I have had an up and down relationship with Pinterest, the image-based social network that has captured the attention of creative types around the globe.
At first, I thought, what's the big deal? All I see are recipes for food I will never make and clothes I will never fit into and actors I don't even recognize.
But everyone was telling everyone that anyone who is anyone is on Pinterest.
So I joined.
And I had no clue what I was doing. I didn't know how to find people I knew, or people who were posting pictures of things I might like. I didn't know how to create a board or how or what I should pin to it.
So my profile just sat there with a few pictures and a couple of boards that not even I was interested in.
Then I attended a webinar offered by my literary agency Books & Such (Also the literary agency of Jaime and Gabrielle as it turns out. :) I love that we're 'Bookies' together!) The webinar was given by the generous, funny, and knowledgeable Erin MacPherson.
And it opened my eyes to some of the possibilities of Pinterest.
So, here are three things I have learned about Pinterest:
1. If you want to connect with people, be active. You can't over-pin. I was afraid of over-pinning the way some people over-share or over-post on Facebook. But on Pinterest, the more pins, the better! And re-pinning somebody's pin isn't stealing. They want you to re-pin!
2. If you want people to find your pins, then give your boards succinct titles that people would search for. Don't call your only board "Stuff I like." That's too generic. Be specific, and create boards that are specific. If you like red teapots, name your board "Red Teapots." That way, when someone else is searching for red teapots, your board will come up.
3. If you are looking for something, you can find it on Pinterest. I've created more than 40 boards now, some with some fairly obscure and random contents, because I've been researching or creating boards that pertain to my fiction writing. I've found pins on chuck wagons and vintage jewelry and parasols and Winston Churchill. All things I'm interested in...and others are too.
4. Bonus thing I've learned: Pinterest can be addictive and time sucking. It's easy to get lost in searching and scrolling through fabulous pictures. I've given myself the task of creating one new board per week, but I often find myself making more than one.
Question for you? Are you on Pinterest?
Here is the link to my Pinterest boards. Have a scroll through and tell me which one intrigues you the most.
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