Pinterest: Pronounced pin-trist (like a cross between "pin" and "interest"): a social networking site that allows you to figuratively "pin" pictures of your likes/interests in a simple, organized fashion.
Worst Thing About Pinterest: It’s ruining my creative mojo. Ever since I started pinning I have cut way back on my notebook entries. You can see some of them in the picture above. I used to sketch and store ideas in these floppy, dog-eared journals and notebooks all the time—carried them with me everywhere. But most of it stopped last year when I joined Pinterest. I still sketch for work and specific assignments, but it’s not what it used to be. Now I just pin what other people have already done. Yes, these are good ideas on their part, but not exactly creative thinking on my part. In short: Pinterest is making me lazy. I used to see an article or a product and think “How could this be better?” “What is another context?” and illustrate it all out in my books like Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings; now my first instinct is not to sketch, but to pin it for a rainy day.
Still, there's no way I’m giving up my Pinterest account any time soon.
I just need to make more of an effort. Maybe force myself to swallow some “unplugged” time to get back on track. Anyone else out there feel this way? What do you do to get your creative mojo going again? Ideas welcome!
PS: Now that I have convinced you that Pinterest is like crack for creative types, you might want to check it out yourself. If anyone out there needs and invite, send me an email (emailauntpeaches AT gmail.com) I'll be happy to send one your way :) Here is a quick demo video for anyone who is curious what it looks like.