Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Pinterest

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!

Rosemary

16 comments:

Becca McCallum said...

Followed as Becca McCallum AKA merlinfeather. I love pinterest, and probably spend far more time on it than I ought to...

Mary Smith said...

I've never yet joined Pinterest - it's been on my 'must-do' list for ages. It looks like fun, though I fear it may well become very time-consuming.

Patsy said...

It does sound quite interesting - but I really don't have the time to spend on another site.

Joanna said...

I love Pinterest and I love your boards, Rosemary.

I find it relaxing sometimes to take a few minutes away from the writing and spend time on researching images for my boards and it helps reconnect me with some of the themes in my novel. I hadn't thought about sharing on FB - that will be so useful when it come to promoting and spreading the word. xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Becca - now following you too!

It is fun, Mary - and you only spend as much time as you want on it.

I know what you mean, Patsy - but see Joanna's comment about it being relaxing!

Thanks, Joanna - I hope I'm already following your boards but will go and check. You're quite right - it can be very relaxing for the mind.

Angela Barton said...

I love the idea of choosing photographs or pictures that represent the book we're writing. I feel a new Pinterest-interest coming on!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's good fun, Ange! Thanks for your comment.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's good fun, Ange! Thanks for your comment.

Teresa Ashby said...

I joined Pinterest, but I don't really understand how it works and I deactivated my account. Maybe I'll try again when I'm feeling a bit braver xx

Wendy's Writing said...

I'm with Patsy - I just don't think I can devote any more time to a different social media, especially one that would take time to work out. I like the idea of it though.

Rena George said...

I agree with Teresa. I just can't make head nor tail of Pininterest. Don't think I'll be signing up any time soon, Rosemary. Sorry.

Nicola said...

I'll keep that in mind, Rosemary. Thank you for the information. Wishing you a lovely week and a Happy World Book Day!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

It's fun when you get into it, Teresa!

I only use it now and then, Wendy, and it's completely different from interacting with people all the time.

Not to worry, Rena, it won't appeal to everyone!

Thanks, Nicola - hope you're having a good weekend!

Anita Chapman said...

I love Pinterest Rosemary, but haven't added anything new for a while and must spend some time on it. I have a board for each novel and sometimes when I'm stuck, I play around with adding new photos for the board to help with inspiration. I like your Regency Period board Rosemary!
I'm here: https://www.pinterest.com/neetswriter/followers/

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