Making a Pinterest writing portfolio

This week I made my first Pinterest portfolio, and it was much easier than I thought. I have a feeling that I may be massively behind the curve on this, and shockingly late to the party, but I’m going to blog about it anyway.

Until this week my forays into Pinterest were limited to the occasional trawl for research – pictures of potted-meat jars and musical boxes, that sort of thing. This was about to change. I’ve recently set out my stall as a freelance writer and editor, and I was looking for a different, more visual way to present my published work. Yes, I have a list of it all on my Fiction and Non-Fiction pages; but lists aren’t particularly enticing, are they?

So I did a search for presenting a writing portfolio online, and found an article which named 5 different ones, of varying cost, but also mentioned that you could make a portfolio on Pinterest. And the penny dropped.

Here’s what I did:

  • Made a secret board on Pinterest, called Writing Portfolio
  • Installed the Pinterest browser button when prompted. This isn’t compulsory, but it makes things a lot easier. The button sits just above the page tabs in your browser, to the left of the web address/search window.

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  • Visited each of the links on my Fiction and Non-Fiction pages
  • Clicked the Pinterest button to pin the page. A new window opens and you can preview the pin, select which image to use (if there is a choice), and edit the description before pinning
  • Realised that once you’ve pinned your pins, you can’t change the order; each new pin goes at the top. This involved a bit of deleting and re-pinning
  • Decided that putting short stories next to blog posts about knowledge management looked jumbled. So I created another secret board for articles and blogs, and re-pinned them there
  • Wrote a little introduction to each board at the top, including a reference to the other board and a link to my website
  • Made the boards public

The whole thing, including the browser button installation and all the rookie errors I made, took about an hour. Here’s the result:

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Was it worth doing? I think so, and this is why:

  • Visually, it’s much more interesting than a list, and viewers can get an idea of your work from the picture
  • Anyone viewing the board can click straight through to something which interests them
  • Pieces which I’ve written for work don’t always have a byline, so I’m not sure if a system like Contently, which searches the web for your work, would find it, whereas here you control what is pinned
  • It’s easy and fun to do, and free
  • It provides one easily shareable link

Some limitations: I haven’t pinned any print publications or anything which requires payment or subscription, so it isn’t a complete portfolio; however, I’ve linked my website which has links to everything. Another restriction is that if the page your work is on doesn’t contain a picture, you get a coloured blank with the web address on it instead, which isn’t quite so attractive.

In conclusion, then, I now have a visual writing portfolio and it was much less hassle than I thought it would be. Here are the links!

https://www.pinterest.com/lizhedgecock/story-portfolio/

https://www.pinterest.com/lizhedgecock/article-portfolio/

All comments, tips and feedback welcome; and if you make a portfolio board, let me know so that I can follow it.

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