guest post: pinterest.

today, ben silbermann, our lovely host from pinterest is sharing his own ‘pin it forward‘ post.

I moved across the country twice.  First from Iowa to Connecticut when I went to college, then to the Bay Area where I live now.  What’s always made me feel at home is a daily routine. I have little rituals — from making coffee on Monday morning, to calling my parents on Sunday afternoon.  Individually, they sound a bit boring.  I don’t rock climb or race yachts. I get edgy ordering my burger rare.  I parallel park sllllowly.  Even so, these little rituals make me feel at home. So without further ado, I wanted to share one day at home with me.  You can check out my entire pinboard here.

Morning: I’m a morning guy.  I like waking up early and drinking ice coffee in one of my favorite cafes.  I don’t always sit down for breakfast, but I enjoy it when I do.  I treasure the quiet time before the day starts, reading a newspaper and marveling at all the things that happened while I was asleep.   Despite what people say, the world is actually a REALLY big place.

My mouse movements over just 1 hour.  By the end of the day, most of that screen would be black.  I used iograph to make the image.

Loving Your Work: I love the internet. That sounds silly to most people, even here in Silicon Valley. But if people can love TV or movies or books, I think it’s ok to love the internet too. I could write pages and pages on why, but suffice to say that this is why I first moved to California and worked for Google, and why I couldn’t be happier as the co-founder of a startup.

If you live in SF and you use Pinterest, you should come to our meetup on July 9th at Rare Device.

I’m lucky to be building Pinterest with 2 friends — Yash and Paul. If you ever write in with a question about Pinterest one of us is reading your email. We’re all floored by the incredible people who are use Pinterest to share their taste, and it’s great to see the site grow and improve everyday. Doing a startup is a hard work, but my “job” couldn’t be more fun.

Picnic Lunch: Nothing better than a lunch on the beach.

True to my roots, my favorites meals involve corn on the cob and pork.

But while I have your attention, I want to clear up a couple misconceptions about the midwest, or the “flyover states” as my college friends used to joke. Iowa IS full of farms. There IS a state fair (it’s amazing). But, there are also nice restaurants and museums and bars. The people I grew up with are worldly and well-read and kind. I had electricity AND running water. I went to the mall, even during the harvest!

downtown Des Moines, IA. My hometown!

Spending Time with Family and Friends: My only regret living in California is that I’m not closer to family.  Thank goodness for the internet, so I can bore my friends with adorable pictures of my nephew and videochat with my Grandpa.

Above: Me and my nephew, Elliot.

My Mom, Grandpa, Grandma and Aunt.  All spectacular people.

Movie & Dinner: A confession. I’ve been watching fewer “films” and more movies. Maybe it means I’m getting older. My favorite nights are spent with Divya. We watch movies while making dinner (usually Indian food). I’m looking forward to many years of this routine.

A Polish poster for one of my all time favorite movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark).

California Stars: What night wouldn’t be complete without a little time under the California Stars. I’m spoiled by the weather here and I intend to take full advantage.

That’s home for me. I hope you enjoyed it! If you ever want to get in touch about Pinterest or just to say hello, drop me a line: ben (at) pinterest (dot) com.

Comments
25 Responses to “guest post: pinterest.”
  1. elissa c says:

    Wish I was in SF to attend the meet-up. Thanks for sharing this interview – it’s great to “meet” one of the people behind (my new addiction) Pinterest!

    Thank you Ben & co for your fun invention.

  2. how cool is this?! i had never heard of pinterest before… can see it will be addicting!

  3. Ben, enjoyed your pin it forward post so much! that’s so nice to see you pinning about what home means to you along with us :)

  4. sunny says:

    woo hoo! great post! Love hearing about someone’s day. And I know the midwest has some very cool places, restaurants and cafes. Even museums and shops! I moved from Chicago to San Francisco to Wisconsin, so I’m doing it in a different order than you did!

    By the way – in the family photo, your mom reminds me of America Ferrera.

  5. Emily Greene says:

    I really enjoyed your post! It sounds silly, but I really understand what home is to you, now, and it is lovely. I love pinterest, and I am going to try to make it to the meet-up!

  6. Camille says:

    I’ve just gotten started on Pinterest! I am excited to discover how to use it.

  7. Jude says:

    What fun – really enjoyed this post – I live 3000 miles from home (Hawaii) and this resonated!

  8. Scatterbox says:

    I’m from the midwest, too (Ohio), and am very happy to have been raised there. So much more wonderful than people tend to realize. That said, we just moved to northern California in January, and I am continually blown away by how much wonderful there is here, too. The weather! SO fantastic. Baking in near 100-degree heat during the day, but then cooling off enough for a sweater and bonfire at night: Priceless.

    Hopefully I’ll see you all at the meetup!

  9. christine says:

    great post Ben! Sites like Pinterest make me LOVE the internet as well. :)

  10. Luisa says:

    Thank you for sharing, Ben. It’s nice to know a little more about the people behind Pinterest. I am a huge fan and pin new images to my boards almost everyday!

  11. Ben says:

    Thanks everyone! It was super fun to contribute to pin-it-forward.

    I’m also happy everyone is enjoying Pinterest . @scatterbox I hope we see you in SF. Elissa, maybe we can do one in your hometown next :)

  12. Tanya says:

    That roasted corn looks amazing. I realize the post as an entirety is really amazing, but I’m also really hungry right now.

    xoxo, T

    Be sure to check out my giveaway:
    http://www.atasteoft.com/2010/06/guest-post-crafty-hippy-giveaway.html

  13. Heather says:

    Thank you for continuing to give Iowa (and Des Moines!) a good name! It’s lovely here, with lots of stuff to see and do…and not just corn. Yay! Loved the whole post, thanks.

  14. Terri says:

    Iowa is wonderful! I lived in Des Moines through college and then after for a few years… I loved it there. I’ve already become quite addicted to Pinterest. It’s a lot of fun and I love seeing what everyone else is posting. Thanks for the great idea and for implementing it so we all can enjoy!

  15. Great post and a pleasure to meet a fellow midwesterner. (I grew up in Nebraska.) I just joined Pinterest this week and it seems like so much fun.
    XO Piper

  16. Jaclyn says:

    Ben, I loved reading your pin it forward post. I had such a great time contributing to the event, thanks for creating such a wonderful site and putting so much work into spreading the fun with everyone.

    -Jaclyn

  17. nyc lu says:

    im just wishing i had a picnic to go to now!!

  18. Will says:

    I loved this post. Pintrest is my way to unwind. It’s just pure brilliance.

  19. Evita says:

    I LOVE Pinterest! It my Calgon for moving stress.

  20. jane says:

    I LOVE your Pin it Forward because it’s so YOU !
    Mom

  21. Love Pinterest and hoping I can make it to the soiree!!!

  22. Oh, and nice getting to know a little more about you Ben!!

  23. Thank you so much for Pinterest!! Love this post!!

  24. jodi says:

    what a fabulous post! pinterest is the best and ben totally rocks.

  25. yvette says:

    Cute post. I love love love Pinterest!

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