@Brandonwilson wrote about hobbies recently, that having three different kinds or outlets is a good idea:
- One to make you money.
- One to keep you in shape.
- One to be creative.
"One hobby to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them, In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
Sorry - drifted into a little prose there by accident :)
I make websites that make me passive income. These are created using Wordpress and are based around a "niche" or "market" providing information and buyers guides to help my readers.
For example, I might have a website about helping disabled people do yard work. My articles could be "10 best lawn mowers for wheelchair users" where I suggest products for people to buy, or "Easy planting for people with limited movement."
I don't know anything about this subject, but can research and write sufficiently good articles on the subject. Everything is out there on Google or at the local library to help. Or I can pay writers to research and write the articles for me.
Of course, these are bad examples and probably too specific, but these are the types of websites I have made. Either around a topic, product, service or market.
They make money by incorporating links to products on websites like Amazon or eBay. If my visitors buy the product, or anything else within 24 hours, I get a percentage back. It's not a lot of money, but I only see this as a hobby. I know of many people who earn six figures a year doing this though. Once you work out how the process works, you can scale, making it into a proper business.
My wife and I run regularly to help keep in shape.
We are members of a local running club (that has over 2000 paying members! Possibly the largest running club in the UK) and try to go at least 2 times per week.
We both started in a beginners class, working up to a 5k run and have made some good friends along the way.
I find running in a group much easier as you are more encouraged to keep going and not stop or give up. You just follow the back (or bottom) of the person in front of you and drift off into your thoughts.
I wouldn't say I am a picture of health, but I am probably the fittest I have ever been. I am not very strong physically though, which I should also work on. Driving a keyboard all day does not help build muscles.
This should be the easy answer - writing!!! Yay! Streamers explode as I push the button to publish another 200 words! Whoooop!
Whoa.. not so fast kid.
After school, I was destined to go to university to do a fine art degree. I loved drawing and painting and it seemed I was on my way into this sort of career. I also studied graphic design, so that was another possible career choice. In my spare time I used to enjoy making music, playing guitar or making electronic music with my Commodore Amiga - yes... that long ago. Photography is also something I enjoy doing, just to add something else into the mix. I once sold a photograph that was used in a UK TV advert for a major bank.
Writing was never on my roadmap for doing something creative. It was always something artistic rather than written. Perhaps writing was more important when I was younger, but as I grew older, art took over.
I still feel the pull (or need) of doing some art, music or photography. I dabble with photography a little here and there, but nothing serious.
Perhaps writing can fill that creative void?
I still dream about getting an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil to draw with. My Instagram feed is full of people making art using apps and I would love to have one to play with. I just don't know if I would find it fulfilling.