Pinterest Progress

I ‘m in love! Last week, that first crazy happy week, saw me dropping work on my novel over and over in favor of my new passion. This past weekend, I finally felt my Pinterest love pay off. I was able to take what I’d learned on the platform into real life. It was not the kind of real life reward I’d intended, but it felt good anyway. And something I already knew about myself (I am not great at selling books on my social media platforms) was reinforced.

While I worked on creating many new boards and pinning all kinds of things to them, I also either made old boards private, deleted them, or fixed them up. I’m still new to many of the available functions on Pinterest. I have a lot to learn, but I was able to do much with help from my Word Press coach, Barb. Among other things, Barb helped make my Pinterest page a verified business account. She’s a great teacher and fixer. (Find Barb at Bakerview Consulting.)

Many of my new boards relate to writing, I even put up a board that hosts links to this blog. I’ve wanted to do that since I stopped using Facebook, so it was particularly sweet. Then I did my passion project, the one that paid off in my personal, not professional, life. It’s called PURSES because my closet space needed reorganization and in particular I needed to store my purses in a visually nicer way. I like to be surrounded by practical harmony. My closet was not that. In particular my twenty purses needed to get off the floor and the haphazard pile on a shelf where I usually keep the purse currently in use.

It’s spring and I think I’m like many people who feel, at the start of this season, the urge to organize, clean and straighten. Usually closets are most in need, because it’s so easy to shove things in and shut the door so you do not have to see them. A few hours pinning organization ideas onto my PURSE board and I was fully motivated. I finished the actual project two hours later. I had not been able to part with even one purse, but I purged some sweaters and put other items back where they belonged. And I found a perfect and pretty way to store my purses.

The one thing I had not accomplished in my week of pinning and creating boards was giving each of my books it’s own board. With a buy link. I think I managed to do it with my most current release, but it’s not perfect and the other books still don’t have a proper board with a link. I am not good at selling or even giving away my books on social platforms. I already knew that and Pinterest only reinforced my disinclination to sell socially. On the plus side, I have some fun new boards, including the vision board I’m using to inspire me as I write my current novel-in-progress. Maybe the revision will go as smoothly and swiftly as the closet cleaning.

Interest in Pinterest

When I’m not working on my WIP, I have been playing on Pinterest. A few years ago, a PR person from the big city told me Pinterest is becoming a great sales channel for writers. I had a Pinterest account because now when you ask a friend for a recipe they say “It’s on my Pinterest!” Mostly that’s what I did there. Then just for the heck of it, I started doing a board for the book I was writing. Then I thought, oh, might as well put up a board with my book covers on it. That was simply vanity. No thought of selling books. Nary a link. My Pinterest account languished.

Then I quit Facebook. Facebook had been good for driving traffic to my blog. I began to think more about my other social media. Where else, besides Twitter, could I link to my blog? An author friend had recently started a Pinterest account specifically to use as a sales tool. I looked at her Pinterest and it was much prettier and more organized than mine. Maybe there was something to be said for Pinterest beyond recipes and home decor. And my old friend vanity kicked in. I didn’t like having such a messy Pinterst account. I immediately tried to clean things up.

Then I realized Pinterest was a bit trickier than I’d remembered. At least to make my page pretty, I might need some help. My favorite author of social media books does not have a book on Pinterest. I asked her why and she said because it changes too much. By the time you write the book and publish it, Pinterest is different. She suggested watching You Tube tutorials and reading blog posts from people who do Pinterest for Authors well. That sounds like a book title right? Pinterest for Authors. It should be a book! I did find one but it was two years old and I wondered if Pinterest had changed since then.

I’m still working on it. I’m going to probably spend hours today trying to make a board for blog posts and pin this one. That’s fine. It’s fun. Pinterest seems manageable. It seems not quite as hectic as other social media. It is just placidly there, waiting. And everyone does their pinning quietly in the background. If you know of any Pinterest for Authors experts or are one yourself, please send me links. What I’d really like is a book written this year called Pinterest for Authors. I will buy that book! I’m going to check Amazon. Maybe somebody published one last night.

My Interest In Pinterest

Started my Pinterest account and began pinning today. Am very sorry if I have somehow flooded all social media contacts with my bumbling attempts to get a few boards together. I have done a magazine and scissors version of this for years (also called vision boards or story collages) and hope I don’t lose the magic by going virtual. Because there is magic and I have proof. I won’t get into collating book ideas, but in my life, especially my home life, I have successfully pulled off many miracles.

It seems impossible but it’s true. Take stack of magazines (I am addicted to magazines) and tear out pages that call my name. Go through pages, deleting, trimming, matting on paper. Insert into portfolio. Look at every day and dream. Every page has a theme: the one that continues to amaze me now is the page I made for a new writing room.

It was everything my old writing room was not. On the main floor, full of sun light, no cat box smell, pretty bookshelves, organized desk, comfy seating. Well…that just about describes my writing room now. When I did that page I had NO inkling I’d ever get so close to the real thing. I still marvel. It happened with little to no effort on my part.

Same thing happened with a sumptuous living room page I did many years ago. This was when Al was still in his saving fury. Little by little I was able to put that room together. I had patience because I really never thought I’d have a room like that. But at least I could look at the pictures and imagine it.

Bit by bit, the magic began. I painted the walls myself. Talked Al into new carpet. Brought a sofa down from where it had been biding it’s time as a guest sofa bed, talked Al into a new chair, had my chair re-upholstered. All this took a few years, piece by piece.

I’d really forgotten the photo collage until I came across it one day and thought “Wow I just need a few things and it’s my dream room.” So I went back to work (I’d been off for five years writing, so it was time.) bought mocha colored silky embroidered sheers with awesome rods, a big square coffee table made from exotic burled wood, and a beautiful turquoise bowl. There was my room. Five years or so after I’d assembled it as a vision board page.

I’ve been wanting to try Pinterest forever. I just hope I’m not sorry. Just lost an hour trying to reset my password and finding and pinning images and then trying to unpin. How do you unpin? I have like three book covers of each of my books. It’s maddening. But in a fun way. So far.