Welcome to the first installment of TECHnically Speaking. This is coming from the request to “blog about techy stuff” I get from time to time when I answer a question on Twitter. I am happy to help you guys but I struggle because I don’t know what you don’t know (ya know?). I might be telling you something that you already know or don’t give a shit about. But I asked around and have some ideas to start off with and if you have requests along the way, even better. These “tips” will run the gammat from super user friendly things (like this one) to more custom topics like WordPress plugins and iPhone gestures. I will even talk jQuery and Facelets, if you want…but I am pretty sure most of your eyes’ just crossed and you started to drool. Point taken.
So first up is something I made up a few years ago around Christmas. You know the problem. Everyone complains “you are so hard to buy for” and you think “no I’m not…there is tons of stuff I would like”. Problem is? People ain’t mind readers. While I am not overly ecstatic about making a list for people to buy from, I know they need some hints.
Enter “The Want Board“.
Throughout the year, if I am online shopping or killing time looking on Pinterest and see something I think “hey that would be a good gift for me from someone”, put it on the want board. Jewelry, clothes, handbags, rugs, lamps, curtains…whatever. Then give the board to your husband, mom, in laws, sister…whoever complains about you not being easy to buy for. THEN when a gift giving event comes up, they can peruse the Want board for ideas. The beauty here (over just a list of shit) is 9 times out of 10, I have completely forgotten about what I pinned. I mean we all do. We pin cute stuff and never return. BUT NOW YOU WILL! Kevin has done this numerous times with different jewelry options. My mom knew what kind of sweater I would like. Win win.
- Put sizes with clothing/shoe pins.
- Don’t want to be specific? Pins stores that are always a hit.
- Pin patterns if your sister likes to knit or whatnot.
- Start boards for your kids.
- Pin charities that mean a lot to you.