Then I was getting my nails done (my only self-indulgence – snort!) and talk turned to food (it was after work and my stomach was growling!). My nail tech/hair wizard whips out her tablet, cues up her Pinterest page and starts scrolling through recipes. How cool is that?! And then we go to her board on nail art. OOO! LOVE IT! Okay, I’ve got to get into this. I’m raging ADD/OCD so I crave organization and sorting of any kind. By the time my acrylics are dry, I am on a mission to make Pinterest my slave. But how does it work?
My daughter-in-law co-worker Mary Gideon makes awesome repurposed jewelry and uses Pinterest to tuck away ideas and inspiration. In a matter of minutes she has me fixed up with an account. Now, what to do with it? What types of boards should I have and for what purpose (Oooh, list making. I am so fan girling!) Where do I find things to Pin and how do I go about it? The site has simple instructions and suggestions. Creating the boards (where you ‘Pin’ a collection of like-minded things under one heading) is a snap. Filling them is ridiculously easy. You can pull things saved on your own computer (pictures, etc.) by browsing or from the web (You Tube videos, articles, blog posts, etc.) using a specific URL. Put that PIN on a specific board, caption it – PIN. Done! The perfect place to store all those funnies that populate Facebook and clever videos you want to watch over and over. Mistakes are quickly edited. You can use the Search bar to see what others have pinned . . . and steal them for your own boards. Arrrrgh, Matey! Pins Ahoy! You can follow boards you like and their new Pins will pop up on your site like magic. And they will Follow yours. It’s Twitter in pictures!
Nails. I am a nail whore! I name my first board “Nailed It” and go in search of nail art. Pin Pin Pin Pin! What fun! Jewelry. I’m also a jewelry slut. “Bling-a-Ding-Ding.” Pin Pin Pin Pin! Squee! And it’s my lunch hour and I’m hungry. Start looking up those holiday recipes. Pin Pin Pin Pin! I am in obsessive compulsive heaven! Funny animal memes! Look, Squirrel! Oh, I am an addict at a Breaking Bad marathon! Before I know it, my lunch hour is long over and I’m jonesing for that next Pin.
Maybe this isn’t such a good idea after all . . . Pinterest has made me its b*tch.
Trying to rein in my enthusiasm, I decide to see how other less out of control people use their Pinterest account. So I visit book buddy Eileen Dreyer. Okay, lots of recipes and bling but the clever girl also slips in book promotion. Boards on her research, on her characters, on the clothing they wear. Ahha! A sales pitch subliminally tucked in amongst the cuddly kittens and LOLs. I get it now. Pinterest is a visual Facebook profile of likes, activities and professional accomplishments!
Smug with this new knowledge, I begin to list boards with a purpose. About me. Communal likes and interests. Sharing who I am and what I do. AWESOME! And in no time, I have 19 Boards populated with Pins. Post-It Note Nirvana! Boards on where I’ve been, what I’ve read, what I’m religiously watching. Heroes, holidays, diets, theater and videos of music that Rocks! For readers and authors, posts on the writing life, the who’s who of my blog guests, book settings and trailers and what I imagine my characters look like. And, of course, my books. And Guinea pigs. You can attach your Pinterest boards to Facebook, to your blog, to your website. Pin suggestions will even appear in your e-mail.
Have I hooked you on Pinterest yet? Stop over to my page and browse. Better yet, invite me over to yours so we can share cat memes and hunky guys. And learn a lot about one another in a creative new way. And maybe even find a book to read.
If you’re a dedicated Pinner, what do you have on your page? If you’re heading over to visit mine, what would you like to see there?
Oh, look! Hugh Jackman without a shirt! Recipes to devour during the Oscars! Pin Pin Pin Pin!