I am like the worst when it comes to Pinterest.
Actually, I’m not like the worst. I am the worst. But as I was checking the old inbox a second ago, I came across something from Pinterest along the lines of “Words of Wisdom.”
Now, I am a sucker for words of wisdom. I love words of wisdom. I have words of wisdom plastered on sticky notes and stuck all over my office. And on the walls of my bedroom (which is also the Beneficent Mr. Hall’s bedroom. So yeah, it’s becoming a bit of a problem). So of course, I had to take a few seconds to click on “Words of Wisdom.”
Know what I found? WRITING TIPS ON PINTEREST!!!
Thousands and thousands of writing tips. On Pinterest. That I could follow! And whenever a new tip (or words of writing wisdom) comes along–zip! It’s in the old inbox! (I found these stickers there–Printable Planner Stickers, and I thought, oh my word! STICKERS! For planning your writing week! Not to mention a couple pdf’s of writing freebies on the same website! Well, it was a veritable smorgasbord of writing words of wisdom, right?)
Anyway, now that I’m following this neat little Pinterest group, I’ll be in the know instantly! Or whenever I get around to checking my inbox stuff.
I’m sort of the worst when it comes to checking my inbox stuff.
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’m just going to start by saying I didn’t think I was the Pinterest type. You know–the artsy-craftsy, look-what-I-can-do-with-duct-tape-and-shiitake-mushrooms type.
To be honest, I wouldn’t know a shiitake from a Shia Labeouf. But I will, on occasion, do something craftsy. Not fancy craftsy, mind you. I like my crafts the way I like cooking: if it takes more than fifteen minutes, I’m probably going to pass.
But Pinterest is not just about crafts and recipes. I mean, there’s an awful lot of crafts and recipes there, but you’ll find other stuff that may inspire you in other ways. And for a writer, inspiration can be a very good thing.
So here’s a very simple primer for Pinterest from those keen folks at Mashable: Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network.
And notice that Pinterest is a social network. It can’t hurt to expand your social networks, if you’re a writer. That’s why I waded into Pinterest.
(It can hurt if you stay in those artsy-craftsy-social waters so long that you forget to write. I’m just sayin’.)
Whenever I go to writer’s conferences, an attendee will ALWAYS ask, “Do I need to have a blog?” and “Do I need to be on Facebook? Or Twitter?”
And the professional–editor, agent, publisher or author–will say, “It’s not absolutely necessary, but it’s a very good idea.”
That’s the short answer. The long answer is that first, what you write needs to be good. All the blogging and social media in the world is not going to make stinky writing smell nicer. But if you have sweet writing, then blogging and social media will give you a step up, will show professionals that you are a savvy writer as well as a good writer.
WOW!Women-on-writing’s issue this month is all about blogging and social media. What that means for you, dear writer, is a fun way to get all the info about this topic, whether you’re just getting started or you haven’t begun. Or even if you’ve been at it for a while and think you know everything (ahem) because now there’s Pinterest and really, shouldn’t you at least have an idea what that’s all about?
So. The next time you’re at a conference, you can sit there, nice and smugly and in the know and skip the lecture about “Why Blogging and Social Media Are a Good Idea.” Maybe you can pass notes to your friends instead (I recommend sitting on the back row).