Thursday, April 26, 2012

Talk about your pinning habit... win some books!

About three weeks ago I took the plunge and signed up for Pinterest. The original idea -- my "motivation", if you will -- was to use these boards as part of my platform to promote my writing; to show a personal side of me to the readers of my reviews and interviews... and to the future readers of my novels.

That was the plan. Unfortunately, Pinterest turned out to be a whole lot of time-eating fun. Sure, I have a couple of boards dedicated to my writing, such as "Authors I've Interviewed" and "WIP Inspiration" but I've got a whole lot more dedicated to home decorating, humor, recipes and DIY. Feel free to go on over and have a look around at MY BOARDS, but I do warn you: once the pinning bug hits you, it's pretty doggone addictive!

I've decided that I must, in the interest of actually WRITING, declare "pin free days" and severely limit my board perusing in order to avoid the time-sucking phenomenon that is Pinterest. Since I have a novella to revise, 3 books to read and review and 2 interviews to complete before May 5th, a blog that I've been neglecting (sorry!) and a family and home to care for... oh, and a job... it is necessary for me to set some limits concerning the magic red P button.

So... I'm interested to know how many of you have been bitten by the pinning bug? For what purpose do you use Pinterest and... what strategies do you employ to guard your time so you are available for more important things? Things like reading.

Leave your comments and email addy below in spam-free lingo (such as doe dot jane at jmail dot com) and on May 8th I will draw a name to receive a special prize package of 3, yes,THREE recently released novels including: The Irish Healer by Nancy Herriman, Downfall by Terri Blackstock, and Tracey Bateman's May 8 release The Widow of Saunders Creek.

Good luck! And may your addiction to pinning not interfere with your addiction to reading, because books are where it's at!

Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. I've been on pinterest for a while, but haven't used it as much lately for whatever reason. I go through spurts. I like to use it to put recipes and craft ideas which I've done a few of. I also put future ideas like what I want in a future home and cute stuff for future kids. I'm definitely following your boards now.


  2. I agree Pinterest is so addicting, but fun. I try to limit my time on it to 15 minutes, otherwise an hour can go by before you know it!
    I use it for gardening ideas, to share good books and music and just beautiful places I'd like to visit or see. I'm following yours now too. :)

  3. I signed up for Pinterest, but I have to admit I haven't been bitten by the bug yet. But hearing so much about it...I'm probably in danger.


  4. Facebook was having a slow kind of week, so off to Pinterest I went. Of course by nature it's terribly addicting! I use it for pure enjoyment, daydreaming of ideas, and occasionally a practical idea that I put to good use! Reading v contest! The book wins every time!

  5. I can see where it could become addictive, that's for sure. So far I haven't spent too much time at it though

  6. My name is Renee, and I was bitten by the Pinterest bug . . . But there's hope--I found that after a few weeks, I wasn't tempted to be on there all the time. In limited doses, Pinterest is my happy place. I have found some great recipes (that I actually made) and quotes to use on FB and Twitter. A few of my boards I use for research. I love seeing the pics of old TV shows and great movies.

    In order not to see all kinds of stuff I'm not interested in, I typically don't "follow all." I just follow several boards of any particular person. I like that Pinterest shows me what books, TV, and movies folks are responding to. I see what blogs they like and glimpses of their wishes and dreams. For example, I found you on Pinterest and saw that you put Dan Walsh under "Things that make me laugh" . . . That made me wonder . . . :)

    Please include me in the giveaway, and thanks for the generous offer. reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  7. I visit Pinterest frequently...and am captivated w/ this site.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Serena :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  8. I decided a while back that I couldn't even try Pinterest because I am on the computer way too long as it is. I didn't need another addiction!

    Julie@My Favorite Pastime

  9. Renee! Thanks for catching my giant OOOPS! on my "Things that make me laugh" board! Dan Walsh was NOT supposed to land there -- he was supposed to be on my "authors I've interviewed" board. Whooooops! Dan is a fantastic, talented author (my review of his wonderful, touching, romantic novel, The Discovery, is coming soon!) and I did NOT mean to misrepresent him by putting him on that board. Thanks for drawing that to my attention, Renee! -- I went in and fixed it this morning.

    *Note to self: when using the pin it button, make sure you check that you're sending the picture to the correct board!*

    Thanks, Renee! And thanks everyone for commenting. Stay tuned for the giveaway May 8!

  10. I adore Pinterest! I definitely have to limit my time, though, or I will spend way too much on it. I do find pinning an excellent 'reward' when I've finished some big project. I am not a home improver or a crafter, so I primarily pin bookish photos, book quotes, inspiring quotes, and gorgeous dresses :)

    Thanks for hosting such a neat giveaway! kathryn.clewell[at]gmail[dot]com

  11. Pinterest is so addictive that I no longer go on. Between the blogs I follow, FB and my life I don't have time to read so I no longer ck out pinterest. Reading is very important to me (I have been reading over 60 yrs) and I can't imagine not reading. I have written a few reviews and have more I want to write so something had to give. lol

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  12. I have never done Pinterest (nor FB)......I love to read so that plus following some blogs, takes up my time! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  13. I was bit pretty hard by the Pinterest bug when I first signed up. I don't get on very much at all lately. After I heard about all the copyright issues and the possibility I could get sued, I stepped away. :P It really is an awesome site if they could get all the copyright issues worked out.

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

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  15. I am a "pinterest addict"! I love this website. I use it to look for ideas for crafting, jewelry, outdoor designs, recipes, etc...and just for fun! I must admit sometimes I get way too caught up in it and don't get to things in the house like I should...but it's just such a great site! But yes, I do still take time to read! Always.
    lgm52 at hotmail dot com

  16. I am not yet a member on Pinterest, but I have found a lot of great recipes and craft ideas by clicking through "pins" listed on various blogs that come through my email. I think Pinterest is a great idea but I agree with Julie up there that I spend way too much time on the computer as it is! :)

    andrea2russia at hotmail dot com

  17. I'm not a member of Pinterest. I'm not crafty at all and really haven't seen the need to add this to my internet searches. Maybe one day...who knows?

    psagens at gmail dot com

  18. Yes I'm guilty as charged. I pretty much only use the internet for book related things blogs,book clubs etc and decided pinning would be fun which it definitely is. I do have a few book boards but have others as well. I've set up a board for each of my kids and they love pinning their favorites stuff on there too.


  19. I've been bitten by the Pinterest bug too. I use it to promote blog posts and also to keep track of movies/TV/books I like. I probably use it the most for pinning style ideas. It doesn't chew up a whole lot of my time (it did at first), but I can see how addictive it can be!

    kate [at] parchmentgirl [dot] com

  20. The Pinterest bug bit me long ago, and my fascination with it early on was gi-normous! I've slacked off a lot since then, and usually visit over there once or twice per week. I've used it a little to promote some reviews for 5-star reads, southern books, and sassy books, but I love my boards filled with quotes and recipes, too. :o)

    1. Oops...forgot the email addy...

      southernsassythings at gmail dot com


  21. I have never visited Pinterest, but since it sounds addictive I'm afraid, and yet curious, about what will happen if I check it out. Maybe spend less time on facebook?!

    jamesmel2 at hotmail dot com

  22. And the winner is... Renee! I'll be emailing you to get your mailing info in just a sec!

    Thanks to everyone for sharing about your addiction, er, use of, Pinterest with me! Hope your "pin it" button finds our cute little Edgy Inspirational Romance button to put on one of your favorite boards!


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