My Pinterest wall showed up a feed with several gorgeous examples of Fractal Art. The way Pinterest works, you share your Wall with your followers and people you follow (similar to Facebook), and your Pins and their Pins appear on the Wall. So, if someone is researching something by using Pinterest’s search facility, and then busy repinning their finds onto their own Boards, those pins will appear on the Wall and anyone can see them.
I’m guilty of doing this quite often myself on Pinterest :-). There’s nothing wrong with doing it, it’s actually how Pinterest has been set up to work. What happens when there’s a “surge” of one particular topic or subject on the Pinterest Wall (I like to call it the Cascading Wall myself, as scrolling down it reminds me of a waterfall, or cascade), Pinners either ignore those Pins if they’re not interested, and scroll down until they reach a more “normal” homogenised patch of Pins, or leave it until other more usual Pins have superceded the patch of Pins and check in later. Or, sometimes out of curiosity, Pinners might go look at one or two of these “surge” Pins…and get hooked themselves. That’s how new Boards get created, when Pinners realise they’ve started pinning so many of those new images that they really should start a new Board.
A “surge” is like a tsunami, it can literally take over the Wall if Pinners are spending hours pinning and repinning images. I’ve sometimes logged into Pinterest and found the Cascading Wall full of nothing but fashion shots of clothes, shoes or handbags. Or of images of jewellery. Or of holiday destinations. Luckily, I’m an eclectic magpie and will often repin even fashion Pins, if the mood strikes me. We all share the Wall, just like we all share this Earth, so instead of beating ourselves up because right now the feed is full of nothing but Media News and Cute Puppies, just either go with the flow, or switch off for a while. No biggie, either way.
I’m an avid Pinner. As a visual person, I find Pinterest is akin to Google Search, but on a visual level. Google Images just doesn’t cut the mustard sometimes, as its search engine algorithm casts the net further and can throw out some pretty strange results. Pinterest’s search is more precise, I find, and depending on whether it’s a popular topic that’s been well researched and Pinned and RePinned or not, you’ll find loads of hits or conversely, hardly any. And if you can’t find it on Pinterest, but it’s on the internet, why then just start up a new “Virgin Board” and link your internet finds to Pinterest that way. Be a pioneer! Other Pinners will appreciate you for it. “Virgin Boards” are very rare, because you and I might categorise the same thing differently, with a gazillion variations, so while you might think there’s no Board for say, the “Abominable Snowman”, you might find examples under “Yeti” or “Sasquatch”, that sort of thing.
(By the way, the terms “surge”, “Cascading Wall” and “Virgin Board” are my own inventions, not terms used by the creators of Pinterest. It’s just how I visualise Pinterest working in my mind’s eye).
Here are some topics that I’ve been guilty of “surging” on Pinterest. My favourite topics, you might say:
1) Monster High custom
3) Pit bulls
4) Fractal Art
5) Assemblage, Altered Art, Steampunk
6) Art Journaling
7) Gelli Plate Monoprinting
8) Warrior Women
I’d started writing today with the intention of sharing images of Fractal Art that I just saw on a Pinterest “surge”…but I think I’d better make that tomorrow’s post instead, as this post is already way long. See you tomorrow! :-)
Oh well, here’s one anyway LOL.