guest post: pinterest.
by my illustrious guest blogger comment


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.

25 responses to “guest post: pinterest.”

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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 :)

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.


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