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.