I think many of you might be disappointed with today’s announcement. Y’all seemed to set some pretty high expectations ranging from; we’re having a kid or buying a house, to I’m getting a Reality TV series. Sadly, no one has come knocking on my door with a camera, and Girl Ninja is definitely not knocked up. I’m still excited to share today’s post with you, but am now wondering if the hype was built up so much you’re going to be like “Oh, that’s it?” Please pretend to be excited, even if you really aren’t 🙂 Let’s get on with it….
I’ve wanted to do something risky for a long time now, but could never come up with a decent project or idea. I wasn’t about to just start a business for the sake of starting a business. If I was going to create something, it had to be EPIC.
So September 2011 rolls around and I’m hearing from all of Girl Ninja’s friends, “Pinterest this and Pinterest that”. It’s borderline disgusting how addicted some people are to the website. I decided to poke around and see what the hype was all about. If you’re a dude, let me spare you now. Pinterest is about wedding dresses, kittens, cookies, flowers, and shabby chic home decor. Not exactly things I’m interested in.
Pinterest was not the first image bookmarking site to hit the internet, but it’s obviously become the most popular. In fact, I asked GN if she had to give up her Facebook page or her Pinterest page which one she’d toss. Without a second of hesitation she said she’d kick FB to the curb. Homegirl is serious about pinning pretty things.
I started doing some research and learned that 80% of Pinterest users are female. I went to Juxtapost, We Heart It, Piccsy, and a million other image bookmarking sites. They all had the same thing in common; female domination.
So Pinterest is one of the fastest growing websites in internet history, but it’s seriously struggling to represent half of the human race. Looks like I just found my business venture. I bought MANteresting.com for $10 on September 15th and was determined to make something great.
I made some phone calls, spoke with some developers and found out it could take up to a year to build a Pinterest-like site, and would likely cost me upwards of $10,000. HOLY CRAP THAT’S A LOT OF MONEY.
I was discouraged, but over the next few days I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. Reading. Researching. Finding post after post complaining about a lack of male representation on Pinterest. This market was begging for someone to come and fill the void.
I reached out to my friend Jesse Michelsen who has some serious coding skills and pitched the idea (along with the crappy template you see on the left) to him. Fortunately he saw the potential and agreed to partner up with me to make this idea a reality. I was elated.
For the last five months, we’ve put hundreds of hours and THOUSANDS of dollars in to making this thing not suck. We even hired two developers to help us through the process.
We were the first male focused image bookmarking site to hit the internet (went live for alpha testing in November 2011), and today, February 16th, we can finally open our doors to the general public for Beta testing!
I’m so nervous I could fart. Today, I find out if this 5-month journey was one worth taking. I’m convinced there is a marketplace for MANteresting, but you (the users) will ultimately be the judge of that. It’s both scary and exciting to have so little control over the future of it.
Now is the part where I beg you for support…
I try my very best to entertain you all five times a week. Not only with stick figure drawings, but material that will hopefully challenge, inspire, or at least get you thinking about your personal finances. I make sure I don’t waste your time with spammy articles or annoying product reviews. I don’t have pop ups jumping on the page asking you to subscribe to my RSS feed. I typically ask very little of my readers.
But, this week I’m taking a break from my normal posting routine and am asking you to help me get this thing going!
If you are a guy. Sign up. Tell your facebook/twitter friends about us. Start sharing pictures. And enjoy a website that I really do believe will entertain you.
Ladies, I obviously don’t expect this site to win your hearts. I’m not trying to convince you to come to the “dark side”, but I seriously would be so grateful if you could at least poke around a bit, set up an account if you want (yes women are welcome to join), and tell every everyone you’ve ever met about us.
If you have a twitter I would be forever in debt to you (Yes, DEBT. Even though I hate it, I’d gladly be in debt to you) if you could tweet something along the lines of:
Finally, a Pinterest alternative for men. http://bit.ly/yiO0Xi No invite needed! via @MANteresting.
(follow @MANteresting while you’re at it). If you don’t have a twitter, you can like us on Facebook. It takes three seconds and helps spread the word to thousands of people in a matter of minutes
<— click to tweet instantly
If you’re reading this right now and didn’t click both of those buttons above, you are seriously making my heart sad 🙁
If you have any media connections, know any influential people on twitter, if you have a blog, or just a bunch of friends; I would be forever grateful if you could help me promote MANteresting to the world. I’m convinced I have the most loyal readers and commenters of any PF blog out there and I believe you guys/girls have the power to make this project go semi-viral if you just tweet about it, post about it, sign up, and share.
Will you please help me out?!
Thank you so, so, SOOOOOOOO much for your support. I’ll be sure to keep you posted about any successes or setbacks that come as a result of this new venture.
Oh and here’s a quick video about some of the sites features (first and probably only time you’ll ever hear my real voice. I was kind of awkward in the video because I had to do it in a single take. I can assure you I’m only 50% this awkward in real life)…
Hugs Not Drugs 🙂
p.s. remember we are in Beta mode which means there are still a lot of features that are either a little buggy, not implemented yet, or may not be the most intuitive. Over the next few weeks we’ll be rolling out extensive social networking features, additional categories and ways to search for images, and literally 59 other features we have on our to-do list. We would appreciate any feedback you have!!!
p.p.s. If we get 1,000 users by the end of week one I will post a picture of myself WITHOUT the black bar across my eyes. Yes, that is a bribe.