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 for you in the long run as well.
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 that you truly 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 that can get you noticed, and possibly 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 a never ending need for photos online. People use them for their articles, ebooks, presentations, and ezines, among other things.
They are also well used offline as well, 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 that they attribute the work back to you, thus gaining you that notice that you are looking for. This is a really great way to get your name and your work out there, especially 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 up your work too. Flickr, fotoLibra, morguefile, and deviant art, among others, but that would at least get you started. Remember that the purpose right now is getting your name known, so go easy on charging people for your work just yet, as they may be a little weary of buying from someone that they are unfamiliar with.
Hone Your Photography Skills
Creative Writers have long been sought after, because they have remarkable marketing capabilities. Everyone loves something, and writers get the word out about everything, so it only makes sense that they are in demand.
If you already love to write, consider sharing your hobby with others. You can write articles, (like this one), write ebooks, regular books, or simply create your own website and host all your favorite works there.
Many people love to read, and others love to skim, so be bold and put some of your work out there, people will read it, and if they like it, chances are that they will come back. And they might even share it.
Most of the time when we find something that we really love, we want to share it with others, so not only will you be sharing, but your fans will too! Its a great way to get noticed!
Tips For Writers
Not to be confused with regular writing, poetry is an art all its own. Most people don't write poetry as a hobby unless they truly love it, and so 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 great to me, I don't consider myself a poet, and I don't show my work to others. My cousin on the other hand has made her life story into poems, and they are quite interesting. I write, she writes poetry, and there is a distinct difference between the two. Both are works of art in their own right.
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 voila, chances are you will get at least some noteriety.
One of the great things about poetry, is that there is no right or wrong way to do it! It is a form of expression and therefore is fairly uninhibited. This is a great way to make your mark, as there are many places that will publish your work fairly easily. You most likely will not be paid for it, but your name will certainly 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! Its a win-win.
Be A Better Poet
Art takes many forms, some verbal and some visual. Drawing is a beautiful art form that many many people enjoy. It is loved by those who do it themselves either as a job or a hobby, and those that just like to look at it.
Painting on the other hand, though a bit like drawing, is another wonderful form of self expression. Both art forms are highly loved by many different types of people, and are usually really good ways to get yourself noticed.
If you already enjoy drawing or paint for your own pleasure, consider sharing it with others. You can start out simply on Deviant art, where many artists go to showcase their work. Its also a wonderful way to get yourself noticed as many 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 start making money on from your drawings or paintings is to offer some of them for free, and then provide a link to a personal website where people can then purchase other pieces that 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 YouTubers, (as they are now deemed, per new age lingo), are doing all sorts of things and showing the world.
Some ideas are better than others, like if you have a really terrible singing voice or can't play the drums to save your life; don't do that, record yourself, and upload it. Or, you can, because YouTube isn't just for the super talented, instead there is a pretty lucrative business when it comes to seeing people fail at things. I wonder if that has anything to do with insecurities...
If you enjoy making tutorials, consider making some on YouTube. You will be able to get your name out there in no time if you make tutorials that people generally search for. Go for something you're really good at. Can you draw, paint, install a new door, change the oil in your car? Literally anything can become a tutorial. Just try to remember to keep people engaged during the process, and don't make long, drawn out videos either; people want this stuff 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 consider taking it over to YouTube. You can do it as a tutorial, (as listed above), or just show of your work. Small, animated shorts go over extremely well. Keep that in mind if you can animate.
On an interesting note, you can take the above names hobbies that we have already discussed and turn them into YouTube shows. You can show 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 absolutely endless.
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