I Have Succumbed to Pinterest!

Visual Storytelling and Art Journaling image curations

As you probably know, Pinterest is the hottest social-media platform going, having grown phenomenally in the last few months. Users describe it as addictive. “Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web,” the site states. “People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.”

Though I usually like to try out new social-media platforms, I wasn’t sure about Pinterest because it focuses on images. I wasn’t sure how images would relate to applied storytelling or whether I wanted to use Pinterest for interests outside storytelling.

But as more and more people I knew started using it, I got sucked into the lure of hopping on the Pinterest bandwagon. I requested an invitation and waited for it impatiently.

I concluded that two topics I could “pin” that relate to storytelling are Visual Storytelling and Art Journaling. Sometime in the future I may create pinboards related to my crafts interests.

I have periodically presented roundups of visual storytelling on this blog. In my Pinterest curation, I am including almost anything that claims to be visual storytelling even I don’t personally agree with the storytelling value of the image. (And, of course, I know some story purists who do not believe any image can convey storytelling since storytelling requires actual telling and an audience.)

Visual storytelling is truly in the eye of the beholder. The story an image tells is formed in the mind of the person who views it, no matter what the artist intended. Thus the greatest value that visual images possess may be their ability to prompt our minds to create stories.

Early in my personal storytelling curation on Scoop.it, I included some pieces on art journaling (something I’d like to do someday). I found, however, that they did not lend themselves well to the Scoop.it format since they were so image-driven. They are a much better fit for Pinterest.

Whether or not you follow any of my other curations, I invite you to follow these two new image-rich topics:

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