I am not addicted to Pinterest.
Say it with me: I am not…
Okay, who am I kidding? I’m totally addicted to Pinterest. But at least I can write off that time and energy as being work. In fact, Pinterest is quickly growing as a social media form, which means that it could become an important element of any writer or artist online portfolio.
BookLifeNow, a great site for writing and art information, recently invited me to write about using Pinterest as a writer — you can check out the article, Nailing It: Using Pinterest as a Writer here. It’s got lots of great tips about inspiration, collaboration, promotion, and the pitfalls of Pinterest.
Even before I became a published writer, I knew I needed a writer’s website. So I set out and learned how to build one. I used Homestead (which should tell you how long ago this was) and I taught myself HTML and frames. It was blue and full of text and ugly as sin (I wish I still had a screenshot of it, to be honest), but it was mine and I was very proud of it.
I rebuilt my site with wordpress a few years ago (you can still see it here). Before I started that site, I did a ton of research on writer’s websites to figure out what I should include and I did a lot of thinking about my writer’s brand. The site I ended up with was golden with hints of red, and focused on my erotica, which I was writing a lot of at the time.
As my career continued to grow into other areas, the site grew with me. But at some point, I began struggling to include and showcase all of the elements of my writing. My writer’s brand was changing, and I knew that I needed a different color scheme, and a different way of organizing the many aspects of my writing career.