Pinterest is My Creative ‘Batting Practice’
Being a baseball player, I have a certain fondness for repetition.
I’ve seen how committing to doing the same specific action over and over, sharpens you.
I’ve taken this spirit of repetition into my creative life. One of my newer creative rituals is to use Pinterest for ten minutes every morning. I think of it as a kind of creative batting practice. I’ll scroll through a bunch of blogs and Tumblrs, very quickly. Then when something catches my eye, I take a swing and pin it. I don’t think about it, I just react, pin and then keep on scrolling.
When I go back and look at my boards later, sometimes I see trends or themes in my taste that surprise me. But I save the analysis for later. Like how a baseball hitter will review film of their swing after a game or practice. You don’t analyze during the swinging itself. You let go and react.
I find this a useful exercise to stretch my creative muscles each morning. I flood myself with different perspectives and visuals and see what sticks. I also pin images throughout the day from websites and articles I come across. But nothing replaces my early morning Pinterest batting practice. It keeps me sharp and inspires me throughout the day.
I lot of people ask me how to get started on Pinterest. They say ‘oh, I don’t know what I would pin.’ I suggest committing to some simple morning routine. Go through your favorite blogs and just pin. Just swing and let go. If you do this on a daily basis, you will start to build an archive of your own personal taste. Then you can go back in and analyze what you’ve found later.
The first step is just starting. Don’t over think things and worry about what people will think of your boards. Just pin what moves you. And then move on.
Just like batting practice in baseball. Not every swing will be a home run, but each repetition will help make your overall game sharper. I’ve found the same dynamic works in the creative world. Taste is a muscle that needs to be worked out in order to get stronger and more nimble. Flood yourself with inspiration and references. The results will come.