- Unfollow that shiznit, pronto, before you burst into an epic feminist-esque rage.
- Excessive pinning to a non-secret board can be annoying.
Enlightenment #2 made a light bulb go off in my head. Secret boards are great for this situation, but limiting as Pinterest only allows you to have three of them. I'm anal and like to organize things by subject, so when planning a real-life wedding, three boards just ain't going to cut it. [Updated February 2014: You can now have SIX private boards! -Eds.]
I created a whole separate account, solely dedicated to wedding planning. None of our friends know about it. Well, that's a lie… two of them do, but they are the ones who have been helping us with planning. But the point is that no one who clicked "Follow All" on my main account will be bombarded by a million pins of table decor. Also, I can dedicate my secret boards to organize the sites of reception halls, photographers, DJs, etc. that I want to research.
A second benefit: I promised myself to only follow wedding-related boards on the account I'm pinning wedding-related stuff to. That way, I can easily switch from "Everyday Me" to "Wedding Me." There's going to be a day when I'm going to need to keep myself away from all things wedding — be it prevent "bridal-blog-overload," or because I'm starting to compare our decisions to what others are doing. In short, it's my sanity safe lock.
I guess one more positive is that the details of our wedding will not be spoiled before the event — or for that matter, judged before final decisions are even made. Already, I've avoided talking about our wedding on Facebook, and never-ever tweet about it. All my urges to share details and vent are channeled through here, where the content is relative and appropriate — and my identity is sort of anonymous.
Can people find "Wedding Me" on Pinterest? Yeah, but only if they actively seek me out or stumble upon my stuff — and I'm cool with that. Just as long as I'm not throwing out all these details into a space where it can be considered overshare, I can feel at peace.