Are you a fan of Pinterest? For those of you unfamiliar with the site, Pinterest allows you to create virtual bulletin boards and, in doing so, to organize web content. For example, I have a whole board of online recipes ‘pinned’ to one of my Pinterest boards. When I need to access one, I simply go to my board.
Each time I arrive at Pinterest’s site, I spend a few minutes scrolling through the things that my friends have recently pinned to their boards. Usually, there are bunches of DIY crafts, inspirational quotes, pictures, beauty tips, decorating ideas, yummy desserts. They’re all very impressive. Like, Martha Stewart level impressive.
My author friend Katie Ganshert and I thought it might be fun to tackle a few of the things we were seeing on Pinterest. Mind you, we’re writers and moms. We’re not Martha Stewarts.
To make it spicy, we decided we’d both attempt the same project the same week and then post our results on social media. To make it even spicier, we decided we’d let our readers vote each week on who they thought did the challenge best. That did it. Our ‘Pinterest War’ was born. We’ve had 3 wars so far. The longest lasted 8 weeks, the shortest 4. Once we finish a war, we usually take several months off to recover from the humiliation.
There have been a few (a very few) challenges at which we’ve excelled. For instance, we did pretty well with ‘the messy bun’:
Our readers did well with it, too:
We took on a pumpkin-carving challenge last October, sure that we’d both be terrible. I carved my pumpkin and was astonished at how fabulously it turned out. I started patting myself on the back, positive that I had the challenge in the bag. Then Katie texted me, talking smack about how fabulously her pumpkin had turned out. I couldn’t believe it when I saw her excellent effort.
The voting on the pumpkin carving challenge was the closest vote in the history of our Pinterest Wars. We didn’t let our readers know which of us had carved which pumpkin when they voted. Strict impartiality and all that. But since you’re Inspired by Life… and Fiction readers I’ll reveal to you that I carved #2. Which pumpkin do you think won by a hair?
Most of our Pinterest challenges have revealed our ineptitude. I give you the cupcake-with-frosting-rose challenge:
Good sport Betsy St.Amant did cupcake #1. (As it happens, Betsy just released a contemporary romance titled All’s Fair in Love and Cupcakes!) I did the hot mess otherwise known as cupcake #2. And Katie did the blob known as cupcake #3.
Another fail? Our attempt at a family foot portrait. This one seemed deceptively easy at the outset. But there were animals involved. And who was supposed to take the photo if everyone in it had their feet toward the camera?
Please take a moment and notice that *I* managed, at least, to get my dog’s little paws into the shot. Katie’s dog refused to play along, thus he’s staring straight at the camera. Probably thinking, “It’s really embarrassing to have humans this strange.”
In mid-October, Katie and I will be firing up another Pinterest War! Like our author pages on facebook to follow along. To check out all of our past challenges (and laugh), head here.
What kind of challenges would you like to see Katie and I attempt this fall? What kind of artsy endeavors do you enjoy? And don’t forget to guess which pumpkin won the challenge! I’ll post the answer in the comments Friday evening. 😉