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!


Katreader said...

I am so addicted to Pinterest. Yes, addicted. I just discovered it about a week ago and am only just starting out-but I love every minute I "waste" there. I pin a lot of recipes...a lot! I'm thinking of dividing it up. Like you, I have a cute critters board. I love your otter board-I love them too. I just began following you-I find it hard to find people at times. My boards are at :

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, now why did you tell me about this? As if I don't have enough distractions! It looks very cool, and I can see it being a very useful tool for my writing (that will be my excuse when I get into it).
Thanks for the info (and I love your boards).

Deb said...

Kat I found you and am following. You have amazing boards!

Booklady said...

I love Pinterest. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I used to cut pictures of things I wanted out of magazines and catalogs and past them into a notebook. At least now I'm not harming trees.

It's also a good way to keep track of crafty ideas you want to try out. But it is a time drain - though if you are like me and tend to multitask - you can have several time drains going at a time. :)

Beverly aka Booklady

Aurian said...

Lol, so glad I am totally not creative. I spend already too much of my reading time on the internet, blogging and twittering and emailing etc.

Kristin said...

You jumped on the bandwagon! You will have fun for sure! Thank you for sharing the link to your boards. So much fun seeing your pins for It Takes A Witch. Seeing the boards for your upcoming Wishcraft books is a fun little tease. Thanks for sharing!

Diane P said...

I love Pinterest. I keep adding boards-is this addicting or what???

Heather Blake Webber said...

It's so addicting! I love seeing everyone else's boards, too. Another way of getting to know all of you. :)

Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I am obsessed with Pinterest! I haven't been on for a little while because we just moved, but I'm sure once I'm unpacked I'll be back to my pinterest ways. Can't wait to see your boards!

Elizabeth said...
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Elizabeth said...

Saw this article on MSN about Pinterest and deleted everything I had pinned yesterday, my boards, and tried to deactivate my account (not sure if that worked or not). I don't want to take any chances with the legalities.

Susan L. said...

I'm not only obsessed with Pinterest, I am obsessed with repinning. I tend to get bogged down in the food and drink categories.