Morning Meanderings…”Pinterest, It’s A Mid-Western Thing”


Good morning and happy FOGGY Tuesday.  Yeah – it is CRAZY foggy here this morning.  I tried taking a couple of pictures off the back deck this morning and they turned out well… interesting. 

(Wow…. if I said “morning” one more time in that opening paragraph we would have had to turned it into a drinking game….)


Here is one of them:

You can see my deck railing along the bottom….


Creepy pic right?

Ok so what I wanted to share this morning is that while at the Rural Libraries and Literacy Leadership Institute this past weekend (wow… that is a mouthful!)  we were having lunch on Saturday and our speaker was Jon Gordon on Social Media and the role it plays.  One woman in the group who had been to MLA spoke up and said that she had heard that Pinterest was really a “Midwestern Thing”. 


So of course we were all Googling and sure enough, the Pinterest phenomenon seems to be more successful with us who live in the midwest.  You can see an article here that the Los Angeles Times wrote in April.  It says that Pinterest is the third most popular social network site falling behind Facebook and Twitter, but most interesting is that most of the traffic into Pinterest is coming from the Midwestern states. 

Apparently these states are more crafty?  😛

For me, I have an on again off again relationship with Pinterest.  I go on and I am fascinated.  I am pinning recipes and craft projects and home improvement tips.  I will do this for about three days and then I will forget about it for weeks and then… maybe pop on, get excited all over again and pin some more.

Does this happen to anyone else?

I think I may have made a couple of recipes from the Pinterest files, but nothing more.  I hope when I have a craft weekend next week that I will take a couple of these ideas with me.


So that’s my morning meandering.  Any thoughts on Pinterest?  Are you a pinner and a doer?  Just a pinner?  Or really can’t take on one more time suck (which…. it really can be!  Bright shiny pictures – oh my!  😀 )



20 Comments on “Morning Meanderings…”Pinterest, It’s A Mid-Western Thing”

  1. I am a pinner on Pinterest…and I go for the great pix…or the books I hadn’t heard about.

    Your fog reminds me of these parts during the winter. Very soupy…..

  2. I love pinterest. I have found alot of bookish stuff there. The BEA is there and others. I love to pin different things like DIY, food recipes, fashion stuff, Book stuff, crafty things that I want to make. LOL!

  3. I’m the same as you – on again, off again. But that’s the relationship I have with social media – I don’t think there is any one that thing that I’m fully committed to other than blogging and commenting on blogs. If I had a smartphone, I think I might get into instagram … or maybe not.

  4. I’m the exact same way with Pinterest. I just can’t keep up with all the social media sites. I didn’t realize it’s a midwestern thing but I always thought it was a female thing.

  5. I can’t seem to get excited about Pinterest. I have an account and occasionally I stick a few things there, but usually I forget. It’s not as interactive as a blog or twitter so it goes to the back of the brain.

  6. I browse Pinterest when I have some time to kill and my iPad is nearby. Otherwise I forget about it. Not sure I’d agree about the midwest thing – although I’m from there. Friends and relatives aside, the majority of people I follow are from the south and the east coast. Interesting.
    Cool fog pic!

  7. Wow, that fog pic is amazing. It almost looks like a colored pencil drawing.

    As for Pinterest, I use it to catalog photos and ideas (almost like a file cabinet online), but I don’t use it as a social media thing.

  8. I’m from Utah which is considered more west (po-dunk) than mid-western, but pinterest is huge here. Most people I know are on it. For me, I use it for cute/funny picks, but recently I’ve been using it as an author platform as well, so I get a lot of use out of it. I’m not way addicted to it, but I probably get on it 2-3 times a week for 10-15 minutes at a time. Wait, is that addict behavior? 😀 Interesting post.

  9. I had no idea Pinterest was largely midwestern, but it kind of makes sense to me. I use it as an inspirational pin board for myself, but I don’t really use it as a social media much.

  10. It was crazy foggy there this morning too..wish I had snapped a pic.

    That’s so interesting about Pinterest being more of a Midwestern thing. Hmm..I wonder why? I do know that I loooove that site. (and yep, I’m a Midwestern girl!)

  11. Goodness very foggy! As for Pinterest I have no intention of becoming involved in what seems to me to be yet another social media site that would steal more of my time. I know many people think I am not networking properly by ignoring it, but I am happy enough with the followers I have. 🙂

  12. I love Pinterest and I’m from the Northeast! I go on it pretty regularly and just today I finally created a board called “I pinned it and I did it!!!” I repinned all those pins that I have done to this board. Just for Thanksgiving alone, I’ve done 3 pins for decor and I will be making 2 recipes I found on Pinterest for Thanksgiving dessert.

    There are plenty of pins I’ve pinned that I will probably never actually do, but they do get my creative juices flowing!

  13. I find recipes to make on it all the time. Most women I know here (Ohio) are on it so maybe it is a Midwestern thing.

  14. I resisted Pinterest for a long time but finally caved. Now it is sucking up more and more of my time. I have actually done some of the things I pinned. So it is not a complete waste of time.

  15. I go in streaks too. For the first month I kept pressing the See More Pins button until my eyes would glaze over at night but now I spend about a half hour or so a week. I am a Pinterest doer though. I have made several of the crafts as Christmas presents and I’ve tried about 15-20 of the recipes I’ve pinned. Some hits and some big fails but it’s been fun trying different things!

  16. I’m exactly the same with Pinterest. When I first got on there, I was like a kid in a candy store. Now, every once in awhile, I go on and get excited again, but then…well, you know….same as you. 🙂

  17. I didn’t realize that CA was midwest…. I mostly use it for fitness stuff and to list all the free books I pick up at amazon

    Love the foggy photo!

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