I don’t believe in hobbies – if you are really passionate about something it should be your job.
Fascinating take and many of you may disagree with him but I have found what he says to be very true and I believe that many of us want to head in that direction – we want our hobbies, some of which provide great value and personal satisfaction, to also be our full time job.
The thing is that most people don’t want to consider it a J.O.B. so I liken it to simply being this: A source of income that can sustain your needs.
Do you believe this to be possible for you and your hobbies? One of the challenging questions for us as bloggers is this: Is blogging, as a hobby today, something that you are truly, 100% passionate about? Or is it something that you really enjoy (on the side) but not something that you’d admit to being “that thing” that really drives you daily?
The reason I ask is because most “hobby bloggers” that may eventually turn to monetization are not truly passionate about their craft to a point of being a job, which is fine as long as their financial expectations are understood and accepted. As a result you really can’t expect to become a professional blogger because you simply won’t put in the time as a hobby blogger to get to the financial level that’ll allow you to do it full time.
Are you setting your expectations too high? Are you shooting for the wrong goals? Are you fooling yourself and not allowing yourself to pursue other passions and interests that might yield something vastly more satisfying and/or more income? A fear of mine is that more bloggers are headed in the wrong direction when they could be spending time otherwise in more and better places.
My point is this: I simply don’t want to waste my time working in areas that won’t yield the greatest results, in areas that I’m not passionate about, and in areas that won’t provide for my family. Can we be so bold as to look for a better solution than what we currently have? Can we be brave enough to say that what we are currently doing is not enough? Can we admit that we’re not fully satisfied?
It might just be the first step toward a new career-hobby.