The Pinterest Challenge rocked as 10 other people joined me to pin 68 Pinterest ideas that we did in real life. 68 more pins taken from the Great Chasm of Forgotten Pins and placed into our working, creative lives to help us.
Well, it's been over 21 days, and I still look at Pinterest differently. I look at it as a springboard and not just a, well, bunch of entertaining boards.
Here's what the Pinterest Challenge taught me:
1. Pinterest is way more fun when I use it to assist me to do something
At first, it was hard to resist going on Pinterest to waste my time. I wanted to click that shinny red "P" and chill on my bed. But instead I asked myself, "can I take something on Pinterest and put it into action instead?" And when I couldn't do anything because of time, then I couldn't go to waste time I didn't have looking at Pinterest. In retrospect, this makes a lot of sense.
2. The recipes taste better than they look
For the Pinterest Challenge, I baked 7 desserts including a 4th of July fruit pizza (mine pictured below), a blueberry cobbler, and a strawberry layer cake! I love baking, and so discovering all of these new recipes made Pinterest even better!
3. Sharing my experiences with others made each pin mean more
I added a comment to each pin, describing to others how it went. This made the experience so cool because even though I may never see my Pinterest followers, I now have a small part of their life where I told them how to make their underwater VBS room fabulous!
4. Sharing this experience with 10 other inspired me to do more Pinterest-y things
I didn't even know about sun tea or doily water coloring until my fellow pinners showed me how they did these things. Now I need to do some Louisiana sun tea!
5. I have more time to do the things on Pinterest than I think
Some of the smaller Pinterest things that I did included five minute exercise routines and watching the shows/movies that all of these marvelous gifs originate from.
6. Pinterest will never be just an entertainment site to me now
Even though I don't do something every time I go on Pinterest, I am no longer satisfied to just look at a bunch of things that I will never do. Every time I find myself scrolling, this nagging feeling in my post-Pinterest Challenge mind tells me that I should do one of these ideas and soon.
7. The Pinterest Challenge doesn't have to end
Even though I'm not under the strict Pinterest Challenge rules, I (and you) can still take the principle and apply it to our daily Pinterest habit. We can be more intentional in taking charge and doing the things on Pinterest and then pin those things, with a personal comment, to the Pinterest Challenge board. I'm even pinning old things that I've done in the past to the Pinterest Challenge board so that I and others can see how it went, because sometimes I can't remember which recipe that I made and if I liked it. Let's make the Pinterest Challenge board a full collection of experiences and advice!
If you participated in the Pinterest Challenge with me, THANK YOU!!! You made this all the more fun. Tell me in the comments all that you learned. What was your favorite pin that you did?
If you have yet to participate in the Pinterest Challenge, it is never too late! Comment on one of my pins or message me and I'll add you to the board so that you too can discover the joy that Pinterest can give to you in the full.
Let's use Pinterest and not let it use us. Let's find that Pinterest is much more fun in real life.