8/04/2016

The Pinterest Challenge Recap

Way, way back in the early summer, I hosted The Pinterest Challenge, where I challenged myself and anyone else wishing to join to not go on Pinterest unless we would actually do something that we found on Pinterest. 21 days of productive Pinterest, could we do it? More than that, what kind of awesomeness can Pinterest offer us once we start using it for purpose and not simply pastime?



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. 

Love y'all,

Princess Hannah

14 comments:

  1. I loved the Pinterest Challenge!!! I didn't keep up with it as consistently as I wish that I had, I'm sorry about that. But it was so much fun, and I really enjoyed thinking more about actually DOING the things that I pin. Thanks for the inspiration, Hannah:)

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    1. I am so glad that you joined in, Grace! And how are those splits coming?

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  2. It was a really great experience!! I really didn't keep up with as much as I should've, but the times I did it was really helpful. It was great to have that motivation before going on pInterest. Thank you for initiating this incredible idea, Hannah!!

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    1. I'm so glad that it taught you something!

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  3. I tried to keep up with the challenge, but the only thing that I really did was actually watch Gravity Falls, since I've seen a lot of pins relating to that and my friends were screaming at me to watch the show, anyways. >.< (I'M SO SORRY, DOWNTON ABBEY, AKA THE ONE SHOW I ALWAYS CALLED "DOWNTOWN ABBEY" IN MY MISGUIDED YOUTH).

    But I think that I'll be able to actually make a lot of the Pinterest recipes when my parents are out and my grandmother is watching over the house for a couple of days. Like you said, just because the Pinterest challenge ended doesn't mean that it has to end that way-- it can go on. ^.^

    xoxo Morning

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    1. Was Gravity Falls good????

      And yes, cook those recipes!!! Somehow it is freeing when the parents are out, isn't it?

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  4. This sounds really productive and like an awesome idea. I would have joined if I had Pinterest. :) Great job holding yourself accountable!

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    1. Pinterest is great, but more so if you use it. And thanks Bethany!

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  5. Yes, the Pinterest challenge was really good. It was inspiring to see what other people had pinned, and their experience trying the pin... I'm planning to keep it up too. :)

    Thanks for sharing the brilliant idea, and heading up this challenge, Hannah!

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    1. I was so glad to see you join the Pinterest Challenge movement, because you are so right, it's a good thing to keep up. And you, among all of the others who contributed, made it SUPER COOL!!!

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  6. It's so interesting how we definitely have more time to do radical things than we think we do! Very cool thought. I usually only use Pinterest to find images that inspire me to write, but this also serves as a general reminder to actually step offline and do something you've always wanted to. Thank you for that! :)

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    1. Yes, yes, yes, Erin! And lately, that's what I've been using Pinterest for as well. And workouts. There are so many cool pics on Pinterest, but they get cooler once we actually use them!

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  7. You said that the recipes you made were even better than they looked...I had the opposite experience, which was kind of disappointing, obviously. Some of them may have been just because I don't have the experience to know the right consistency or whatever (the peach bread, for example, which, btw, was very good right out of the oven, but after a few days...eww). I've enjoyed the Pinterest Challenge mucho!

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    1. Maggi, you were the most consistent with the Pinterest Challenge, even more than me I think, so YAYYYY!!!! And generally homemade bread doesn't taste as good the second day. No chemicals to keep it fresh. Keep trying, that's whay counts!

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