The longer blogs are around, and the more of them that pop up in the world, the more we begin seeing innovative approaches to blogging. I’d like to share one of those with you today.
My Mom pointed me to Marie Mayhew’s blog, Been There. Done That: My Pinterest Summer Adventure. Marie’s doing two very interesting things here:
- Marie loves to pin household tips and recipes on Pinterest. So each day, she’s taking one pin and following it to its original source. Then she’s trying out the tip or recipe, and writing a short blog post sharing how it went and what she learned, and most importantly, linking to that original source post.
- She’s keeping this blog-project up only for this summer.
Best Ever Baked Oven Fries. All images in this post by Marie Mayhew, and used with permission.
I love the idea of a limited-duration blog about a very specific theme. Not every blog has to continue in perpetuity. Content you create for the web, assuming it’s about evergreen things, can stay on the web indefinitely. So if a long-term blog feels like too much of an undertaking, why not create a smaller project, like Marie’s done? (For the record, Marie also keeps an ongoing blog, called That’s Woolly Something.)
…And, all my reservations about Pinterest aside, I love that Marie’s made a project of actively using the information she finds online. We all tend to stockpile “great ideas,” but how many of us actually use them? And isn’t it always compelling to hear about someone else’s experience with a web how-to?
Marie’s completely honest about how things went, too – if a recipe wasn’t great, she’ll say so. If she made a bunch of alterations, she’ll share what they were. That’s extremely useful data! And if Marie finds a tip or recipe especially successful, she’ll give it her “Red Pin Award.”
…And I have to give her special props for taking her own photographs of her own results and sharing these on her blog – rather than just grabbing the images from the Pinterest pins. That’s a touch that speaks to the authenticity of Marie’s approach, and is very respectful to the original creators.
Pop over there and say howdy this weekend! You might find something useful to make or try.