Review: Pinterest for Dummies

Pinterest is the newest social media website to take the country by storm.  Many of my fellow food bloggers have been using it to expand they’re brands and to drive traffic to their websites.  So naturally I signed up for an account as well.

Now I’m a pretty tech savvy guy, I do my own web design and shoot my own videos.  Heck, I’m writing this post on my smartphone.  I’ve mastered Facebook, Twitter and most social media but when it comes to Pinterest I’m a dummy.

Pinterest For DummiesThankfully Kelby Carr has come to the rescue with Pinterest for Dummies.

The first chapter walks you through signing up for an account.  It’s pretty ordinary stuff.  If you’ve ever signed up for a social media account you won’t need the book to get through it.  If this is your first stroll down Soc Med Lane this will make it easy to understand

As I mentioned earlier, I’d already signed up for an account.  What I didn’t know was what to do next.  After all, there is no standard form of communication like with Twitter or Facebook.  What the crap did this thing do?

The book easily explained that unlike other forms of social media, Pinterest is designed to be image driven.  After reading through the easy to understand directions I was able to set up my “boards” and start “pinning” things to them.  Take a look, my Pinterest account is now buff with five boards (food, travel, book reviews, TV Chefs and cooking), more than 50 “pins” and 40-something followers in just a short span of time.  Some of those followers are famous chefs like Jet Tila and Patrick O’Connell, friends (old and new), family and the odd Food Network type like Susie Jimenez and Jyll Everman.

Pinterest for Dummies is the perfect companion for those wanting to learn the ins and outs of the exciting world of Pinterest.

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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