I love this quote from A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh.
To be honest, I pretty much love all the Pooh books. And to be even more honest, I didn’t read them until I was an adult. Like an adult, adult. Not a young adult.
We’re talking grown-children-almost-out-of-the-house adult.
Anyway, I fell in love with ’em. So when I jumped into Pinterest, I included a board of quotes and this quote was one of the first I pinned (on Book Stuff). And now, about once a week or so, handfuls of people will pin this quote onto their boards and I get all these emails telling me they pinned it or “favorited” it.
And I don’t know what to do. WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO DO WITH PINTEREST?
I have no idea. If you do, please pass it along. ‘Cause, so far, I’ve done nothing.
Well, except read my quote about a gazillion times. And that’s pretty okay with me.
I love Winnie the Pooh, too, but it’s been a long love affair for me. Do you know “The Little Prince”? That’s another great children’s book…but it’s really too deep for kids.
Pinterest? I just get on there and look at the cool crafts. I’m confused too when people say they like my pins or however it’s worded.
Sioux, yes, I do know THE LITTLE PRINCE–read that one a very long time ago, but at least I was old enough to get it. Unlike Pinterest…:-) (And yes, I have a craftsy board, too. I wonder if I’ll ever make any of those artsy-craftsy things…)
Cathy, as an illustrator, my uses for Pinterest will be rather different than yours, I think.
For a writer, it can be a great place to file quotes, but also links to writerly advice. I have boards for books I want to read or review. I have pins from my own site, of course, to occasioanally drive traffic my way.
Many writers pin photos of their characters, their clothing, and their world. Some writers and teachers use pins for writing prompts, inspiration, and random idea generators. I do plenty of research there. Sometimes historical pins lead me to non-fiction ideas and what-ifs. Occasionally, a pin will link you to a good source on the internet.
As far as connecting with others, meh. The most useful thing about likes and repins is they lead you to people with similar tastes. Other people do the work of finding good stuff, then all I have to do is repin their findings.
In short, Pinterest is my favorite addiction. Beware.
Two more words of advice. Create very specific boards right from the start. The most common mistake is starting too general, making it difficult to find pins you want. Put a few key words in your description, since you can now search by key word. (Yikes! That’s a long reply. ‘Looks like I should write a post of my own.)
Thanks for your consistently intriguing posts!
Such good ideas, Joanne–and see what you did there, saving me all the time of looking up Pinterest stuff. 🙂 (THANKS SO MUCH!!)
LOVE Pooh! “I don’t want to eat it. I just want to TASTE it!” is one heard in our home many times over the years. Always with the food in the Claro household. So many wonderful quotes, sweet and wise. Pinterest flummoxes me as well. But then I’m still trying to figure out the best use of Twitter.