There is an exception to every rule, and Pinterest is mine in terms of regularity and frequency: I spend way too much of my time looking at images (art, reference, inspiration, really anything…) and systematically cataloging them for my future reference (and my o.c.d) so Pinterest has come quite naturally to me. And spared my poor hard drive from further overabundance of saved galleries. I’ve been trying to limit saving to the images I really love (it’ll still be in the thousands) and using Pins and boards instead to store and sort my compulsive image rifling.
I’ve managed to attract over 1,000 followers on Pinterest (awww yeaa) just by doing my image thing (in other words, not trying to gain followers or any such, just using the site almost purely for my own personal image obsessions). So if you want to get an idea of even a partial scope of my ranging interests and fancies, that’s a good place to start. I’ve got almost 40 thousand pins over 135 boards, organized based on genre (horror, dark, weird art, fantasy, illustration, design, etc), reference (photos, techniques, clothing, weapons, digital assets, etc), interest (stuffed animals, books, toys, creatures), life-use (lifehacks, exercise and health etc), and boards for my own art and those of my favorite artists. There’s also one called “My Brand of Odd” which has pins that I feel best resonate with who and how I am, things I like or am likely to appreciate or create myself, and general inclinations.
Over time, I intend to maybe sort through and caption things myself (I often just…rapidly process and sort and repin without adding or changing the text) and make sure things are referenced and credited correctly, working links, not duplicates, fix mis-pins, etc and generally make things neater. I also have a folder of things to pin (which I can then delete from my hard-drive) and I’d like to make sure my personal image collection is fully represented on there as well….it’ll be a constant working battle with the sheer number of images but if it’s going to be my escapey world habit and mind calming vice, I might as well let others benefit from the collection as well!