards that are overall helpful is a GOOD THING. I was looking for free fonts the other day and thought, “Well, duh, follow the font board that has this pin!” And now? Random font pins will show up on my dashboard. WIN!

But also? You must STILL follow people. Not JUST boards. Because by following people? You see pins you never knew you needed in your life.

I would have never sought out an “ART” board to follow, but because I follow users, I was greeted with these lovely pins on my dashboard this morning. And will I buy that art? No. But it inspires me, which is one of the best things about Pinterest. It gives you inspiration. Which is why I wanted to clean up my dashboard because it was giving me self-loathing, not inspiring me.

And now that I’m allowing myself to use Pinterest for inspiration and joy? I’m loving it more. I fell down an “OWL” wormhole the other day, just looking at cute owl stuff on Pinterest and thought: WAIT! I’ll make an Owl Board! and I did JUST THAT. Cute Owl stuff I find I now pin for future inspiration. I (heart) Owls.

I’m just excited to finally have one of my favorite tools back in my life. I no longer want to punch myself in the face when I open up Pinterest. Now, it makes me smile.

SO! Give me your user name and I’ll follow you. And if you have boards that maybe make me hate myself? (See: NAIL ART) I’ll unfollow that board, but I’ll still follow you! Because YOU will still sometimes pin things that I love, just not to the nail art board.

Quick note about yesterday’s entry. I’ve decided I’m calling it #transforMAYtion! Do you get it? ISN’T IT AWESOME???

27 thoughts on “Reclaiming Pinterest.”

  1. Hello! My Pinterest account is under CherryCoast (and my profile picture is me with giant fake glasses on my head). I’ve got a million boards, but for you may I take a stab at suggesting my Fitness; Tattos; Musings, Quotes, & Smiles; and Framed and Booked? It’s way past time for me to thin out my boards; I think you’ve inspired me to do it!

  2. My username is julierose. You’ll have to unfollow a few of my boards (*cough*nailart*cough*), but I’ve got some I think you’d like. 🙂

  3. I already follow you! And your nails on instagram don’t make me feel insecure 🙂 Just like I love my friend Lauren’s makeup on instagram. I think peppered in between random other photos on IG it just looks like pretty art. But on my Pinterest dashboard I feel like it’s something I SHOULD BE DOING. 🙂

  4. What a GREAT idea! I’m not sure why it never occurred to me to do this. Sometimes a friend will get on a wedding kick, or a perfect birthday party for a one-year-old kick, etc etc. I am going to UNFOLLOW those now!!

    I am kllyprry on Pinterest, but I don’t pin much anymore, mostly travel, food and photography that I like.

    P.S. #transforMAYtion is perfect!

  5. I had to stop following people and start following boards a while back because I couldn’t stand some of the political stuff that was showing up on my dashboard. Yikes. Plus I’m like you and feel too inadequate with all that over the top party and decorating stuff.

    I am Monica Black and my picture is my two cats cozied up together. I have some boards you won’t want to follow and a few you might like: owls, tolerance, books, YA books, etc. I haven’t pinned much in a while. My editing job only lasts until June so I have to work while I can. Then it will be back to pinning!

  6. I am MaryKC on Pinterest. I regularly unfollow individual boards that don’t pertain to my life as well. For example, a lot of my friends are teachers and post teaching ideas. I don’t need that information, so I unfollow just those boards. I also don’t need nail inspiration, so I unfollow those boards. And I also unfollow stuff that has to do with specific astrological signs or Myers-Briggs personality types, unless they are also my own. I also unfollow some of the dieting “woo” that is out there because that can be triggering for me.

  7. Shannon – A biologist working hard at being a mom to a handful of a toddler and trying to finally organize our chaotic life.
    Shannon says:

    I’m shannonlmp on Pinterest. A lot of my pins are Disney or Doctor Who or funny stuff. If I pin kids party stuff, it’s because I’m looking for inspiration, not because I can afford any of what I pin 🙂

  8. I read here all the time but have never commented. I signed up for, and Loved!, the subtraction project after reading about it here. I’m Amy Senseny on pinterest, I follow you

  9. Great suggestions! Looks like we already follow each other (I’m Jennifer Stamper). You’ll have to check out my Owl board 🙂

  10. I’m mmdmiller on Pinterest. Don’t use it a whole lot except as another place to search for recipes or how to cut my own hair.

  11. My username is cleanupartist and I have a lot of delicious food on there (that’s turned out to be pretty easy to make), so I know you’ll enjoy that at least. If I create a new board call Pen Porn, will you follow me then? 😉

  12. Hi Kim! I’m SMMollohan on pinterest (and on twitter, I think we’ve exchanged tweets a few times about random things). I do have a wedding board you’ll need to avoid, but I think you might like some of mine, because I love Doctor Who and lots of other geeky stuff. Oh, and cats. Got to have the cute kitties, that’s what the internet is for, right?

  13. themamabeth – Arizona – Mom to four amazing girls, wife to the best husband in the world. Wrangler of a cat, four dogs, and two ferrets. Maker of things as the mood strikes.
    Beth says:

    I *love* the unfollow board option. I just simply don’t need to see little boy haircut options, or fashion (although I should…considering the shirt I’m planning on wearing to day is a maternity shirt I bought when I was pregnant…six years ago).

    I’m themamabeth, but my Pinterest is very sewing and homeschool heavy so…But I do have a recipe board and a fitness one, so you might find something you like!

  14. I’m noteverstill on Pinterest, too, and I love this idea because I’ve also fallen out of love with it and need a reset, too!

  15. I follow you already bc I joined waaaay back. I am Kate Luthner on Pinterest and all my owl pins are in my Zoe board ( she loves them)

  16. My profile is my website link here.
    I’m NOW going to clean up my own boards since I’m lame and in on Friday night!!

  17. Ha! I went to go look up my username (limnatide) and then realized you’re already following me (aw thanks!) – possibly since you were the first person I followed? You’re a good source of geek humor, you know!

  18. Goodness! You just put words to my relationship with Pinterest. It is definitely one of my favorite places on the internet, but my love has decreased and I find myself doing exactly what you said in your post.
    So… I am a total party planner- not because I am amazing at decorating, but because I found out that I just love it. And I am in the middle of planning my daughter’s first birthday party on Saturday. So. You might not want to follow my boards :), but I look forward to following your running boards. And your owls. My oldest has decided that she wants an owl bedroom. We are all about owls right now.
    I am ohappydaye on Pinterest. Thanks for a great post!

  19. Hannie – Hey, i'm Hannah, Born and bred in Bedford, UK. I'm foster Mum to a teenage boy and mum to a small boy. I'm married to Chris and blog about our life as a crazy slightly random family.
    Hannah says:

    I think I’m hannahsays on there but given this point;: “Beautiful knitting/quilting/crocheting patterns that I’ll never do because I don’t know how to do any of those things.” You might want to avoid the board titled “Knitting, Crochet and Yarn oh my!”

    Having said that although I can crochet I can’t run for peanuts. (I’m one of those people that when it comes to running for my life I’m going to be the first to go as I can’t run that fast or even for that long lol). Whereas you can kick butt and could keep going!

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