Monthly Archives: October 2013

Top 3 Things Bothering Me about Pinterest

I am, admittedly, a social media/social platform nut!  Twitter, Facebook, Blogs, and the oh-so-going-downhill Pinterest.  When I started looking at Pinterest, it was for ideas on what to feed my then 2-year old.  All of the ideas for homemade baby food was overwhelming and exciting.  As time has continued on though, I find myself opening up Pinterest, browsing for about a minute, and then getting annoyed.  These are my top 3 reasons why:

1.  I am TIRED of seeing your rock hard abs with phrases about how if I just wasn’t so (busy, lazy, unmotivated…), I could look just like you.  There are a couple of reason this bothers me.  The first is that I am in no way lazy or unmotivated.  I work a 10 hour a day job and go home to take care of my 2 children under the age of 4 since my husband works nights.  I’m sorry I don’t have 2 hours to spend at the gym everyday.  Secondly, yes I am busy, and yes these may be “excuses” but to me, it is my life and i don’t think that the extra 5-10 pounds that I am carrying makes me any less of a person than you.

 

2.  Holy Crafts Batman.  See above re: job and children as to why I can’t ever seem to find the time to make every craft known to man.  Again….this does not make me a bad or unsuccessful mother.  It just makes me human.  

 

3. Elf on the Shelf.  Enough said.

 

I know many of you love the Pinterest.  People will tell me to stop looking at it if I don’t like it.  And maybe I will.  But sometimes it fills just the space I need it to for feeding my social addiction.

Real world anxieties translated online

I have never been an exceptionally social person.  Not that I don’t like people or socializing, but I am TERRIBLE at being the one to reach out, try to make friends, make the first move.  I have been this way for as long as I can remember.  Waiting for the phone to ring instead of calling someone myself.  Waiting for a friend to ring the doorbell instead of them seeking me out.

Now…many years later….I am finding I have the same anxieties about online interactions (Twitter, FB, Blog Comments, etc.).  I have developed a solid group of other moms and people that I follow on social media.  I have just recently begun interacting with them instead of simply ready through feeds.  I feel like this is putting myself out there and I feel the same twinge of possible rejection.  Is this crazy?