Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stuck on Pinterest

From Cheryl's Writing Crate

Those who know me well know that I'm a little bit addicted to social media.  I'm not saying I need a constant social media fix or I can't perform my writing and other computer duties without it, but I am admitting that I really enjoy the ability to share "chosen" information with friends and family members, writing colleagues, and even professionals I admire but don't know personally thanks to this venue.

Although facebook has ranked #1 in the world of social media for several years now, there's  a relatively new social networking site that allows users to create online image collages, then quickly and easily share those collages — called “pinboards” — with other Pinterest users. 

As explained on, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the interesting things you find on the web whether it be for your home and family life or your professional life. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. 

People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, share their favorite recipes, quotes and hobbies, and as a writer you can share favorite authors, favorite writing blogs (say like The Writer's Crate), tips about character and plot development and so much more.

As a busy mom and a gal who loves to tackle home projects, Pinterest is a Godsend.  As a passionate writer, however, Pinterest is a must, and I'm going to share several reasons why:

1.  Pinterest has nearly five million users, and is rapidly growing. Nearly 1.5 million unique users visit Pinterest daily, spending an average of 15 minutes a day on the site.

2.  It allows you the opportunity to share your name on your profile for maximum exposure.

3.  When you create a new board, get creative by coming up with interesting board names. They get shared whenever you pin something, so make them enticing. But try to  keep your board names short. There isn’t a lot of room for long descriptive titles, but this makes it a fun challenge to make your words count.

4.  Tag other Pinterest users in your pins by using “@username” in your descriptions. Network with other professionals and authors in your field by using this feature. Not many people are doing this yet, so it’s a great way to build your following and stand out.

5.  Become an information curator for your writing niche. Gather the newest and best resources on your boards. Become a trusted source of information on Pinterest, and your following will grow by leaps and bounds.

Have you checked out Pinterest yet?  How do you use it to enhance your writing?

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