Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Write Conversation—Do You Pinterest?

Believe it or not, I do have interests other than writing.

I absolutely LOVE to knit. I also enjoy making jewelry. And although I tease about my idea of exercise being nothing more than turning the pages in a book, I do love the out-of-doors. Hiking, camping and especially horseback riding are all favorite pastimes.

Another hobby of mine is fashion. I admit it, I do love to shop. New shoes and new fingernail polish are particular weaknesses!

I have finally found a place to enjoy all my interests—www.Pinterest.com

This is a genius site. Once you join you can set up your own BOARDS, trolling the Internet for things that inspire you. Anything you see on the web, you can click, copy and pin to a board.

You can find boards with pictures of places to hike. Pictures of clothes (and brightly colored fingernail polish). I've even visited people who have pages of knitting. It's a kaleidoscope of possibilities—limited only by your imagination.

Now you may be asking why I'm talking about this website on my writing blog, but it's more applicable than you might think. Actually, it took me a little while to catch onto the relevance myself. But when I did, I knew I had to share my discovery with you.

When I first started playing around with Pinterest, I felt noble and wise. Here I was, so smart to be pursuing outside interests. After all, we've all been told we should take time away from our jobs, right?

Then I stumbled on the first board with a link to a blog post on it.

Yep, you read that right. I was off and running. I immediately did a little research and discovered what some of you may already know...Pinterest is a great way to connect with new readers. It doesn't matter if you're a blogger, a freelancer or an author. This is another great way to get exposure to people who get you…whatever your topic.

So I'm curious, how many of you Pinterest?

Wanna connect? I'd sure love to connect with you!

Don't forget to join the conversation!


  1. I love Pinterest! It's great for a lot of reasons, but from a tech perspective it's better than bookmarks because it transcends browsers. "Boards" are similar to browser folders, and because you associate pictures and descriptions, it's easier to remember.

    An added bonus: other people can openly access them!

  2. I love all the "finds" that friends have shared on Pinterest, but I haven't ventured there yet.

  3. Wow, I must be out of the loop. How do others find time to do this when writing, a full time job, family, hobbies,and day to day chores take up all of my time and I didn't even add in the sleep needed. I will put this on my list of things to check out when I can, but for me it might be more of a distraction than I can afford while building my writing career.

  4. Wow, Pinterest is popping up everywhere just recently. Another FB friend mentioned it 3-4 days ago so I checked it out, loved it and subscribed. However, I didn't hear anything back. Today I read on someone else's FB page that you get accepted quicker if you're invited and they offered to send me an invitation. Within an hour or so, I was in. And now I'm reading about it here. I'm not sure what it means to be "pinning" but I think I'm in the right place. Thanks for insight into Pinterest since I'm still figuring it out.

  5. I guess I'd better head over there now...
    I've seen a lot of people posting about their addiction to Pinterest on Facebook, but I haven't ventured over to check it out yet. I'll be looking for you...