Thursday, June 6, 2013

Pinterest, Wordle, Snipping Tool--What's next?




Okay, my head is spinning today. I've been on Pinterest (yeah, you know what happens when you are 'just going to take a peek' at the new pins posted) and I'm sure I pinned about 1,000,000  10000  1000 well, maybe at least 100 new pins. 

I ended up doing some house cleaning maintenance on my boards (my house should be so lucky) by sorting, rearranging and emphasizing certain pins--sounds like a yoga workout (I'd be thin as a rail if it was). 

But by doing that, I thought about how to use Pinterest more effectively for promotion for my upcoming novel coming out at the end of June. I got more specific with my Pins by writing a little bit on each one about how it represents part of my novel. I have one Board dedicated to my present novel and one for my in-progress novel (haven't gotten as detailed on that one yet).

If I was going to make a motion picture of my novel, this would be my story board. Who would play the characters? What are some of the interesting elements in the story? Maybe include some food and things that a browser might be tantalized enough by to cause them to check out my book.

This post was instigated by inspired by my WANA buddies for #wanafriday. Do a Wordle they said. What the @#&% is a Wordle, I yelled at the computer. Now I have to learn something else new!--when I'm in the middle of expecting company (and I have not given my house the attention given to my Pinterest boards) and have so many other problems? (my website is acting like a jumpy rabbit that I can never tell if my book page will be there or jump into oblivion the next time I try to fix something)

Well, long story short. Wordle is mixer. It mixes up words you input. The above picture is a wordle from my website blurb of my upcoming novel--you can decide if it is a good representation.

Not only did I do the Wordle, I had to figure out how to transfer it to this post. ($#&%$$) But after some head banging checking in at Facebook where our Friday theme was posted, I got help from other WANAs who are more tech savvy. You use a Snipping Tool found in Windows 7 accessories. (of course, a scissor of sorts) Who knew I had a snipping tool? 

The things you learn when forced to. 


How much do your resist learning new things? 
Did you know about Wordle? 
Was I the only one?


Be sure and check out the other writers who are posting their Wordles. I will add their names and websites as they post.



24 comments:

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I hate learning new things until I actually know how to use them. Great post. Have fun with your company.

Margaret Miller said...

Congratulations Cora for working it out! and your Wordle looks terrific. Dance/Yucatan/980AD jumped out at me - fascinating - I'll be getting a copy on the strength of it. Have we discovered a new form of blurb?

catherinemjohnson.wordpress.com said...

Brilliant post, Cora! I'd love to try a wordle. And I'll look for you on Pinterest too. It's at least 24hrs since I've been on there ;)

Ellen Gregory said...

Good job, Cora! Seems you mastered wordle OK. I like the sound of your Pinterest boards for your forthcoming novel. Sounds like a good marketing strategy.

Kim Griffin said...

Your post had me cracking up :)

I like that you used a blurb from your upcoming novel. I have another wordle coming up for the blogathon later this month and I think I will do that too!

Cora said...

I know what you mean. I'm a show-me-step-by-step (slowly, again) kind of learner. So, yeah, I buck learning new things but always end up putting my shoulder into it with force of will (like I am doing with my website, while screaming at the ethers or else I hire someone.

Cora said...

Wow, you're right--a new form of blurb. Hadn't thought of it that way.

Suzanne Stengl said...

Dance stories - lovely.
And I think this blurb idea is fascinating...
Cora - when I get around to learning Pinterest, you will be my resource person.

C.L. Swinney said...

This was a great blog! I knew what a wordle is, but was unaware of it until someone pointed it out to me!

Your Pinterest boards are very cool!

Liv said...

Hmm...can't wait to see what you've pinned this morning...
;)
Nice job with the Wordle. I can totally see how you could pull a title or blurb from something like this.

Julie Farrar said...

I lie "DANCE AWAKE." Congratulations on figuring out one new tech thing. I know I feel like I've climbed Everest every time I do. Off to post mine now.

Tami Clayton said...

Great idea to use a blurb from your story for this! Nicely done. I'm more curious about your novel now, too. ;)

Cora said...

I'd be happy to help in any way I can.

Cora said...

It is addictive isn't it (Pinterest). Wordle was kind of fun.

Cora said...

I hope so. It's a stressless way (and fun) to market if it turns out to be effective.

Cora said...

I would like to check out that blogathon and see what you do.

Cora said...

Thanks, appreciate it.

Cora said...

I am getting more ideas as I pin on how to improve the way I am using Pinterest. Just wish I had more time to do all that I want.

Cora said...

Oh, that is so good to hear. That is my purpose-to draw curiosity and interest in the novel. Thanks Tami.

Rabia said...

I was on a tight schedule (was going away on vacation) so I didn't have time to figure out how to get a nice big image of my Wordle. I'm disappointed the site itself gives such a teeny picture!

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