Great Hobbies That Can Get You Noticed
There is an endless amount of wonderful hobbies out there, many that almost anyone can enjoy. A lot of them could pay off big for you in the long run.
Some are a little more likely to get you noticed than others are, but that doesn't mean that you should give up on any you love. If you love to collect bug legs, then collect bug legs!
Who knows, maybe one day there will be a call for your natural, loving, hobby. Until then, check out these 5 hobbies that are fun and can get you noticed, and maybe even make you some money.
Taking pictures can be quite a fun hobby. It can also lead to notoriety, and even money making, even if you're an amateur.
There is always a call for photos online. People use them for articles, ebooks, presentations, and ezines. They are well used offline too, such as in magazines, printed books, posters, and so on.
You don't have to charge for your work, you can offer it for free, with the stipulation being they attribute the work back to you. This will garner you the visibility you're looking for. This is a great way to get your name and work out to the public. It works especially well if you are just starting out and are looking for a good way to first get noticed.
There are a lot of places to offer your work too.
Flickr - A great place to share your photos. They offer an app that allows you to instantly upload your pictures.
FotoLibra - You can sell photos here. They also offer requests from potential buyers. Uploading pictures that have been requested can be a very lucrative business, especially if you have access to different places and creatures.
Morguefile – This is a good place to monetize your work or to offer it for free. There is a commons section only for photos that can be downloaded and used in any way the downloader wants. Buyers also have the option of buying your pictures for commercial use. This is a great way to get your work out.
Deviant Art – There is a lot of traffic that flows through here so being seen will be an easy task.
Among others, but that would at least get you started. Remember that the purpose right now is getting your name out there. Go easy on charging people for your work at first as potential future customers may be a little weary of buying from someone they are unfamiliar with.
Hone Your Photography Skills
Creative Writers often work for other individuals and sometimes even companies.
If you already love to write, consider sharing your hobby with others. You can write articles, (like this one), write eBooks, regular books, or create your own website and blog to host all your work.
Do a guest blog. Ask around for bloggers looking to beef up their work. If you can get a blog post on an already popular site, you can get your work seen and possibly followed.
People love to read, and others love to skim, so be careful about rambling or adding content just for filing. People will read it, and if they like it, chances are that they will come back. They might even share it.
When we find something we love, we want to share it with others, so not only will you be sharing, but your fans will too! It's a great way to get started!
Places to write articles:
- Hubpages - Put up quality articles and income can start coming in fairly easy
- eZine Articles - They are a little picky about the content they use, so make sure you write to the best of your ability
- InfoBarrel - a little more lenient, but you still want it to be good
Places to sell eBooks"
- Amazon - Here you can put your eBook up completely free. Amazon takes a percentage of each sale and sends you the rest.
- Lulu - Much like Amazon, it is free to place your eBook on Lulu. However, you can create every portion of your book here. If you want some extra services, Lulu offers editing, proofreading and help designing the cover.
- Book Baby - Book Baby costs around $150.00, but they also offer all that Lulu does, plus marketing. When trying to get your eBook sold, marketing is definitely the biggest factor to get it done.
Places to start a blog:
- WordPress - Start a free blog here. It is widely distributed and looked well upon
- Blogger - Another free blog site that gets a good amount of traffic
- Blog.com - offers a full step-by-step guide to starting and monetizing a blog
Tips For Writers
Not to be confused with creative writing, poetry is an art all its own. Most people don't write poetry as a hobby unless they truly love it. There is always a need for more poets in the world.
I've tried my hand at poetry a couple of times, and while my ending works are fine for me, I don't consider myself a poet. I also don't show my work to others. My cousin, on the other hand, has made her life story into poems, and they are interesting. I write creatively; she writes poetry, and there is a distinction between the two. Both are works of art all their own.
If you are a poet or would like to be a poet, then this is another fantastic way to get yourself and your work noticed. All you need to do is submit some of your favorite work to a few places, and viola, chances are you will get at least some notoriety.
One of the best things about poetry is there is no right or wrong way to do it! It is a form of expression and therefore is uninhibited. This is a great way to make your mark as many places that will be happy to publish your work. be out there.
And don't forget to watch for poetry contests. I see them popping up all over the place nowadays. These sometimes not only get you published, and get your name out there, but they also pay! It's a win-win.
A few places to turn in your poetry or hone your skills are:
- All Poetry - Offers a place to post your work for others to see and hosts contests
- Poetry Soup - A site for poetry competitions
- Poetry.com - Has a huge community of poets and poetry enthusiasts. Prizes are awarded for great work
Be A Better Poet
Art takes many forms, some verbal and some visual. Drawing is a beautiful art form that many people enjoy. It is loved by those who do it themselves either as a job or a hobby, and those that like to look at and purchase it.
Painting, like drawing, is another wonderful form of self-expression. If painting is something you enjoy and are fairly good at it, having a website to display your work is imperative. Selling this type of art can be hard to start, but may pay off big in the end if you're willing to put in the effort.
Your genre can be your choice as well because it is an expression of yourself. Fiction writers are always in demand, but most non-fiction does really well too. Painting can be any style you like. There will always be someone out there that enjoys it, so don't give up if it seems like it isn't going anywhere.
Artists come in every genre and so does the audience. Go with your passion and stay on it, good things will come.
If you already enjoy drawing or painting for your own pleasure, consider sharing it with others. You can start out on Deviant art where many artists go to showcase their work. It's also a wonderful way to get yourself seen. People are looking for original works of art to use for their sites, their eBooks and many other things.
Again, you can try to sell your work, or you can give some of it away. One good way to make money from your artwork is to offer some of it for free. Provide a link to a personal website where people can then purchase other pieces you have for sale. This gets you noticed, and might make you some money in the long run.
Improve Your Drawing and Painting Skills
5. Using YouTube
In the last few years, YouTube has exploded with newcomers with every idea imaginable. Some are making a career of it.
Some ideas are better than others. If you have a terrible singing voice or can't play the drums to save your life; don't do that. YouTube isn't just for the super talented though. There is a lucrative business for seeing people fail at things.
If you enjoy making tutorials, consider making some on YouTube. You will get your name out there in no time if you make tutorials that people search for. Go for something you're great at. Can you draw, paint, install a new door, change the oil in your car? Literally, anything can become a tutorial. Remember to keep people engaged during the process, and don't make long, drawn out videos either. People want what they want and they want it now without having to wait through an entire explanation.
Otherwise: Just do it!
Maybe you like to create little movies or shows in your spare time. It is a legitimate hobby, my kids do it all the time! So if you are interested at all in doing it, maybe you should it over to YouTube. You can do it as a tutorial, (as listed above), or just show off your work. Small, animated shorts go over extremely well. Keep that in mind if you can animate.
Starting a Youtube channel is easier now than it has ever been. Simply follow the easy tutorial and you'll be good as gold.
On an interesting note, you can take the above-named hobbies already discussed and turn them into YouTube shows. You can teach others how to draw or paint, explain your techniques for writing creatively or writing poetry, or even how to make their own YouTube show!
Your possibilities are endless.
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