Sometimes I Have to Wonder

Raise your hand if you are addicted to Pinterest. I am guilty.

I have boards on Pinterest about various aspects of writing, cooking, blogging, local history, the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina (which just happens to also be the title of my vintage postcard book published by Arcadia Publishing), the North Carolina coast, quilting, Southernisms, hearing loss, and many of my other hobbies and interests.

If you follow my blog, you know that I generally write about books I’ve read, samples of my writing, or things I’ve learned about the art and craft of writing. I have a board on Pinterest called “Janet’s Writing Blog” where I pin each of my blog posts.

If you participate in Pinterest and have interest boards on the site, you probably get e-mails from Pinterest with suggested pins that might be of interest to you based on your boards. Those e-mails usually make sense; however, one I received a couple of weeks ago fell into the category of “sometimes I have to wonder.”

Considering the content I pin to my “Janet’s Writing Blog” interest board, why did Pinterest send me an e-mail titled, “A few new ideas for your board Janet’s Writing Blog” which included the following pins for me to visit?

“How much space do goats really need?”

“How to make homemade chicken feed – a simple formula.”

“Halloween Pumpkin Wall Clock A9 Nice for gift or home.”

“DIY Garden Fence.”

“Pinned for what they used to hinge the gate.”

“What to wear – frivolous Friday.”

Another one with a photo of a fence was titled, “So simple – inexpensive – would work    for the dogs.”

And last but not least:  “Small chicken coop and fenced area for egg laying.”


(Photo by Jairo Alzate on Unsplash)

It served a purpose

The Pinterest e-mail served a purpose, although not its intended one. It made me laugh. It loses some of its punch here since I can’t include the photos that accompanied each suggestion.  As I scrolled down through the recommended pins for my Janet’s Writing Blog interest board, I laughed again and again.

I try to find something to laugh about every day. A good laugh, when not at the expense of another person, is good for the soul. Thanks, Pinterest!

Until my next blog post

I hope you have something to laugh about.

If you’d like to visit my Pinterest page and see my various interest boards, go to

I hope you have a good book to read. I’m reading The Quantum Spy, by David Ignatius; Last Christmas in Paris, by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb; A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles; and The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham. And, yes, sometimes I get the story lines and characters confused.

If you’re a writer, I hope you have productive writing time this week.


11 thoughts on “Sometimes I Have to Wonder

  1. hahaha!… yes but if you’d wanted to find out about…. how much space do goats really need? I find Pinterest doesn’t give information just images – I often want to know more, does it give links, often it’s just a pic… I may be missing something fundamental here though!

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  2. You are correct in saying that often Pinterest just gives an image or a few words. It might not be the best source of info if one truly wanted to know how much space goats need. It wouldn’t be my first choice for such details, but I have found some interesting articles about writing, blogging, and some of my other interests. The pins vary, but usually you can click on a “Visit” button in order to go to the actual article. I enjoy Pinterest and find that when I go there looking for a certain thing, I almost always end up going in unexpected directions.

    Thank you for following my blog and for taking the time to comment!


  3. Obviously the real question here is: did you ever find out how much space goats need, and has it helped with your writing? 🙂
    (Also (a belated) thank you for following!)


  4. I never did find out how much space goats need. Only time will tell if this experience with Pinterest will help my writing. LOL! You’re welcome. Thanks for the follow and your witty comment!

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  5. You’re welcome, David. I hope your gloomy mood has lifted. Some days it’s hard to find anything to laugh about. I’m still looking today. Maybe I need to receive an e-mail from Pinterest! Thanks for your comment.


  6. I’m glad you enjoyed my post, Laleh. I enjoy all your posts, and admire your gift for writing and storytelling. Also, your photographs from the coast of Iran have given me a new appreciation for the geography of your country. Before, when I thought of Iran, I thought of desert and bland colors. Now I picture the lovely photographs you shared of the coast. I had to laugh at myself. God made the world, and he made it all beautiful and spectacular! You have opened my eyes a little wider through your stories and pictures. Thank you.

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  7. Appreciate your beautiful thoughts toward Iran dear Janet. Iran is a beautiful country in the hand of a wrong government who are just taking advantage of it’s wealth. 40 years of sadness and grief. Thanks lovely ❤️


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