I know I can’t be the only one out there that still just has no interest in Pinterest as a social networking tool.
Along with all of the other social tamagotchi that one must feed in order to maintain a professional web presence, do we really need one more? I just want to do my work.
My wife absolutely loves her Pinterest boards almost to the point of obsession. She hounds me almost daily about signing up and getting with the program. Dixie, whom I adore and expresses her immense talent in other areas, creates absolutely no content of her own and has well over 100 followers simply by reposting pictures that someone had posted before somewhere else. And me? I spend countless hours pushing the boundaries of both my creative and technical abilities but struggle to maintain 30 twitter followers. Most of whom are only there because of my shameless whoring.
I am already at a tipping point as it is between giving up on all of these distractions or hiring a full-time assistant to keep all of my pages and whooey up to date. They would be tasked with tweets, updates, uploads, likes, follows, descriptions, subscriptions, SEO, and assuring that all of my social pages are looking their best. But for now, it is just me. Struggling to be a better designer and get noticed. Is Pinterest going to be the thing that takes me to the next level? Will Pinterest play that character in the movies that takes off the “ugly” girl’s glasses and reveals to the world just how beautiful she is? I am not convinced. The only thing it tells me is that I am still not good enough and need to work harder at creating a better looking product.
I have a hard enough time just picking a color palette for my projects and can spend half a day worrying about the tiniest of seemingly insignificant details. These are the choices that my clients trust me to work out in order to deliver a quality finished product. I sweat the details so they don’t have to. There just isn’t enough hours in the day for me to worry about how many twitter followers I can harvest in a week. Nor am I interested. But I have accepted this as part of the cost of doing business. Unfortunately, my social overhead is beginning to swallow up inventory.
I figured if Mark Kostabi can do it, why can’t I?
Since she enjoys it so much and seems to be quite good at it, I have asked Dixie to start and maintain a Pinterest account in my name. She agreed, but has yet to get started. So if any of you guys in the near future are following me on Pinterest, I regret to inform you that it is not actually me you are following, but my wife. Honestly, you should not feel that you are being duped or cheated. For you initially started following for a reason and are getting what you want. The fact that it is not actually coming from me shouldn’t make much of a difference.
I would love to hear your thoughts.
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