The Pinterest Conundrum, Vol. 2: Not All Pins are Created Equal

Pinterest question

Welcome to the second installment of “The Pinterest Conundrum,” where we wax philosophical regarding everyone’s favorite crafting-haven. In our previous discussion, we briefly touched upon the matters of when options become overwhelming, and using apathy as a positive tool for project selection.

Today, we want to take a look at what constitutes a successful project, and what happens when your project doesn’t live up to expectations.

Image via Pinterest
Image via Pinterest

Not that we want to pick on anyone, but look at the above example for “DIY painted rocks.” This is part of a page detailing potential crafts for kids. Now, there are certainly children who may be able to paint beautiful, intricate owls like the ones in the picture; HOWEVER, the more likely option is that the rocks will be painted a solid color with a rudimentary picture such as a smiley face or swirl painted in a second color. Truthfully, most adults won’t be left with examples similar to the photo.

Surprisingly, we are not the first people to make the observation that the fantasy of Pinterest and the reality are often two different things; in fact, doing so have become a lucrative business in itself. Articles have been printed in magazines such as “Good Housekeeping,” and the website Pinterest Fail exists under the subheader “Where Good Intentions Come to Die,” solely for showing us the excruciating variances between the plan and the execution. So, as much fun as it may be to look at Pinterest fails, we’re going in a slightly different direction.

What we want to discuss is: How do you embrace the failures when they occur? Is it something that simply happens before moving on to the next pin, or does the feeling linger? Do you try the failed pin for a second time? Do you submit your failed attempt to the internet at large as discussed above and cope with the attempt with laughter?

Personally, we laugh it off and move on to the next thing, for a number of reasons. First, even when we make something we’re happy about we look at the errors, the blemishes, etc. So, it’s now not that big of a deal, it’s just a bigger blemish than usual. Also, we understand that no one is going to have a perfect record: Some projects work, some don’t, and the best you can hope for is the fact that it still works/tastes good/isn’t causing damage to anything valuable. If you can cross those off your list, the project is still a relative success. Finally, a major disaster breeds humility, and makes the next success feel that much better.

(This is where you’d normally see a photo referencing one of our projects. One thing we don’t do in the Scratch Living workshop, however, is generally photograph our mistakes. No real reason, we’re simply too busy around here to take the time for snapping pictures of failure. So, enjoy the text-heavy post and rest assured we’ll bombard your eyeballs with visuals next time!)

So, intelligent and attractive readers… Take to the comments and let us know how you deal with your failures!

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