Using Pinterest For Your Freelance Writing Business

by Alicia Sparks on February 21, 2012

Stick it! Heh, heh.

So, are you using Pinterest yet?

For your freelance writing business, I mean?

I’ll admit I’m not, but that’s only because I didn’t think Pinterest offered any benefits to writers.

Frankly, I thought Pinterest was a cutesy form of social media that I would so totally get into and waste a million hours using…

…just as soon as I found a free minute to sign up.

Boy, was I wrong.

  • Pinterest Secrets For Writers: About.com’s Allena Tapia shares 10 (quite different) ways writers can use Pinterest.
  • Pinterest Tips For Writers: Similarly, GalleyCat’s Jason Boog lists five ways writers can use Pinterest – only he focuses more on novelists than freelance writers.
  • Pinterest For Writers: Writer Sara Toole Miller shares the pinboards she’s created related to writing and editing.
  • The Writer’s Guide To Pinterest: Susan Johnson over at the Ebyline Blog lists several ways writers can use Pinterest, from crowdsourcing ideas to building a platform – complete with current user experiences.
  • 3 Ways Authors Can Use Pinterest Guilt Free: Author Media’s Caitlin Muir explains three ways authors can use Pinterest for inspiration, traffic, and character development, but I feel some of her information applies to freelance writers, too.
  • Visualizing With Pinterest: Pubmission’s Wolf Hoelscher offers a Wednesday Writing Exercise for authors to revisit scenes they’ve already written and apply Pinerest to add depth and clarity to those scenes. Could copywriters use Pinterest in the same way? I think so.
  • Pinterest And Your Website Content: Erika Napoletano explains how Pinterest can drive more traffic than YouTube, Google+, and LinkedIn combined – and why this is important to your business.
  • 5 Ways Brands Can Leverage Pinterest Now: TechCrunch oulines five ways businesses can use Pinterest to boost brand visibility and connect with customers and potential customers.
  • 56 Ways To Market Your Business On Pinterest: WHOOOOAAAAAA Copyblogger. You always go above and beyond, and I love you.
  • Pinterest For Business? Only If You Love Pinning: Finally, Sarah Prout reminds us that, in the end, Pinterest is only useful for business purposes – including freelance business purposes – if we align it with our brands.

So, how about you, writers? Are you using or considering using Pinterest in your freelance writing business? If so, how? If not, why?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Sara February 21, 2012 at 9:55 am

Thanks for the link, Alicia. Glad to hear you’ve joined the Pinterest ranks. It’s a great place to store those visual images that mean so much to your writing.

Alicia Sparks February 21, 2012 at 10:38 am

@ Sara – You’re welcome! I haven’t signed up yet, but I plan to, soon. Your examples gave me some great visuals about ways we writers can use it, so really, thank YOU. :)

Brandi February 21, 2012 at 4:14 pm

I’m a big Pinterest fan and am thrilled that it can be used for more practical purposes, not just for dreaming the day away. I’m excited to read the links. Thanks Alicia!

Alicia Sparks February 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm

@ Brandi – You’re welcome, & I hope they help some! Be sure to let me know how/if you end up using it in a writerly fashion, teehee :)

Caitlin February 22, 2012 at 11:13 am

Thanks for the shout-out, Alicia! Happy pinnings! :)

Alicia Sparks February 22, 2012 at 12:09 pm

@ Caitlin – You’re welcome! It was a great article, & I’m happy to share it (not to mention stumble across it for myself, ha!). :)

Tania Dakka February 23, 2012 at 7:28 am

Love the links! Great post:) Interesting tidbit: came across one of Copyblogger’s post this week and saw they have 1000 Pins of the post and only 390 Fb Shares….hm. Sounds like a storm brewing, eh?? I had problems with my Pinterest account…hoping to get those fixed! I didn’t even get to pin anything yet! LOL Thanks for the post links!!

Alicia Sparks February 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

@ Tania – That *is* interesting. See, I didn’t even know there was a “pin” option (shows how far behind I still am when it comes to Pinterest!). So, people are “pinning” articles, blog posts, etc.? Hmm… I’ll have to file that away for future pondering.

I hope your account gets straightened out. Be sure to share your info with me once you get to start using it!

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