I have been collecting magazines since I was a teenager. My love affair began with an issue of Harper’s Bazaar with Nicole Kidman on the cover, her amazing gown motivating the purchase.
I didn’t read the articles because I’d spent my lifesavings there in 7-11 and learning about brands that were so far out of my reach seemed futile. What I did do, endlessly after this day, was muse at the gorgeous pictures inside.
Month-by-month I would hack at these perfectly constructed masterpieces with scissors, and I started to create a shrine to fashion on my walls. When I ran out of space on the wall I moved to scrap books, folders and eventually, with nowhere left to put them, the scraps took over my life.
I still buy magazines every month, so many more than I can afford, but now I hold back on the scissors because I embrace all of the content inside. My latest conundrum is finding space to store all of these Harper’s Bazaars, Vogues (Australia, British, Paris), Cosmo’s, Cleos, Rushes, Frankies and even the occasional issue of Women’s Health, because I find it so hard to part with them.
Call me a traditionalist, or even a hypocrite considering my line of work, but I’ve found it extremely difficult to make the transition to online media. This is largely in part to my strong desire to save the pictures and articles I love. Until very recently my experience with online content seemed too fleeting.
Enter Pinterest – a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. Just like they do offline, people use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.
Pinterest has single-handedly changed my life, and it’s safe to say that I’m addicted. Now, with the click of the ‘Pin-It’ button which sits at the top of my browser, I can save any article, picture or quote that my heart desires. And, I’m introduced to new content through people’s pins every day because each pin links back to its original source.
No doubt people will learn to monetize Pinterest and soon, just like most social media sites, it will become a marketer’s playground. But for me Pinterest is an important tool in holding on to all of the beautiful things that the internet has to offer, without the mess of clippings or the stress of finding adequate storage. I highly recommend you get on board – pun intended.