Margaret Schindel and I share an interest in Precious Metal Clay jewelry design. She has written several extremely informative articles on this process as well as other great articles on recipes and other jewelry-making techniques. She is a former Squidoo member, writes on Hubpages and has some lovely pieces that she has made from silver using metal clay. She has been a member of Pinterest Party since its inception. Here is what she has to say.
1. How long have you been using Pinterest?
For a little less than a year.
2. Why did you join?
To try to figure out what all the fuss was about and then use it to get my articles and those of other colleagues in front of a wider audience that likely would be interested in them.
3. What benefits have you gotten from being a Pinterest member?
I have found Pinterest to be a very good source of traffic to my articles as well as a wonderful way to discover articles, tips, projects and inspiration on topics I’m interested in. Despite having had to take hiatuses from active pinning from time to time, I’ve grown my following from 250 to 955 followers, and steadily climbing when I’m able to pin consistently.
4. What is your most successful pin? (link to it)
Setting Gemstones in Metal Clay (498 repins and 45 likes)
5. What do you like about Pinterest Party? What feature would you like to see added?
Pinterest Party has been a wonderful source of education, information, inspiration, encouragement and support! Even though I don’t always have time to participate regularly (or as much as I would like to), the benefits have been tremendous. Since I joined I have more than quadrupled my number of followers and I have become much more knowledgeable about best practices and techniques for creating pins that will attract repins, for finding great pins to share, and for growing my following. The admins are terrific, and the activities help encourage me to be a more active pinner and create a vehicle for supporting and getting support from my fellow Pinterest Party members. I especially love the tips and education. I wouldn’t change a thing!
6. What is your niche?
Jewelry making, metal clay, polymer clay, beads, and other crafts; food & recipes; and holidays.
7. When you are not pinning what do you spend your time doing?
Writing, editing, making jewelry, cooking / developing recipes, reading, learning, and whatever else strikes my fancy. J
8. What is your favorite activity offline?
Spending time with my husband. We’re both very busy and he has a long commute, so we treasure our time together.
9. If you could do anything you wanted, anywhere in the world, what would that be?
Go back and spend a year or two in Florence, Italy, where we honeymooned, and then travel and write about our adventures, illustrated by my husband’s photos, whenever I’m in the mood to share them.
10. Where can we find you on the web besides Facebook and Pinterest?
Currently, most of my articles are on HubPages. I have plans to revive my Jewelry Making Techniques blog. I’m the senior editor and technical editor of Metal Clay Artist Magazine and its new online incarnation, Cre8tivefire.com. You’ll also find me on Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn.
11. Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite movie?
My favorite author is Sir Terry Pratchett. I’ve got a lot of favorite movies! The first one that comes to mind is Chocolat. It’s a fabulous movie with an incredible cast that includes Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, Dame Judi Densch, Alfred Molina and Lena Olin, among others. I’ve written an in-depth review of it at http://margaretschindel.hubpages.com/hub/Chocolat-the-movie. Fair warning: buy yourself a box of the most luscious and decadent chocolates you can find to savor slowly while you’re watching this movie!
12. What else would you like to say to your fellow Pinterest Party members?
Thank you all for being such an amazingly positive, constructive, energetic, mutually supportive and inspiring group of colleagues!
Feel free to add any other comments here:
Thank you for your continuing commitment to this terrific group, Paula!