Challenge: Let’s Get a Crochet Health Book to Pinterest Popular Page!!

por Kathryn na Janeiro de 9, 2013 · 51 Comentários

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I love Pinterest. I’ve been using it since it’s early days and I think it offers many different cool features that outweigh any negatives that I’ve noticed. But today I want to talk about one of the things I’m not so happy to see about Pinterestand to challenge you to do something about it right now!

The Problem: Not Enough Crochet on Pinterest’s Popular Page

When I go to my own Pinterest page, I mostly see crochet things because almost every board I follow is a crochet-related board. No entanto, when I poke around the rest of the site, I don’t see crochet as being quite as popular there. If you go to the main board for DIY and Crafts, you will usually see a tiny percentage of crochet items pinned there amidst a sea of other crochet. More disappointing is the fact that I very rarely see crochet items pinned anywhere that make it to the popular page.

I’d love to see this changed. There are so, so many amazing crochet items to be found on Pinterest. And I know that there are a lot of crochet lovers on Pinterest because I follow tons of them! Plus I’m a part of several community crochet boards on Pinterest. So it’d be great if our voices got heard more and the only way for that to happen is for all of us to be pinning more crochet, repinning crochet and liking crochet on Pinterest.

And More: Books and Mental Health Also Underrepresented

I’ve also noticed that two of my other favorite topics are underrepresented on the Pinterest Popular Page. The first is books. There are a lot of people pinning books on Pinterest. I personally have a board for books in general, livros de crochet e “hooks and books“. And I follow a few books boards from other people but again I rarely see books make it to the popular page of Pinterest.

The other underrepresented topic that is important to me is mental health, specifically depression. I realize that this is a tough one for Pinterest. Images around these topics tend to be dark. And there isn’t as much need to aggregate these articles as there may be for people trying to plan a home re-design or stash projects to crochet. Nevertheless, Pinterest is such a hot spot that I think it would be great to see a positive, informational approach to sharing mental health news with people here.

Let’s Fix It

So what can we do to get crochet, and perhaps these other topics, more represented on the popular page of Pinterest? I challenge you to go right now and pin the below image to at least one of your boards. It is the image of the cover of my book, Crochê salvou a minha vida. (Read on below to see why this is not entirely self-promotional!) Crochet Saved My Life is about the mental health benefits of crochet, especially (but not entirely) crochet for depression, anxiety and chronic illness.

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When you pin the above image, add your own comment to it, especially if you want to let people know that you’re sharing it for the purpose of spreading the word about crochet, the health benefits of crafting or a specific health issue of interest to you. Use hashtags like #crochet #book and #health. Then ask everyone you know to repin the image to help get it to the popular page of Pinterest!

And to make it more beneficial for you, I’d encourage you to leave a comment on this post with a link to your Pinterest profile showing that you’ve participated. This will encourage others to join in and will also help spread the word about your own Pinterest activities. I’ll follow up on all of those links and make sure I’m following you on Pinterest if I wasn’t already!

Note: You can also go to my Pinterest Pins and re-pin it from there.

But Wait, Aren’t You Just Trying to Promote Your Own Book?

Obviously, yes. I’m an indie author who pays for all costs of blogging and writing on my own so every little bit of promotion really helps. The more people know about this book, the more likely it is that I’ll be able to continue writing about crochet and health for a living! But that’s not the only reason to join this Pinterest challenge.

Here are some reasons I think it may be worth it to you to join the challenge and pin this image today:

  • We’ll make a little Pinterest history. If we can get this pin to the popular page on Pinterest then we’ll be getting attention for crochet, books and health issues all in one fell swoop!
  • It’ll help make your Pinterest profile more visible. The more people we get pinning and repinning this, the more people we get seeing all of the profiles of the people who pin, repin and comment on the image! And remember that if you pin it and then leave a link to your Pinterest profile here in the comments then you’ll get more attention for your Pinterest profile.
  • It’s a free and easy way to support an indie author. You don’t have to buy the book to show your support of these topics. Simply spreading the word is a free and easy way to let people know about the health benefits of our craft while also supporting the work that I try so hard to make available to others.
  • Better sales means more opportunities for the book to reach people. I’ve had several requests to make this book available as an audio book and a book translated into other languages. As a self-published author I have to see sales go up enough to support the cost of doing those things before I can make them happen. If that interests you, spreading the word can help.
  • It’s Pinterestit’s fun!

