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Two Fun Ways to Spend Time on the Internet

Updated on November 16, 2015
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Creative Online Endeavors

Anyone with an inquisitive mind knows that there are limits as to how long the internet can capture one's attention. The information highway provides limitless information, no doubt, but that doesn't mean the average person is only interested in gathering information.

For more recreational pursuits, there's a need for something that engages the user a bit more than just providing news streams or entertainment updates.

Most people are creative. They want to play an active role in the activities they choose to take part in. They've grown tired of surfing idly at their keyboards and begin their online searches for something more involved.

The only problem is that searching for 'fun things to do on the internet' will probably lead you to places that bore you, too, simply because everyone has different interests. Putting on headphones and listening to music for hours, or joining the latest superstar's viral and virtual fan club might be exciting enough for one person to point another to it.

The creative person is bored easily when they aren't using their talents. That's not to say the creative person doesn't enjoy listening to music and engaging with fan forums, but if the creative element is missing, the interest of the creative person will wane quickly.

This guide focuses on two activities that have proven themselves to hold an internet user's attention. The internet user that loves all things creative and challenging will find that this article does indeed lead them to somewhere they've been looking for.

Here are two things to do on the internet that won't bore the creative mind. Perhaps more importantly, neither are one-dimensional in nature, and they both have long lasting appeal to those who want to be involved with their chosen internet entertainment.

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#1 Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games

These types of games were made for people that prefer a challenge that won't be solved overnight. They are engrossing adventures that could become time-consuming pitfalls for the unwary. They are the MMORPGs - the scourge of spouses and loved ones everywhere, because the person that discovers one they like often disappears for hours at a time.

There's one aspect of these games that creative people will find more appealing than possibly anything they've encountered online before - the sheer size of the imaginary worlds most MMORPGs take place on. Now throw in amazing artwork, brilliant narration or story lines, and the ability to create a unique character with which to explore this world with, and you have an experience that creative people will enjoy immensely.

Both of the fun things to do in this article should carry a warning, though. It's not healthy to become so engrossed with anything online that you find your real life duties or relationships suffering. Because being creative is a trait that forces the person so endowed to act out in activities that tend to be lengthy, common sense sometimes get pushed aside, forgotten.

Internet users that engage in MMORPGs, especially, should be aware of the real dangers involved. My advice, if you find yourself devoting your life to one or more of these games, you need to stop playing them.

For the person that uses moderation when joining these game worlds, they will find the experience unforgettable.

The freedom to create is something that other games normally fail to deliver. My favorite MMORPG, Dungeons and Dragons Online, has enough variations in character creation that no two characters are alike. The creativity doesn't end there, though, because MMORPG players can continually upgrade characters in various ways during game play.

There are literally hundreds of excellent MMORPG game worlds to explore. Each is based upon a broad theme, so each is really different from the next, though some might say otherwise. One trait all good fantasy games share is the option to make powerful characters. One can then take these characters to imaginary places that will inspire the player to work with other like-minded players to solve great mysteries or take on formidable foes, and to write their own histories.

For the person that likes to make something out of nothing, to create, there aren't any games better suited for that than MMORPGs, like Dungeons and Dragons Online.

#2 Online Writing Platforms

Imagine, if you will, a writer's workshop, where everyone is bouncing ideas off one another and picking each other up when one is down about their writing. Sounds like any writer's workshop at any university, right? Ok, now add in the fact that the entire student body is international.

I'm talking about writing platforms, specifically HubPages. This is a place where those with creative minds can write down their thoughts and ideas and actually get paid for doing so. The fact that most online writing platforms are monetized does indeed bring in new people by the thousands. But, it's the creative people that love to write and rub virtual elbows with other writers that stay.

In certain circles, these platforms are known as content farms, internet diarrhea, and other insulting monikers. Take it from someone who's been writing on HubPages for six months now - it's a writer's site. Sure, there are internet experts that utilize these types of sites for their own considerable financial gain. That's what they do, and some of them are fantastic writers, as well. But, the great thing about HubPages is that you or I can jump in and get started writing and publishing.

Or we can look at it this way. If HubPages only wanted writers who were experienced search engine specialists and long-term online money makers, then why is the platform so easy to use for beginners? That's because it's an all-inclusive site. Anyone from anywhere in the world, with whatever writing background, can write here. That feature was instrumental in creating a site that is exciting, fun, and educational to use.

When I began publishing on HubPages, I considered myself to be a decent writer. I found, to my amazement, that there weren't just a few who could write better, but thousands. What did this mean for me? It meant that I could learn from these people. And I did. And today, I'm happy to say, my writing has improved tenfold.

But the reason I joined Hubpages wasn't to get an education. It was to write and create. And I've found the platform to fit perfectly what I want it to do for me. The freedom to write whatever I want and publish it immediately is here, and that's a rare thing to find for a novice writer.

Getting an audience to read what you've written, and then turning those views into earnings, is tricky, to say the least. There aren't any easy answers as to how to get to that place in your writing. But, because the earnings are there for people that learn how to tap into them, HubPages creates excitement, too.

