I'd Pin That is a cool new web application from my buddy Jesse.
One of the realities of freelancing online is the fact that you have to do a little bit of everything. Even though I don't offer many services beyond writing to my clients, I'm aware that I still need to be aware of ways to add value to my efforts.
I may not be a social media expert, or an SEO marketer, but I still need to dabble in these things. Clients expect me to incorporate keywords into articles at times, and it adds value if I can promote writing I've done for others on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
One of the latest Social Media Things is Pinterest.
Even though I have a Pinterest account, and I occasionally add to various boards and share others' pins, I don't spend a lot of time on the site, and I rarely think in terms of “pinnable” images. But I understand that I need to make some effort in this area.
After reading about how to make images more pinnable, I've come to the conclusion that my first step in this grand new adventure is adding words to some of my images. (I'm not going to get too crazy right now.) However, I run into trouble when I start trying to figure out how to add effects and words and make it look even marginally professional.
What is I'd Pin That?
I'd Pin That is very simple and straightforward: It lets you search public domain images, and then add effects. So far, all I've done is add frames and text. But I need to start slow with these sorts of creative things. (I write nonfiction because I'm not creative enough for fiction; I write in the style of journalism because I'm not creative enough for creative nonfiction.)
But it's been very easy. There are several effects to choose from, as well as a variety of frames and fonts. It's easy to change the size and color of any font, as well as move your text around by manipulating the text box. You can even choose to angle your text.
Once you're done, you can download the result to your computer and then add it to your blog. You don't have to worry about copyright because all the images are in the public domain. It's fast, easy, and kind of fun. So far, I've used it only for my own blogs. I haven't started using it for images added to other blogs I write for — mainly because I don't often provide images for those blogs. (If I do add images, you can bet I'm charging a little bit more.)
If you're looking for a way to add value for your blogging clients, or if you want to spice up your own words, I'd Pin That is a good place to start. It's perfect for those of us who are a little graphically and creatively challenged — and even for those who aren't.