It's a while since I mentioned Pinterest on the blog (I think!) so I thought I'd update my thoughts on using this platform. Unlike many other social media sites, Pinterest is mainly visual - and that's what appeals to me as I love looking at images, whether that's photos, film or TV. Although I have several boards, I could easily spend even longer on the site at times as it's so interesting.
Evidently, it's now becoming the third most popular site with authors, after Facebook and Twitter. It's a simple idea: once you've signed up, you create boards of images - as many as you like. These can be anything at all you have an interest in from writing and food to history, and everything in between. The idea is to follow other boards and hope that people follow you. Whenever you pin an image to your boards, it's shared on the main entry page where everyone logs in. You can also share your images to Facebook if you wish.
You can either upload your own images to your boards or re-pin from other boards, which is kind of the idea behind Pinterest. The most useful idea for authors is to create a board for each of your novels, using images that have something to do with the setting, theme or characters, or anything else you can think of. It's also excellent for creating a mood board for a work in progress as images are often the best inspiration. You can find my boards here, if you want to see what I mean.
Let me know if you're already on Pinterest and we can follow each other!