Friday, February 17, 2012

Interest in Pinterest?

By Heather Webber / Heather Blake

I did it.

I joined Pinterest.
Pinterest Logo

Those of you who don’t know what that is, well, it’s like crack to creative types, especially visually creative types. Just telling it to you straight.

Essentially, you find pictures you like, either through Pinterest (through their "everyone" link or by following friends) or online, click a button, and "pin" that image to an online bulletin board that you've created.

Why do this, you ask?

Good question.

It’s an enormous time suck, especially when you’re on (cough, cough) deadline. You can get lost in the images, in the quotes, in all of it, and before you know it, the sun’s gone down and you realize you missed dinner.

But it's fun. And an escape. And fun (did I mention that?).

What do I use it for? Well, I have a board for my book covers. A board for quotes I like. A board for musicals I love, and even a board full of otter pictures, because I love otters. They make me happy.
What do I especially like about Pinterest?

I can use it to collage books I’ve written and books I'm working on. Collaging has been a writer’s tool for a long time, but usually it’s cutting pictures out of magazines and gluing them on cardboard. Pinterest makes it a lot easier—and less messy.

So, for example, I’ve done a board for IT TAKES A WITCH.

And one for the upcoming A WITCH BEFORE DYING.

I’ve also started one for the book I’m working on (working title is The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy), and I'll probably do boards for all my books at some point. For me, it’s great visual of the imaginary world I live in for a good chunk of my day. For you, it’s a glimpse at some of my inspirations—and even gives hints of what the book’s about. Fun all around.

Is it a social tool? Sure. For example, I "follow" Leann's and Deb's boards. So when they posts their bookcovers, I can "repin" them to my "books by friends" board. Then everyone following me can see their book covers, too, and hopefully repin them to their book boards and so on and so on. And since my friends happen to be wildly creative, they might have other pins (quotes, recipes, quilt designs, bookcases, trinkets) that spark my interest, and I snag those for my boards, too. Lots of sharing going on (and on and on).

Is Pinterest for everyone? Probably not. But if you’re a knitter, you can pin pictures of yarns and projects that inspire you. If you’re gardener, you can pin flowers and garden designs and garden decor. If you plan to renovate your bathroom, you can pin design ideas. If you’re a baker, you’re going to be in heaven. So many images and recipes. If you're a reader, you can pin your favorite books. The list goes on and on.  It's the best thing about Pinterest--there's no end to the creativity.

So, go ahead and have fun pinning—if you do, holler and I’ll “follow” your boards! And you can follow mine by clicking here.

Happy pinning!
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