I haven’t followed one of Denyse’s prompts in a little while. I flicked over to her blog this morning and what do you know, the prompt was about hobbies. I’ve always been “bad” at hobbies. I’ve tried things but they feel fake, like I’m going through the motions. Most of the time, I just assume that it means I haven’t found the hobby for me.
What Is A Hobby Now?
I won a a virtual ticket to the Artful Business Conference and was watching live on Saturday. (I felt a bit tired and frustrated by my current state of illness and didn’t want to watch on Sunday, but I’ll watch the recordings when I’m in a better state of mind to actually action what I learned.)
My big takeaway so far was that if your hobby becomes a business, get a new hobby! You still need downtime. And I wondered if that’s why I find it hard to actually sell anything on Bloggers and Bacon. Because blogging came to me as a step along my public writing journey, which started with fan fictions and livejournals. But then I feel like it’s not fair to blame the hobby-business continuum, when I frankly have done little to “properly” promote it. (Yes, I’ve had work and study and sickness, so I’m not being harsh on myself here, it’s more of a truthful look at what I need to do when I am able to again.)
A few years ago I tried to get into crafts. I pretty much sucked at it, and yet I thought I needed to start selling it at market stalls. Now, maybe that’s because craft is expensive, maybe it’s because I don’t actually like that kind of “stuff” in my house…maybe it’s some other mindset thing that I haven’t even thought of yet in justifying the cost for something “pointless”.
But then I realised I do have my hobby. Photography. I don’t share it online because I don’t feel there’s a need. It’s only for me. I decided long ago that I don’t actually like the world of commercial photography. (Look, I’m sure I could find a place in it if I wanted to, but I’m really not sure I do want to.) I couldn’t care less if I share a semi-blurry photo snapped on my iPhone to Instagram. If I like it, or if I want to share it, then that’s that.
I guess in the end, what I’m talking about here is the boundary between hobby, hobby income, and business. When do we have to work out where we sit on that spectrum? Why does the pressure (real or imagined or self imposed) to make a hobby a business exist? What is the point of a hobby if we take it out of the self-care realm and put it into the “gotta make moolah” range?
(And how many times can you type the word hobby before it looks fake?)
Do you have a hobby that you don’t share online?