So, Pinterest is pretty popular now, and you have to admit, fun. But it’s remarkable how many writers actually use this social media outlet to connect with readers. Is it worth the time? I’ve been on Pinterest for quite a while now, and building up a following is a S-L-O-W process. Using this outlet requires a great deal of time. The more pins you save, the more diverse your boards, the more people you’ll reel in.
Plus, readers love to connect with a favorite author any way they can. I know I always love seeing a story through the eyes of its writer, and what they save on Pinterest is a good way to see that.
But that’s the reader’s side of things. How about the writer’s?
We’re people, I think. We’re busy. So, is the time that it takes to build up a foundation on Pinterest actually worth it?
As I’ve yet to publish a novel, I can only speak on this topic from two standpoints – an aspiring writer, and a reader.
AS A READER . . .
I look for an author I like on Pinterest. I devour whatever it is they have to say about their work through what they pin. In addition, when I know somebody has a new book coming out, I’ll look for hints on that story’s Pinterest board. 🙂
AS A WRITER . . .
I love it. Pinterest enables me to organize my ideas, share them with others – or not, as I often start a board as a secret board – and collect bits of inspiration for my WIP. See, I’m weird about my characters. I can’t see them. So Pinterest helps me nail down in my own mind what my characters might look like. That’s a serious plus for me.
THOSE ARE THE PROS, AND THE CONS ARE . . .
It is time-consuming. You don’t have to have a ton of boards, but the ones you have should be filled in so a potential reader can stay a while to explore.
If you’re dedicating a lot of your account to writing, you may want to consider having boards like “Character Inspiration” or “Writing Inspiration” or “For Readers.” Stuff like that, as it could help to bring in more people.
So, basically, I have found Pinterest very helpful and a lot of fun. Please share your opinion and experiences with us! It would be a huge help for us newbies. 🙂
By the way . . . if you’re interested in my new WIP, hop on over to Pinterest. I’ve just published the previously secret storyboard for y’all! Check it out!
Let’s chat. Let me know your experiences with Pinterest. (And don’t forget to drop by the new storyboard.) 🙂