Stop Pinning. Start Doing.

Pinterest is freaking awesome.

It’s great for inspiration, it’s great for busting creative block, it’s so freaking great.

Anything you can possibly imagine is probably on Pinterest in some form. I mean that. You can find literally anything which means you can spend hours pinning all these fantastic ideas.

But that’s problem. You can spend hours pinning stuff and not actually doing stuff.

Pinterest is an amazing resource to find inspiration for all kinds of DIY projects, delicious recipes, and so much more. But there comes a time where you need to stop pinning, and start doing. | Ilona Toth Creative

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock the past six years, let me explain what Pinterest is.

Pinterest is basically a virtual scrapbook where you create boards to save different “pins.” These pins can vary from recipes to artwork, home decor, DIY, and blogging.

It is awesome.

Pinterest is so awesome that it’s incredibly easy to scroll, click, save, and repeat. You get stuck in a pinning cycle and then the next thing you know, your entire day is wasted.

I say this because I’ve done it. When Pinterest first became popular I tried to resist joining because my friends talked about how much time they spent pinning and I didn’t want to waste my day. Of course, I ended up caving, (I’m a notorious bandwagon-jumper,) and the first day I joined I spent about three straight hours scrolling, clicking, saving, and repeating.

It is so easy to just scroll through all the pretty pictures and pin and pin and pin and fill up your boards with hundreds of recipes for delicious looking food, gorgeous home decor inspiration, and DIY project ideas.

Within a couple of weeks of joining Pinterest, I had so many boards and pins saved I could have had something to do every day for years to come.

But I hadn’t tried a single project idea.

So I looked at my life, I looked at my choices, and I quit Pinterest. I didn’t like what it did to me. I didn’t like living vicariously through my pins.

Now, that was several years ago, and I am back on Pinterest but I have a system. I don’t get on Pinterest every day and when I do, it’s for less than 20 minutes at a time. I’m dedicating more of my time to actually doing things and less of my time pinning things.

Part of the reason why it’s so easy to pin non-stop instead of actually doing the projects you pin is what I like to call The Pinterest Phenomenon (which is totally a scientific term that I did not just make up).

The Pinterest Phenomenon is where a person is stuck in a perpetual loop of pinning and not doing for fear of being unable to live up to the perfect standard of Pinterest and becoming a Pinterest Fail. (Like I said, totally scientific and not at all made up. 😜)

If you haven’t noticed, most of the photos used for pins are picture perfect. Almost like they came straight out of a magazine.

While it sure is nice to look at, it places this unnecessary pressure to be perfect when you’re attempting a Pinterest project.

Just take a look at some my Baking and Dessert Inspiration board.

Pinterest is full of perfect images that are almost impossible to live up to. So just stop pinning and start doing! Who cares if your cupcakes aren't perfect? | Ilona Toth Creative

The photos used for pins look like they are straight out of a magazine. They are perfect so why would I attempt to make something that will just end up a Pinterest Fail?

(If you’re not familiar with Pinterest Fails please click here and experience the hilarity.)

But what’s so bad about becoming a Pinterest Fail?

What does it matter if your project doesn't come out perfectly the first time you attempt it? Who cares if you attempt some super fancy, probably super-complicated-even-though-it-claims-to-be-super-easy cupcake recipe? What does it matter if your cookie bowls baked weirdly and turned into one giant misshapen cookie mess?

You know what your Pinterest Fail tells me?

It tells me you tried. You stopped pinning and you started doing. You can always try again, and each time you’ll get a little bit better. Do you think that all those perfect photos you see on Pinterest are the result of a first attempt? Heck naw. Everyone starts out a beginner. Becoming Pinterest Perfect takes practice just like any other skill.

So stop pinning, start doing, and sooner or later you’ll be able to take your very own Pinterest Perfect images that everyone envies.

Do you have any Pinterest Fails of your own? I’d love to see them! Email me a photo and I might feature you on my blog or social media!


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