Tip Tuesday: Keeping Your Hobby Alive

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Hobbies are great. As technology progresses and we have more access to information via the internet, it is becoming easier to find a hobby that suits your interests, no matter how unique it is.

However, the internet is a double edge sword. With the rise of social media, we can get easily discouraged in our hobbies as we start to compare ourselves with others. We start to reduce ourselves to the likes that we get, the number of followers that we have and the comments that we get. When we don’t receive the results that we desire, we start to wonder why we should continue, or why we should even begin if there are already other people who are better than us, and since there are hundreds of others doing the same hobby already.

Before you read on, I want to let you know that you are not alone. I, and possibly countless others, have experienced these feelings before. There have been times when I wanted to stop drawing art because there are so many other artists on Tumblr and Instagram who achieved more than me. They had better skills, more followers and just comparing myself to them made me feel like there was no point to continue to make art.

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Not everything is what it seems online. Photo by Dũng Trần Việt on Unsplash

It’s easy to forget that we all start as beginners. In the midst of comparing ourselves so much with those better than us, we forget that these people struggled too and most likely have experienced all the things we’re experiencing right now.

We must always remember to do things for ourselves and to keep doing what we love, regardless of how others do and what others say.

Here are some tips that I’ve used to maintain my hobbies, and these have worked for me. I hope you can use these tips too to keep your hobby alive!

Show Some PDA (Public Display of Accountability)

What is accountability? To me, that word means being held responsible for our actions and having transparency in communication. For this post, this means sharing your hobby with everyone around you as much as possible.

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Talking about your hobby with others can help with staying on track. Photo by Andrea Tummons on Unsplash

A great way of sharing your hobby is by using social media. Post about it on Facebook, make an Instagram account for your hobby and even write about it on WordPress.

By having a social media account, you can track your progress and share your journey with others who are in the same boat as you are. Once you’ve shared your hobby and your goals with the public, you will feel a sense of responsibility for your hobby and you will appreciate it more when you achieve your goals. Under the many eyes of social media, you will want to quit less on your hobby and you will develop not only your skills but discipline as well.

Constantly Remind Yourself Why You Started

Whenever I wanted to quit drawing art and delete my Tumblr, I would stop what I’m doing and take a step back. I would do something different or maybe walk outside. While I do so, I would ask myself things like, “Why did I even start?” “Do I really care about the number of likes that I get?” and “Who am I doing this for?”

When you start a hobby, write down the main reason why you wanted to start and place it somewhere you can always see (like the kitchen fridge or your desk). Quitting something is easier than keeping it going. Before we throw in the towel we must look deep within and ask the hard questions. For me, I would always ask myself, “If I quit now, will I regret it later?”

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Before thinking of quitting, remind yourself why you started. Photo by Laurenz Kleinheider on Unsplash

For me, the reason why I started drawing was that I love exploring my creativity. I want to see what I can make and what new things I can learn. I am not aiming to have a professional career in art (although it would be cool to be as good as them), nor do I ever expect to be famous for my art, so it’s alright for me to work at my own pace.

Reminding yourself why you started your hobby is a great way to put things into perspective. You will remind yourself that you started because it makes you happy and that it’s ok to take it at your own pace.

Have Fun!

Most of all, never forget to have fun! I’ve always found that when I draw the things that I liked (fan art of characters from my favourite shows and movies, my own characters and just stuff like flowers and plants), I improve a lot and I seem to receive the greatest response. Time to time, it is important to concentrate on doing things just for yourself. Indulge in your guilty pleasure with your hobby! If you like drawing puppies, draw puppies. If you like making pots in the same shape, do it! If you like knitting with the colour blue, do it!

Challenging yourself in your hobby is important too, but so is taking a break and simply enjoying yourself. Hobbies are done at leisure and to de-stress. There is no point in picking up a hobby if you don’t have any fun with it!

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When you have fun with your hobby, you achieve things you never thought possible.  Photo by Jean-Pierre Brungs on Unsplash

Relating to the points above, I’m glad I didn’t quit art and that I didn’t delete my art blog. With WordPress, I am having so much fun writing and I am looking forward to all the things I’ll experience along the way! I’ve met so many people through art and no doubt, I will make new experiences on WordPress too!

I encourage everyone to have a hobby and to stick to it as a hobby can change your life in so many ways.

The Question Of the Post: Do you have any hobbies? What is it about that particular hobby, that’s encouraged you to keep going with it? Could you imagine what your life would be like right now if you didn’t have that hobby?

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Claire S.

A person trying to make it in life as I go through my 20's. Currently trying to get rid of bad habits and writing about getting rid of them. I invest my time way too much in art, books and my dog. Figuring out how to use WordPress one blog post at a time. I write about proactivity, self improvement and appreciating life based on my own life experiences and lessons.

9 thoughts on “Tip Tuesday: Keeping Your Hobby Alive”

  1. We’ve actually been seeking hobbies because we have trouble having fun and relaxing. We whittled a branch last spring, sanded it by hand, bought tung oil (yes, it’s a thing) and stained it, found and attached hawk feathers using natural fibers and decorative beads. It was time-consuming and very rewarding. It’s a power prayer stick. We’ll try another one this year!

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  2. I have been blogging for 7 years now and the other day it occurred to me for the first time that I am now just getting the idea of what blogging is all about. I started out thinking that the world was interested in hearing my opinions about politics and lately, it dawned on me that everybody has their own opinion about these things and that no matter what you say, you are not likely to change anybody’s ideas. So now I am looking to blog with an eye to entertaining and informing people with things they might find interesting or helpful. I am doing much better now focusing on improving my outlook and learning to serve the needs and interests of other people rather than my own ego-centric gratifications.

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  3. Welcome to the world of WordPress! 🙂 Thanks for the like.

    I’m sure you’ll find lots of positivity and encouragement here – we’re a pretty friendly bunch on the whole.

    Enjoying your hobby is what having a hobby should be about. I think it’s largely a personal thing, but if you can find like-minded people who enjoy doing what you do and you can share ideas and learn with them, all the better. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve only been here for less than a week and I feel the positivity already 😄

      And that’s true! There is no point in having a hobby if you don’t like it!

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  4. I garden! I love growing plants and have been keeping various houseplants since I was about 10. It sort of follows me now, and I have come to find that I often feel the way my plants look. When they are sorely in need of attention, I usually need a little self care time with them. I also arrived at the decision to focus my blog on my hobby to support positive productivity.

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  5. A creative hobby of mine is crocheting! What keeps me going is hmm 🤔 haha that’s easy! I like making things for my family and friends! Might seem cliched to some but every stitch is made with love❤️. I think about the person who will receive my creation. The only downside is that I end up buying a lot of yarn that I end up not using! All because the colors are pretty or on sale 😅

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