All right, I confess, I’m addicted to Pinterest! I say it without shame because I happen to find the online pinning board fun and inspiring. Sure, it started out as me thinking ‘well, I have to do this because it’s another way to connect with readers’. But it’s become more than that. It’s simply a fun place to spend a little time. Every. Day. Addicted, remember?
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve all at least seen the sight, or clicked on a link that took you to a Pinterest board. I do have boards that I consider ‘promotional’. I’ve created a board for each of my heroine and hero couples. I know that sometimes readers like to see images that inspired stories, so this is a perfect way to do that. And, I keep a collection of ‘Heroes’ and ‘Heroines’ and if I’m starting a new story, I just head there to browse and see if an image catches my eye. I even sometimes have the browser open to the new page I’ve started that collects pictures while I’m writing the story. The last few stories I’ve worked on? Totally inspired by the pics I’ve collected on Pinterest. It’s a lot less cluttery than have pictures spread all over my desk, that’s for sure.
But most important are the boards I pin for fun. I am visually inspired. So I love to collect pictures that are bright, make me think, or make me laugh. I have found numerous excellent recipes to try, and more than a few fun gardening tips that I can’t wait to test come spring. Erm, yep, I’ve actually clicked on pics of pretty, shiny things and ordered them, because… Because I just did, okay? And I browse like-minded souls’ boards to see what they find fascinating. It’s a great way to spend ten minutes in the morning, perhaps on lunch break, and again at night. Don’t worry, I’m not there all day. I DO sit before the computer monitor all day, so any time not spent writing, I try very hard to make it AWAY from the computer. But again, I think I’m a little addicted.
So I want to hear about the sites/places online that attract your attention? What are your guilty pleasures online addictions?
Michele, whose Pinterest boards are here: http://pinterest.com/toastfaery/