Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for Pinterest

I'm blogging my way through the alphabet with many others participating in the 2014 A to Z Challenge. The A to Z Challenge is the brainchild of Arlee Bird at Tossing it Out. We post every day in April except Sundays.

P is for Pinterest. What it is it? What does it do? How and what's the point. Here's an article that will answer those questions and tell you why you'll become addicted. 

And believe me, addicted is the correct word. I believe my daughter has planned her entire wedding by searching Pinterest. We've figured out our table centerpieces (three books tied with twine), our literary couples--the happy ones! Yes, it's a literary wedding. The groom has selected his groom's table--pies, pies and more pies! Pinterest can "help" you do anything. While looking for a recipe with a certain ingredient, all I have to do is put it in the search engine and I find hundreds.

More importantly, Pinterest is great for writers. Authors are taking full advantage. Some have their entire books on Pinterest. They build visuals. In the old days we created graphic poster boards to inspire us, with everything that reminded us of our stories, but now, we post the hero and heroine's homes, their jewelry, their clothing, their faces, the city they live in with its landmarks. I haven't done it but only because I haven't found the time. I hear it's great promo!

Other authors have writing tips. I hope you can go to this page to see what it's all about. And here's a good one too! So much fun! So informative. 

I have several Pinterest boards: Praise, Prayers and Observations is filled with quotes and a few insignificant things I fancy. My second board is Heroes and Heroines I Think of While Writing. Beautiful people. My last two boards are Someday Recipes (vegetarian) and Someday Fun Projects. You can take a look at all my boards at this link.

If you have to sign in, it's simple. Don't worry about doing so. I've never received any spam or unnecessary messages from Pinterest. They do notify me when I have a new follower or someone has pinned one of my pics.

You'll have a great time creating your own writing world ... or any kind of world for that matter. You can also make it private so you don't have to share with the rest of us.

Do you pin? What's the subject of your boards? If not, why don't you give it a try? It's a new experience. It's inspiring! I love it. I know you will too!

If you pin, leave a link to your favorite board.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm on Pinterest, but I know I'm not using it to my full advantage as an author.

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

I'm not either, Diane. Some authors really utilize the boards to promote their books but I haven't done that. I need to do a little more "studying." :)

Mary Aalgaard said...

Sounds like fun. I know people who get great ideas there for projects of all kinds. I've only just taken a glimpse of it myself.
Play off the Page

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Hi Mary - Pinterest is definitely habit forming.

Jamie Dement (LadyJai) said...

I've been to pintrest a few times and lost a whole day each time. So, um, yeah...can't do that too often! :)

Thanks for sharing the links! <3

Jamie Dement (LadyJai)
My A to Z
Caring for My Veteran

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Jessy, I am not on Pinterest. I feel I am spending too much time online as it is.

Michelle Stanley said...

I recently joined Pinterest and have done very little as I need to soend time to understand the site more. Your post came the right time, right theme for me to do so. I appreciate the information in your lovely post. AtoZer

TaMara Sloan said...

I'm on Pinterest, but I use it mostly for recipes and homeschool ideas. I never thought about using it for writing!

One of AJ's AtoZ wHooligans
Tales of a Pee Dee Mama

Anonymous said...

I have gone to Pinterest, I am not using it too much. Mainly for places that I want to go or things that I would like to have in my home someday (I really want one of those stair ways that doubles as storage and a library!)

Jess * Jessie * Jessy said...

Jamie - Your comment is hilarious. I totally understand!

Rachna - Sometimes I yearn for the "old" days. Pre-Internet! But that feeling doesn't last very long. :)

Michelle-thanks! I don't use it right. I'm still learning. Some authors learn and utilize things so quickly. Makes me realize how slow I am.

TaMara - Best recipes! And now you have another world opening up to you!

Melanie - Pinterest helped me with my renovation. I saw a pic of a closet they turned into a seating area with book cases on both sides. That inspired me to tear out our wet bar and create book cases!

D Biswas said...

I'm in two minds about Pinterest. I think I'll join after the AZ is done.

Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

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