I catch hell and get crazy looks when I tell my male friends that I’m on Pinterest.
Here’s a recent snide remark…
“You’re kiddin’, right!? That’s where girls post about manicures and weddings!”
Yep, there’s lots of estrogen induced pinning going on. But, guys, I’ve found Pinterest to be a great tool for preparedness and self-reliance.
Man is a tool-using animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
~ Thomas Carlysle
There are lots of manly Pins that will stoke the fire of preparedness and self-reliance for anyone interested. In fact, it’s quite likely that your favorite prepared blogger has an active board full of value-adding pins. Whatever you’re into – prepping, survival, self-sufficiency, homesteading, DiY, bushcrafting, pioneer skills, guns, hunting/fishing, tools, permaculture, fitness – you’ll find it on Pinterest.
One cool thing about this social media tool is that your pins don’t disappear into the ether like Facebook or Twitter. What you pin on your board(s) stays there for future reference. My Pinterest boards serve as my Doing the Stuff refrigerator where I pin “fridge worthy” stuff I’m working on.
One preparedness project I found and finished yesterday is the self-feeding battery storage unit below. I was dressed for a hunting trip and my truck wouldn’t start. So I salvaged the day by heading to my shop to build preparedness stuff!
From left to right are the most common batteries: AAA, AA, C, D, and 9V batteries are ready for use and in one place. You can find the plans on myDIY Preparedness Project Board. I modified my battery storage unit by making it 21 inches tall instead of the original 8 inches to accommodate a Prepper load of batteries.
It beats my old scattered drawer storage method. There are 23 AA batteries in the slot with room for at least a dozen more.
When DRG or I need a battery, we can easily pull one from the self-feeding rack.
Who’s on Pinterest?
Alright manly men, before dismissing Pinterest as a girly hangout, you need to head over to Pinterest and Pin some preps!
While you’re there, you can follow your’s truly and some of my recommended preparedness pinners:
- Survival Sherpa
- Mom with a Prep
- Backdoor Survival
- Geek Prepper
- The Backyard Pioneer
- The Survival Doctor
- Graywolf Survival
- Suburban Steader
- Survival at Home
- Survival for Blondes
- Prepper Chicks
- The Survival Mom
- Are We Crazy, Or What?
- Food Storage and Survival
- Prepared Housewives
- Ready Nutrition
- Home Ready Home
- Common Sense Homesteading
- Apartment Prepper
- Mountain Woman Journals
- The Prepper Journal
These are just a few of the folks I’ve got pinned to my Doing the Stuff internet fridge. Add your favorites in the comments.
Keep Doing the Stuff,
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Contributed by Todd Walker of Survival Sherpa.
Todd Walker is married to the lovely Dirt Road Girl, proud father and grandfather, a government school teacher, a lover of the primal lifestyle and liberty. You can check out his website at Survival Sherpa with a vision of helping each other on the climb to self-reliance and preparedness…the Survival Sherpa way…One step at a time. Follow him on Twitter. Send him mail: email@example.com