It took my wife a while but she finally convinced me. I needed a Pinterest page. You know, that thing your wives, daughters and girlfriends have. Where they share recipes, fashion design and decorating tips. But it wasn’t until she kept showing me these great ideas for our home and the pool we were getting ready to build that she really got my attention.
So I signed up and began exploring, without letting my friends know, of course. For an hour, I searched for everything. Home ideas, recipes, pools, man caves, you name it, they had it and with unbelievable creativity! I began compiling “Boards”. Boards are basically pages you create to save ideas for a particular subject. I started one for my recipes (predominately Paleo, obviously!), one for outdoors, one for the pool, one for home and one for the barn (we have an old pole barn we turned into an outdoor living space). And within a week or so, I had people sharing some of my Pins!
And then it happened. My daughter came downstairs with a quizzical look on her face. “Are you on Pinterest?”, she asked with a scrunched up nose. I felt like I had been caught trying on my wife’s dresses while she was away. “Who told you that?”, I asked, not making eye contact. “Aunt Lori is following you and I follow Aunt Lori.” I’d been outed. I knew my sister had requested to follow me but it never occurred to me my daughter was also following her. I had no other option but to confess. I took a deep breath and with my shoulders back and the confidence of a fighter pilot, I replied. “Yes. Yes I am and I found some great ideas for the pool.” I knew this would soften the blow since she was getting excited we were getting a pool.
She teased me a bit but I had embraced being a Pinner. Whenever I plan on a little DIY around the house, I head to Pinterest. The same goes for coming up with dinner ideas. And if I am surfing the web for and see something I want to save, just about every project or recipe has a Pinterest tile to click and it asks you which of your boards you want to save it to. I click the tile, save it to the appropriate board and move on, knowing I can find it whenever I please. This saves me the hassle of bookmarking the page and forgetting I even saved it.
I have no idea how Pinterest grabbed the stereotype of being for women, but I encourage all men to sign up. Create boards for workouts, cars, sports, you name it. Everything you are interested in on one web site. It’s fun, it’s addicting and I guarantee you, you will be a better man because of it. You can find me here . Pin on, boys!