The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a new “button” which has appeared on the side bar to the left of this page: The Pinterest Button.
I confess…I have finally caught the Pinterest bug. For those of you who are unaware of this phenomenon ( and do beware, it is a procrastination tool par excellence) you may not be aware of its purpose, which is to allow you to create a series of virtual pin-boards, in order to showcase images of things that interest you. This is a screen cap of my boards as they currently stand: mostly 18th century and Jane Austen-related, but others are bound to appear…I know I just won’t be able to help myself…almost of its own volition a “Country House Christmas” board has appeared this week….
I have been delighted to find some like-minded souls on there already; notably Vic of Jane Austen’s Regency World also Two Nerdy History Girls, who have already pinned thousands of images. Emile de Bruijn of the fabulous National Trust Treasure Hunt blog has appeared and is indulging himself in a riot of Chinoiserie pinboards, which I am delighted to follow.
You can learn so much every day, simply by checking in and seeing a riot of images presented to you: it is totally fascinating to see what others have “pinned” to their boards, and, even if your interests tally somewhat, something new invariably offers itself. Many museums and arts organisations are joining, and it is marvellous to be able to discover items from their collections which would normally remain unknown and unseen. Just this week I have discovered some marvellous historic fashion blogs and Tumblrs as a result of following the origin of the pins. As someone who responds rather better to images than to the written word, this “place” is simply heaven.
But I’m rather hopeless at finding others (as usual!) so if you are already on Pinterest and I’m not already following you, please let me know and I will gladly join you. And I do hope you will join me, and my other followers, on this free and rather intriguing website :)