Pinterest, Pinterest for writers, Social Media platform, storyboards, using social media, vision boards

Back to the Future with Pinterest

Are we going back to the future with Pinterest? 

It was in the early 2000’s when I first heard of vision boards and the ‘law of attraction.’ This was popularized in The Secret and then on Oprah.  A vision board is a visual representation of things you want to have, be or do in your life. People assembled photos, torn magazine pictures, drawings, and wrote inspirational words that represented their wishes or intentions. By selecting, pasting, and posting the vision board the creator would charge their emotions with feelings of passion and begin to manifest those things into their life. At least that was the theory behind it. 

I must confess, I created two vision boards. One on journal pages in 2004 and another on my bulletin board in 2008 when I decided to stop bullshitting around and write. My laptop sits on the desk beneath the board. 

This is what you’d see on my bulletin board:

An orange sticker: “I am a Writer” and a green one “Keep Going.”
A fortune cookie reading: “Your talents will be suitably recognized and rewarded.”
The Costa Rican Blue Morpho Butterfly. To the Costa Ricans it represents peace and love.

There are also postcards from Barcelona, depicting the distinctive architecture of  Guadi, the Manhattan skyline, Napa vineyards, the arch of Los Cabos, and a rainbow of hot air balloons in flight. Photos of my 19 year old as a 6 year old, my daughter at her prom, and an article on my oldest for a DJ magazine are also up there. 

A museum brochure with the blue figure of a woman titled “Puberty,” by Nicaraguan painter Omar d’ Leon graces the board along with a blue bodied mermaid with an iridescent green tail and cascading black wavy hair. 

Several index cards with my 2012 intention ‘Create,’ is smack in the middle with various cards titled “What does the character think, feel, need, discover, fear, presume? Show it.” And “Scene” cards on the four corners. 

To round out the pinned menagerie are scripture cards: “I can do all things…(Phil.4:13),” “Cast all your anxieties…(1 Peter 5:7),” and “Trust in the Lord with all your heart…(Proverbs 3:5-6). 

There are many things you can decipher from my board besides a love of the color blue.  

But back to the original question: Are we going back to the future with Pinterest?

For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, Pinterest launched in 2010 and has recently rocket boosted and propelled itself into the social media scene.In December 2011 it rose into the realm of the top 10 social networks with 11 million visits per week. This article describes why it will be the leading social network. 

Users create theme based boards with images they ‘pin’ to their virtual board. For example, the fashionistas create ‘Spring 12’ boards or ‘Trending Accessories,” boards. 

Yes, the board lover that I am dipped a toe into Pinterest. My boards center around my love of books, writing, arts, and travel. They provide a way to have beautiful and inspirational photos all in one place. 

Besides the esoteric, the boards are becoming a way to track one’s writing: i.e. Storyboards. They can give a visual about your work in progress, brand your author name, and illustrate who you are through the things you love. And you’re able to see other gorgeous boards and ‘repin’ their photos on to your own. 

So yes, it is a ‘back to the future’ for vision boards. And that is not a bad thing. Saves paper and space. 
Have you joined Pinterest yet? If so share your link to your board if you’re so inclined. You can see mine by following the red link at the top.
Ojai Wordfest, using social media, writing conferences

On the road to Ojai Wordfest-Part 1

     What a gorgeous day to take a ride to Ojai, CA. After the rains, the hills are a deeper green, the ocean a bluer blue, and the fresh snow on the Topa Topa mountains a whiter white. I’m on my way to three free, or almost free, Ojai Wordfest workshops. 

     This is day 4 of a 9 day Wordfest throughout various places in Ojai. Writers could begin their day at breakfast writes at 8:00 a.m, but my day begins at 11:00 a.m at the Ojai Roasting Co. Cafe for a “Coffee Shop Talk,” with Jodi Womack of  “Communicating in the Digital Age,” was her topic. Okay, so the over 40 crowd has to attend a discussion on this topic, we don’t absorb this stuff through osmosis like our kids. In attendance was an artist, non-profit, small business owners, and me (the fledging writer) who wants to be in the know.

     After a discussion of the various social networking sites (FB, Twitter, Linkedin, and four more) Ms. Womack talked about ‘customer relationship management.’ What’s that you say, come again? It’s a business term, and  in digital media there is an app for that, of course, why wouldn’t there be? is a social media dashboard, which updates multiple networks in one step, including FB, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress and Ping. It helps organizations use the social web to launch marketing, identify and grow audiences, and connect across multiple channelsWhy would we do that? If you have three social network sites that you post to, you write your post and click once to distribute to all three, or five, or seven.

      The use of YouTube and it’s place in communicating in the digital age (I’d suggest that even stupid video’s are communication) was discussed. Authors, poets could use and are using YouTube to reach out and draw in listeners and potential purchasers. How well this works I don’t know, but it’s there to utilize. 

     So now it’s onto the next talk, “Simple Steps to Successful Authorship,” at the Ojai Library where I’m writing this blog. I’ll post on that tomorrow, maybe tonight if I don’t have too much wine at the 6:30 p.m. talk (at a wine tasting room, $5 for wine tasting and hor d’oeuvres) titled ” Working with the Media: Getting Free Publicity for your Writing.”

     I promise that my free publicity will not involve drinking.