Will you accept this challenge?

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Mitzi Trenzs Christian
Mitzi Trenzs Christian

This is what I posted on my Pinterest board "Design Inspiration" crochê salvou a minha vida. In talking with some crocheters on FB (Memory Blankets) about this book when I posted the give away, it seems that crochet has been the salvation for many of us. Nice to see that one of us wrote a book about it. Yay! http://pinterest.com/krikket207/

LaneLynn
LaneLynn

follow me, I pin soooo much crochet stuff!!! pinterest.com/lanel

PWestin
PWestin

Oh, I pinned the book, too. We crocheters need to stick together. I know there are a lot of us out there. I don't know about you, but

I am sick and tired of looking at high heels on Pinterest and would much much rather look at crochet items to crochet or have been crocheted by others. Oh, I am the rebel today!

PWestin
PWestin

I just got the book on my Kindle for PC. I know it will be a good read. Thank you so much for making it free for a day through Kindle!!!!

CharlieSaraNavarrete
CharlieSaraNavarrete

I just posted your link on Facebook, pintrest, and downloaded your book on my Amazon kindle...hope this helps promote your stuff...thanks @Sara_left_hook_crochet on instagram Charlie Sara Navarrete on Facebook Sara Navarrete on pintrest

janicedavey
janicedavey

Okay shamless self-promoter :). I pinned your book cover. http://pinterest.com/jdquilt/craft-inspiration/

How about other blogs promoting you too. Does your publisher send your book out to bloggers? I have a suggestion....Pam MacKenzie at http://blogs.mycentraljersey.com/institches/. I am getting ready for VKL here in NYC. Even though it's Vogue Knittiing, they so embrace crochet. You need to be shown some east coast love! I might need to iron on your book design to a tee shirt and wear it on the marketplace floor!

susand1408
susand1408

Fantastic Idea. I hope you don't mind but I've also created a board for peoples favorite crochet patterns so we can get crochet to the forfront.

icrochetinoh
icrochetinoh

Got this on one of my crochet pages, already, hope others will do the same.

dlyrs
dlyrs

I pinned it for you - hope you get lots more. :)

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@janicedavey I'm entirely self-published so all marketing costs like that come out of my own pocket. I did send out review copies in the beginning to a select group of people and am always looking for more suggestions of how to get the book out there. T-shirts would work :)

LaneLynn
LaneLynn

@carolmckayau I am a Brit in blighty and thought I hadn't pinned anything and saw them, very Vivienne Westwood I thought! I must pin more!!

janicedavey
janicedavey

@CrochetBlogger light bulb over my head ahhh now I get it. How about a legal yarn storming (we can't say bomb here in the NYC area) of some public picturesque place out there, done by crocheters all over the world who send pieces for the display to bring awareness to whatever cause you decide best represents your writing/book/passion - crochê, depression, healing arts, a charity etc. you get the picture right. International Yarn bombing Day is June 11th. As an example, Newton, Ct crafters is planning a tribute/memorial for the Sandy Hook school shootings victims. http://pinterest.com/jdquilt/iybd-ideas-for-sandy-hookers/ what do you think? starting in a rav group?

CrochetBlogger
CrochetBlogger moderator

@carolmckayau Not sure about the board from @susand1408 as far as community pinning but I'm part of several good crochet community boards including Crochet-oholic, Beautiful Crochet Pattterns and two named crochet:

- http://pinterest.com/hilariafina/crochet-holic-community-pinboard/

- http://pinterest.com/finecraftguild/beautiful-crochet-patterns/

- http://pinterest.com/pegasusqueen/crochet/

- http://pinterest.com/momwithahook/crochet/

PWestin
PWestin

@CrochetBlogger Let me know if you run into any problems. I don't think you will, but I would appreciate your opinion above any other.

PWestin
PWestin

@carolmckayau @CrochetBlogger @susand1408 I have been visiting all these sites above including susand1408 and pinned a few new crochet items. Thanks. I have a place in my email that I save for future reference, too. I do not remember url addresses like I used to, so I can go back and snag some more goodies to crochet in the future, Thank you so much for these lovely new sites I knew nothing about. Pamela Westin

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