It's a thrill to see what I've written in print, online, for the whole world to see. There's a personal sense of accomplishment every time I publish something online. I view online writing platforms as a challenge, much like I view MMORPGs as challenging.

Those with creative minds can make a game of writing on HubPages, or they can take it as it really is - a wonderful place to meet new people that love to do many of the same things you and I do.

It's just a bunch of creative people from all over the world thrown in together to make something beautiful - a creator's paradise.

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      Beth37 4 years ago

      You're right, hubpages has proved to be a wonderful new outlet for me. I am an internet junkie though. I have to be very careful. I do play online scrabble, I think you could call it a hobby. I've met ppl in real life that I am friends with today b/c of it.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Hey, That Grrl. Yes, you're right, players that want to participate in high level activities are going to have the most fun if they buy the VIP membership. Item drops in the game are such that I haven't had to spend much (maybe a few dollars) to keep my character in shape to run with other high level players.

      The free to play option in DDO is really for beginners. High level players usually become more involved with the game, financially and otherwise.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Laura Brown 5 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      I looked at that D&D online game yesterday. I thought it was interesting but could get really expensive. Right now they are giving away free memberships. But the costs seem to slip in when you want to have extras for your character. I've played a few online games where you can play free awhile but then you fall behind everyone else if you aren't opening your wallet on a regular basis. MapleStory in particular. I loved the look of the game but it seemed I would get stuck playing the same quests over and over. I think they wanted to add more beginner stuff to keep the freebie players around but they went about it in a poor way.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      D&D and DDO (the online version of the game) are both games where one needs to consider the free time they have available to them, before playing. Probably the most healthy version of the game is the weekly meeting scenario. Consider that fair warning! (I'm a long-addicted DDO player, myself). Thanks for stopping by, AudreyHowitt.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      I love games! I have never played D & D though---Now I think I should--

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks DzyMsLizzy. I really like that HubPages is here when I want to write something. I never was a big fan of writing for my eyes only, and this platform has done as much as I expected in terms of finding readers for my work.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Because people are free to choose their own topics on HubPages, other writers and readers are exposed to so many new things. I know I have! Thanks for reading and commenting, kelleyward.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I play some online games, but not the "biggies." I'm not really into fantasy role-playing..I'd prefer to do that on stage. ;-)

      However, I have become somewhat addicted to Hub Pages. I love to write, and I love having a platform that doesn't force me into a single niche. I can write on the vast variety of topic that interest me. And I consider myself lucky to have found a decent number of followers who seem to enjoy my offerings.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Hi Jason! This is a fantastic read! I'm also amazed at the sheer talent here at Hubpages! Each day I learn more about different writing styles and techniques. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this! Voted up and shared! Take care, Kelley

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Creative addictions are a far better thing than non-creative addictions! We could do worse. Thanks for stopping by, tillsontitan.

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      I know I have to stay away from games like D&D...played it years ago before it hit the computer at all. I probably should have stayed away from HP too but it's too late, I'm addicted. Whatever my reason and whatever the outcome I love being here. Your hub shows you are a good writer and you've made many interesting points. Voted up.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      It's not often life affords us the opportunity to mingle in an environment filled with people with likewise creative minds. I agree, no wonder it's so fun and interesting. Thanks for stopping by, praireprincess.

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Hello, Alecia Murphy. Dungeons and Dragons role-playing, unlike modern role-playing, usually involves a group of typical, working class people, who meet once a week to play on a table top. Law and Order and CSI would be disappointed. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      I completely agree that Hubpages is a lot of fun and pretty addictive, too! Thanks for a good perspective. No wonder I can't get enough of Hubpages!

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I'm not really into gaming and since I've seen some of those Law and Order/CSI episodes about people losing their mind among other things in Role Playing, I think I'll stick to #2. I agree that after probing the usual sites, it's easy to get bored if you like to have something creative to do. Great tips!

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Ruby H Rose.

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Yes, this is a wonderful place for us creative people to get it all out! Great hub, thanks!

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      No, I wouldn't want you to get wrapped up in an MMORPG, Sunshine625! We'd never see you again on HubPages :P

      Yeah, they'll probably have to toss me out to get rid of me, too. I enjoy the site, the people, the information and opinions. It's all good.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Jason, I'm not much of a gamer so I wouldn't do well with #1. I was a Zynga addict for awhile, but rehab was beneficial. Actually it was rehab that suggested #2 which is where I still am one year later. Fun hub!:)

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Thanks!

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Cool... Nice hub, well written. Voted UP

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      Jason Marovich 5 years ago from United States

      Hi lisa42. Those types of insults aimed at writing platforms usually come from people that have never used one themselves. They think people are only using sites like HubPages to get rich and famous without having to work. If they only knew...thanks for reading and commenting.

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      lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

      This is the first time I've ever heard of sites like HubPages being referred to as Internet diarrhea! lol Guess we'll just have to agree to disagree with those folks. :-)