So, I upgraded my Pinterest to a business account by accident

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The last time I signed up to something by mistake, it was Camp NaNoWriMo, and I repeated that mistake until I’d written six books.

Anyway … I’d been planning to upgrade my soggy Pinterest account to a business account for a while, but I was put off by the complaints about how difficult it was. Everybody made it sound like I’d need a degree in computer science to do it, but it took twenty seconds to upgrade. Twenty seconds. And that’s why it was an accident. I hit upgrade, expecting there to be another hoop to jump through. I expected hours of waiting and technology-induced crying before my account was actually upgraded. Or rather, I expected to look at all the hoops and back out of the process entirely to save myself the tears. But there were no hoops, just a pretty, new, upgraded page.

For anyone else put off by testimonials comparing it to brain surgery, please be assured that I—a tech potato—only needed an extra few minutes to figure out where to put the Pinterest generated HTML that allows me to access the analytics. I figured I’d help you out with my potato proof instructions below.

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All you need to upgrade your Pinterest account is your website URL and a business name. I used my pen name for this. The upgrade button is in the top right-hand corner of the browser. I filled in my details, and as soon as I hit the upgrade button, the profile view changed. Ta-da!

So, if you’re a WordPress user (and I hope you are because I only speak WordPress Potato), and you want to enable the analytics for activity from your website, here’s what you do. Once your profile is upgraded, you’ll find the analytics button on the top left of the screen. There will be 3 boxes: your pinterest profile, people you reach and activity from your website. The last will ask you to verify your site, then generate a line of HTML for you.

Here’s where you put the HTML in WordPress. First click on My Site, then Settings on the left hand menu. At the top of the screen are four options— click on Traffic. Scroll down to Site Verification Services, then paste the HTML into the Pinterest box and save. This enables you to see what’s been pinned from your WordPress site and how far it’s travelling. That’s all there is to it.

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Those of you interested in following me on Pinterest can find me here.

Feel free to post a link to your Pinterest account in the comments. Happy pinning!

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Aiming for Honesty

So I’m new here. I’ve read all the blogging advice. Post every day. Post every other day. Post no more than three times a week. Wednesday’s are best. Sunday’s are best. Whatever you do, don’t blog on a Monday! You’ll be staked to the wall if you blog on Mondays. Fridays are right out. People check out on Friday to have a social life (what’s that?) and they don’t come back until Monday, whereupon they will stake you to the wall. Did I already say that? Don’t over post! Don’t follow lots of people, let them find you. Say what now? Follow blogs. Don’t follow blogs. In, out, in, out, shake it all about! I’m having an exorcist moment and if my head doesn’t stop spinning soon I’m going to throw up in your face.

If you are following me, thank you. If you are trying to decide whether to follow me, do it! I can promise you drivel, nonsense, possibly a few chunks of wisdom, a touch of inspiration from time to time. I won’t give you herpes. You won’t be able to smell me from there or suffer the embarrassment of seeing me in my “uniform”. We are all winners then.

When I started this blog, a few days ago, my only plan was to post a few times each week, to find blogs I liked (regardless of subject matter), read some new stuff and hope a few people would follow me. A few people have and I’m grateful. I’m reading your posts, sometimes liking them but so far my comments have been limited to one blog. I won’t name it here because I’m a tiny bit in love and that would just be embarrassing. But here is what I’ve learned from him in one morning. Be honest. Be yourself. Stop trying to please everyone. Don’t be afraid to piss people off.

These are things I have trouble with. Generally speaking, I’m not a people pleaser. I don’t go around massaging people’s egos, but I do avoid conflict. Conflict is the life-blood of fiction and I get plenty of it when I’m writing, so I don’t want my real life to be like Eastenders. I so much want to just spill my guts, to admit that I find people baffling, that I don’t even like people very much. I prefer to be by myself where I like to think expectations are pretty low, but actually I’m very hard on myself. And I need to stop it.

Somewhere on my hard drive is a folder full of blog post ideas, topics I want to write about and a stash of well-crafted posts that I’ve fannied about with until they bled. I write lean. It’s a habit I picked up through years of essay and report writing but it’s one I want to break the balls off. My fiction suffers because of it. So I might use some of those posts, I might carve them up a bit, but mostly I want to write straight into this box with my heart and guts and brain and my little typey fingers. So that’s what I’m aiming for. Honest, in-the-moment writing.

Thank you to my muse.