My Pinterest Soapbox and Vlogging on VYou

I’ve resisted Pinterest for a long time. I promise I’ve been following the hype but for me it’s been just that. Hype. For me it was a giant honey-do list.

The following is a simulation not a representation of actual events (yeah, right):

“OMG this is the cutest thing ever and I want to SQUEE but I don’t have time to make it so can you make it for me honey? I’ll love you forever and ever!”

Also, as a person with a Y chromosome, I’ve never had an affinity toward DIY hair extensions, cross stitching the image of my dead cat on a pillow, or pretty photos of gluten free, soy free, tea infused tofu cakes.

None of those things have really ever grabbed my attention.

My favorite was seeing people talking about pinterest driving more traffic than Google+, LinkedIn, and YouTube combined.

I didn’t care.

Those kinds of articles drive me crazy to be honest. I could hear the flocks of affiliate marketers and businesses ready to ram their product down our throats registering their new Pinterest accounts. It sounded like panting. Very creepy panting.

The rapid adoption of Pinterest had me resisting it hard. People were loving on Pinterest so hard, in fact, that I was surprised they never offered to take it out to dinner first.

I’ve been saying things like:

“Pinterest is a cult, right?”

“I’m sorry but I think pinning cats is wrong! Any animal for that matter!”

“Free business idea: Pinterest rehab program. Money in the bank.”

Sarcasm aside, I knew that if I really wanted to make fun of Pinterest and scoff at the users (my lovely wife included), I had to experience it first hand.

I browsed around the site a bit and found this in the help section:

Avoid Self Promotion - Pinterest is designed to curate and share things you love. If there is a photo or project you’re proud of, pin away! However, try not to use Pinterest purely as a tool for self-promotion.

I liked that! Sure it doesn’t mean that there aren’t going to be a bajillion people who use it solely for self-promotion, but I liked that the people who created the tool are trying to create a community instead of a tool for tools, if you know what I mean.

Then I started creating my own boards and pins and all that jazz. Honestly, I kind of liked it. I admittedly don’t follow anybody, but that’s only because I’m still getting the hang of organizing my own stuff and I really want to create for a while before I start consuming. I also know that I have a tendency to go from experimentation to addiction in the matter of a few hours so I’m definitely taking baby steps.

Here are a few of the things I’ve made so far:

Vlogging on VYou

I mentioned on Tuesday I wanted to start vlogging (such a messed up word) more, and I found pretty much the perfect tool to do it. The real reason I want to vlog more is because I think it can create a more personal connection with those of you who are kind enough to stop by here.

VYou makes vlogging easy AND interactive.

If you go to my VYou page you can type in a quick question at the bottom of the screen and I’ll reply to it using a video! How cool is that?

I’m not vain enough (mostly) to think I’m such an incredibly fascinating person that you’ll just have a whole slew of questions to ask me. However, I am willing to answer pretty much any question you ask so have some fun with it. Even if I don’t want to answer the question I can still make a funny video telling you why I won’t answer it! Go ask a question!

The other thing I really dig about VYou is that there isn’t an upload/export/transcode process for every video. I just record it with my webcam and then it’s live! Some questions I might be able to answer faster with a video than I could an email! And now with more cowbell!

Below is the answer to my very first question: “What a coincidence that you wanted to start vlogging and now you’re on VYou!”

What are your thoughts on the vlogging and the pinning? Are you into either? One or the other? We’ll chat it up in the comments.


  1. says

    I have more followers on Pinterest than I do on LinkedIn, but have yet to go in and start looking around. I just know it will be a giant timesuck for a while and I can’t make myself do it just yet. But? I totally am enjoying YOUR foray into Pinterest. Hilarious.
    Love your use of the word SQUEE too.

    • ryan says

      GIANT TIMESUCK INDEED! That’s why I’m not even looking at other stuff. Hopefully my creative doesn’t run out after 24 hours and I can make 1 or 2 more funny things :)

  2. says

    I love Pinterest because I can put things I like there & not have to count on my failing memory for that! ;-) Plus I just enjoy pinning stuff I like & recipes too!

    I am going to check out your vlog stuff later – very cool!

  3. says

    Pinterest has actually helped me curtail my bad spending habits. Really. Check out my “Living in a Material World” board, and you’ll see pants, shoes, and tops (oh my!) that, otherwise, I might have drained my already-weak savings for. True story. You can read about it in April’s Ladies Home Journal. So, for that, I can’t knock Pinterest. It’s also good for, as Jody said, visually bookmarking recipes you want to try — or motivational photos (in my case: RUNspiration), as well as dreamy places you could never afford to travel to so you’re content to pin them on a board to ogle them every now and again.


    P.S. Congrats on the VYou action!

    • ryan says


      That’s what I liked about it. Kind of my own virtual organizational tool. A “life at a glance” type of thing which I really liked.

      I do think it’s an awesome tool, but people have gone completely crazy to pin. Completely nuts. And I really hope most people use it as a community as the creators intended, and not another billboard.

  4. says

    I love Pinterest so.much. It reminds me that people have it in them to be creative and it celebrates creativity. I REALLY REALLY love that. I love seeing things that are so simple that I wish I could have come up with it but I love seeing how brilliant someone else is. That being said, I love creating, I do parties and tablescapes and DIY so it is like my crack seeing these things. I never thought of it like a giant “honey-do” list but I can totally see that! HAHA! Thanks for the vlog tip, I am going to try that! I’m going to try vlogging more too. And share special times. heh

  5. Jackie Sullivan says

    I’ve only ever asked you to do one thing I found Pinterest and it’s still not done. So it really is like a honey do list. :)

  6. says

    I just vlogged for the first time and it was so hard not to cry lol. Emotional blogger = emotional vlogger. It got a lot of good response so I might do it again. The cool thing I like most about vlog(ing) is having the ability to do it on my phone at the spur of the moment.

    As for pinning…

    I love pinterest but don’t spend a lot of time on it unless I’m looking for something specific or waiting in line somewhere…

  7. says

    I was against Pinterest for a long time (just like I was against Twitter and FB for ages – I only created a twitter account in Oct)!
    Unfortunately, I am now obsessed with Pinterest. I spent entirely way too much time pinning =)
    LOVE this post! Definitely going to check out your vlog site!

  8. says

    My contention is that people hate to read, so Pinterest (and tumblr) give me an outlet for all my illiterate followers.

    And as for your vlog… damn you for making me fall in love with you!

  9. Gail says

    Hey Ryan… I saw on pinterest a chart you made about working out and no excuses. I wanted to actually read it (couldn’t on pinterest).. where is it located on your page (couldn’t find it)


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