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Friday, June 15, 2012

A Writer’s Intro to


Everyone at RT was talking about it. Half your friends are using it. So, by now you’ve heard of it and the thought probably ran through your head, not another social media I have to use. That’s right, I’m talking about Pinterest.

So What is Pinterest, Anyway? 

Simply put, Pinterest is a site that lets you create virtual corkboards of images you find on the web. Just like corkboards in real life, you create boards, that you organize and theme however you want, and save images to them by pinning them. Except now there’s no cutting out of magazines or printing, and they don’t take up space in your office. The beauty of Pinterest is every time you pin an image to one of your boards you’re not just getting the image, but a link back to the original website.


 You can pin anything you want to a Pinterest board. Right now I have boards for inspirational images, beautifully designed offices, quotes, recipes, clothes, shoes, cute animals, hot guys, cocktails, DIYs, and other things. Anything that catches my eye on the Internet, or that I may want to go back to, I pin.

Aside from pinning your own content, you can follow other people’s boards and see what they’re pinning. You can also re-pin items from other people’s boards to your own boards. It’s a great sharing tool. Sounds fun, right?

Why Should a Writer Care? 

It does sound like a great time. It also sounds like a giant time suck if you’re not careful, and writers have enough of those as it is. However, as a writer, especially a romance writer, you really can’t afford not to be on Pinterest.

Okay, here’s the mathy part. Pinterest is the 24th largest site in the US. It’s had over 17 million unique hits this year. Here’s a handy little infographic to break down user demographics.

Do you see what I see? Its users are 80% female. That’s right, 80%. Look at the ages of users. As romance writers, that is your demographic, your readership. Those are the women buying your books.
You want to reach them, connect with them, inspire them, and most of all get them to buy your books.

Pinterest also drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Linked In, Reddit, and Google+ combined. In fact, it’s equal to Twitter as far as word-of-mouth goes. Having a Pinterest account can mean more people will find your site and that is never a bad thing.

How Can Writers Use Pinterest? 

Aside from archiving recipes you’re never going to make (like me) and shoes you can’t afford to buy (guilty again), there are a bunch of way writers can use Pinterest. Even as a branding tool. I know, branding, ugh, but with Pinterest it doesn’t have to be overt, or even work.

It doesn’t have to be a tool just for connecting to reader, it can also be used for any pre-writing work you like to do. Want to inspire yourself, make a collage, world build, or get to know your characters? You can use Pinterest for that too.

Here are a few ideas just for writers:
 • Inspirational Collages - Make a collection of images that inspire you to write, for when you need that little push to get going.
• Book Boards - Create a board that reflects the story you’re writing. Settings, clothing, characters, music using YouTube videos, anything that connects you and your reader to the world.
 • Character Boards - Design a board all around a character from your WIP. Their home, car, dog, style, and photos of models or celebrities that resemble them.
• Writing Articles and Blogs - Build a board that archives writing blogs you like or articles you’d like to read again.
• Book Covers - Put together a board of the covers of books you like or one of books you’ve written. 

Your readers want to know about you as well as your books. That’s why they follow you on Facebook and twitter. Any personal boards you make (like recipes and shoes) will let them connect with you in a new way.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Pinterest, request an invitation, and get started! Here’s my pinterest account if you just want to look around: http://pinterest.com/kayleer/. Don’t forget to link your Pinterest account to your blog and website so people can follow you!

Bio:

A writer from a young age, Kaylee finished her first ‘book’ in the second grade. She continued to write stories and devourer books all through her childhood. Originally from the mid-west, she has travel all over the world and is happy to now call Raleigh home.

She currently writes books about Superheroes, Super Villains, and the normal people who have to put up with all that property damage. She spends her days writing and her evenings as a full time bartender, where she people watches to her heart’s content and finds plenty of characters for her stories.

Find her on the web at http://intrepidgirlwriter.wordpress.com/ or on twitter at https://twitter.com/KayleeRuddle.

Kaylee will be around today to answer any questions you might have on Pinterest, so ask away!

24 comments:

  1. Welcome to Lady Scribes, Kaylee! So glad to see you here!

    I love the idea of Pinterest. I've just been so swamped I don't have time for my normal time sucks! I will get over there eventually, though!

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    1. Hey Deb! I'm glad to be here today. I think for a lot of writers Pinterest is more of an extra. Still, it makes great connections!

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  2. Hi Kaylee! Thank you for coming by Lady Scribes today. How do you find time to balance your social media presence with your writing time? I find that I often get too caught up in FB, Twitter, and Pintrest and that it cuts into my daily scheduled writing time.

