The first time I heard of Pinterest, one of my girls (grafted into our hearts from youth church) was sitting at the kitchen island “pinning” for well over an hour.
“What is it?” I asked.
As one who kept up with technology and social media — I was on MySpace in the early days — I’d never heard of Pinterest. And frankly, I didn’t want to.
It was the summer of 2011 and after being on social media for over six years, I couldn’t fathom tackling one more “hot new spot” where I had to follow and be followed.
Where a number told me how well I was liked or not so liked. I didn’t want to ranked. Or “pinned” for that matter.
Okay, I did want to be pinned. Once. In college. When I was in a sorority and some cute fraternity man would give me his pin in front of his brothers and my sisters.
Did it matter I didn’t have a boyfriend let alone a fraternity boyfriend?
Nope… I’m a writer. And I have access to my own alternate reality.
Anyway, I started hearing authors and publicist talk about Pinterest as a way to promote fiction.
“Huh? You’ve got to be kidding me?!”
I can’t. I can’t do it. I can’t follow one more social media fad. (Run screaming from the room.)
When I started seeing pins from a friend on Facebook, I hopped over to Pinterest, just to check it out.
Immediately, I came across some amazing images. Beautiful scenery.
I became, pinterested, I guess.
But it was just for me. I wasn’t going to make it an author hang out.
I wasn’t going to go after followers or count how many were following me.
I saw Pinterest as a place for artist types and scrapbookers.
But then well, I had the idea to create a visual collage for The Wedding Dress.
Wouldn’t it be cool if readers could see the pictures I used while writing the book?
So I started pinning book images.
Next, I created one for Once Upon A Prince. And now I have one for Princess Ever After.
My sister-in-law finds most of her recipes on Pinterest.
So, I admit, I see the value. I like it.
But so far, it’s not a major hangout for me.
Pinterest has the potential to be a big time waster. And I got enough of that going on.
But, if you’re pinterested in my Pinterest, stop by.