I’ve recently discovered Pinterest. I’m going to be honest—the only reason I even looked into it was because I was asked to write a feature on Pinterest for the January issue of First Draft, the official bimonthly publication of Sisters in Crime – Guppies.
Now, it may seem odd to you that someone who knew nothing about Pinterest was asked to write about it—and perhaps even odder that I accepted the assignment. But if you’ve read my blog On Freelance Writing, or checked out my pages Freelance Favorites: Part I and Part II, you’ll know that one of the reasons I love freelancing is because it provides me with the opportunity to learn about new things. So here’s what I learned:
Pinterest users can create either a personal or a business account. Since I hope to use Pinterest as another social media platform to market my brand and my book (when published), I decided to start the process by creating a business account. You can find me at www.pinterest.com/judypenzsheluk, or you can click on the handy FIND ME ON PINTEREST link in the sidebar.
While the actual account set up was easy, having my account “verified” (getting Pinterest to recognize www.judypenzsheluk.com) was a bit of a challenge for an admittedly technical neophyte like myself (hey, I’m a writer, not a computer wiz). That said, eventually I got it done. The benefit: I’ll be privy to Pinterest Analytics, which will allow me to obtain statistics on how well I’m connecting (or not connecting) with others.
Setting up my first board was super simple. I started with a secret board for my novel, THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE. (A secret board is visible only to me, or those I invite.) While I plan to make “The Glass Dolphin Antiques Shop” public at some point in the future, for now, I’m just playing around with it, deciding what sorts of objects visitors might find inside Arabella Carpenter’s shop. It’s a bit like going picking for antiques without spending any money. How much fun is that?
Encouraged by the ease of creating my secret board, I decided it was time to go public. To maximize interest, Pinterest recommends a variety of boards on different topics. Thus, I created five categories to start: Cartoons for Writers; Favorite Books & Authors; On Writing; Golfing; and Running.
Okay, so six boards created in total and it was time to get pinning. While you can pin from your own computer and/or the Internet, a great place to start is by searching for pins already on Pinterest. Search for “running” or “writing,” for example, and all manner of pins come up. Repinning is also a nice way for other users to know you’ve paid them a visit—and it might just drive traffic to your own boards (after all, you probably have something in common).
What I discovered through all this board creating and pinning is that Pinterest is mildly addictive. Maybe even a bit more than mildly addictive, though I’m hoping the “shiny, new feeling” wears off soon so I can get back to what I’ve recently put on my latest to-do list: writing a new book.
Maybe I should start a secret board for the protagonist…