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    1. I don't know how Kaylee does it, Lily, but here's what I do. I discovered my best writing time (late morning through the entire afternoon). Once I knew that, I knew that the early part of the mornings would not be a good time for me to try to write. Instead, I schedule that time for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, reading and responding to blogs, and other things that are not specifically writing. If I meet my writing goals, then I might allow myself a little more time doing that sort of thing...but at least that way everything is already scheduled into the day. :)

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    2. Hi Lily, thanks for having me! I love my social media, but it can be a time suck if your not careful. I've found that having a scheduled writing time, like Catherine, and not looking at social media works well.

      I use a few tricks, like twitter can only be checked from my phone and facebook only once a day in the evenings.

      I've also found that using a timer works well for me. I have trouble writing for long stretches, so I take little mini-breaks where I scan through pinterest, facebook, or twitter for 10 to 15 minutes. Hope that helps!

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  3. Kaylee, welcome to Lady Scribes!

    What a timely blog for me. Now that I've met my deadline, one of my goals for the summer is to figure out how to use Pinterest. This is very helpful info. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Samantha! Pinterest is pretty simple once you get going and its great for visual people. Have fun!

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  4. Yay Kaylee! So happy your blogging with us today. Thanks for sharing those facts about Pinterest.

    I love Pinterest, but have yet to really use it as an author. I did, however, create a board for the series I'm working on. I need to jump on it this weekend.

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    1. Hey Marquita! I love Pinterest too. ;) I tend to use it mostly for window shopping without driving anywhere. I love my inspiring images board. Sometimes, an image just sparks a story!

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  5. You're so right. EVERYONE was talking about it at RT. And the key thing that convinced me to dive in and start a Pinterest board, despite the fact that it is yet another social media platform that will eat up my time, was the demographics of Pinterest users. *sigh*

    I know plenty of authors who swear they will never delve into this. I think they're missing the boat. Oh well. Maybe they'll see your blog and discover why they ought to put in the (VERY MINIMAL) time it takes to get started.

    Thanks for joining us today!

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    1. Thanks Catherine! I'm glad I could shed a little light. :) I like the idea of Pinterest as a visual aid to books, almost like illustrations. It's another way to keep people connected.

      And those demographics don't lie. I've been on Pinterest since the beginning and I can say, it has exploded in the last 6 months. I'm happy to see writers embracing it! It's a fun tool.

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  6. I surrendered to the call of Pinterest. I don't have many boards yet. I set one up for my current wip and then I setup some boards for books I'll be reading and books I'll be checking out eventually. I figure I can advertise friends at the same time :)

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    1. Hey Beth! I think I have too many boards. Those are great uses for Pinterest! I love the idea of promoting friends! It's a great way to help the whole community!

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  7. I have a Pinterest, though I must admit not going very often. And even worse, I realized after reading your post that I haven't listed it on my website and never list it on my blog posts. Dummy me! Thanks for the tips and welcome to Lady Scribes!! :D

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    1. You don't have to post a whole lot as long as you link it when you do! Have fun and thanks!

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  8. I've gone as far as to start on Pinetrest (and took images from Jerrica's boards - lol) but I wasn't sure what to do with it after that. I basically wasn't getting it - lol. I needed this blog post and I think I will play around with mine this weekend and see if I can't set something up that works for me. Love the idea of character / book boards. That is something I could really get into.

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    1. Pinterest can really be a window into creativity. I've gotten some insight into my characters just by 'window shopping' for them. Have fun playing!

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  9. I have a few boards. But I feel completely inept there. I think it's because I'm always in the 19th Century in my mind - and having to work with 21st Century technology messes with my mind. ;) I need a Pinterest tutor!

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    1. Any time you need help just let me know! We'll get coffee. ;)

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  10. Hi Kaylee! Girl, you know how very well I waste my time on Pinterest. There are no inspirational collages, book or character boards for me. No ma'am, I focus on fattening recipes, snark and magically delicious hot men. And I'm totally okay with this. ;}

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    1. Hey Andris! I follow you on Pinterest and I love your snark. ;) I have 3 boards devoted to fattening recipes and another to cocktails. And I'm okay with that too.

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  11. Hi Kaylee! Welcome to LS! I am OBSESSED with Pinterest! I discovered it in January and I get the shakes if I go a day without at least checking in for a few minutes. I have a writing inspiration board and a board for my books, but mostly I'm like Andris. Recipes and snarky cards are my favorites, but mostly I just love looking at beautiful pictures of beautiful things. It makes me happy and inspires joy in my daily life :)

    -Jerrica

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    1. Hi Jerrica! I check Pinterest pretty much every day too. I have the app for my phone, so even if I'm not at my computer, I can still look. I love having a couple of boards that are solely there to make me smile or inspire me. It why I got on Pinterest to begin with. Happy pinning!

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  12. Sigh - I am still waiting on a response to my invitation request. I guess I should have asked a friend on Twitter to send me one instead.

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