When I started blogging in 2014, I didn’t know what kind of blog I would have. I knew it wouldn’t be the same as everyone else. I wanted it to be different. I also didn’t want my life to be out there on the internet. I’m a private person and I don’t have anything interesting to say. I just wanted to write things down and share it with others. In the beginning, I was disappointed I didn’t get any likes. There are still blog posts that don’t get many. Like the last post. It only got 2 likes. Maybe some got a little more. Maybe I just don’t have anything new to say so I repeat things. You would think people would have time to read blogs right now but I guess not. It just feels like people only like the blog post picture and don’t read at all. Maybe I’m just expecting too much. This is already the 7th year and still, it feels like I’ve just begun. Whatever reason, I’m still gonna blog though because I’m doing it for me. And to practice English.
I’m not that excited about blogging like I used to be. I just feel I have nothing new to say. I’m a nomad because I don’t really know where I’m going with this blog anymore. Luckily I only blog as a hobby so I don’t have to write if I don’t feel like it. If I earned money for blogging it would feel forced to write something. Now I have a choice and if I don’t have anything to write then I don’t. Some people think blogging is for business only but you can also have it as a hobby. So not all nomads are lost. You can find your motivation at your own pace and that’s what blogging is all about. Making yourself feel good and maybe someone else will relate to you too.
Instruments don’t always mean something you play tunes with. I can play a real instrument like a recorder and a piano/synthesizer with one hand but that’s not what I had in mind. I mean the instruments/tools you use in your work or hobby. Even doctors and surgeons use instruments in their jobs but they are not for playing a song with. An instrument can also be a metaphor. For example, a parent knows how to handle their kids because they have an instrument/tool for it. They have a way to calm their kids and so on. The instruments I’m gonna write about is things mostly creative people use in their work.
From a writer point of view, a pencil and paper can be the instrument. Maybe not when blogging because then technical devices are being used. Or maybe someone does in some way but I don’t. When I write a story then I use pencil and paper because I can think better about the plot. Things that are hand-written is pretty rare these days. Even letters are written with some other instrument. The problem with writing by hand is the slowness and that your hand get tired. Sometimes I write on the laptop because it’s faster. I actually like writing on the keyboard. It’s easier to find mistakes because the computer is correcting automatically. And if there are words you don’t know how to spell, you can find them online. You can still do that when you write by hand but not that quickly.
Photographers, web and graphic designers also have instruments. Camera, photo editing etc. Adobe programs are the most used. It really depends on what kind of instruments you need and what you want to work with. I know Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver. Now I’m trying to learn After Effect where you can make animated stuff. It’s much harder to learn than I thought. It’s like video editing but more confusing. I still don’t really get it. I’ve tried to do tutorials but I haven’t got any decent results. But it’s still new to the whole thing so maybe I get it when I use it. People who are using it like pros and their work are great. I probably won’t use it to anything but it would be nice to at least know something about it. I’m not bravado enough to become a motion designer but it’s a skill there is no harm to have. I want to know how to play multiply instruments when it comes to design. I like to be as versatile as possible. It actually goes with the most things I do. I would get bored if I didn’t have a change from time to time.
I’m one of those people who can’t do things that don’t interest me. No one can tell me what to do. I can’t be rushed. You can suggest things but never force me to do anything because that won’t make me do anything faster. I’m self-indulgent and I’m unhappy if I can’t do things I enjoy doing. Sometimes you have to do things that aren’t fun though. What I like about being an adult the most is the freedom to do what I want. If I don’t feel like cleaning up, I won’t do it. The same with food. I can eat what I like without having to hear anyone complaining about it.
My blog is mostly about my interests so I don’t need to write them down separately. I’ve never really had a hobby when I was a kid. I disliked doing things in groups. My mother tried to put me in a gymnastic group but I didn’t want to be there. I was about 3 years and I didn’t want to join the others so she gave up. I tried handball in 6th grade but that wasn’t for me. They say kids need a hobby but it had no effect on me. I turned good even if I didn’t have anything special. It’s only in my adult life that I started a hobby. It’s more of an interest really. Like this blog. I write about my interests as a hobby. Doing individual things has always been my thing.
I write about my
interests as a hobby.
I like doing things alone. I go to the movies (when there’s something interesting) Writing is a good alone time. It’s easier to concentrate on doing things when no one is there to disturb your concentration. What I dislike the most are interruptions. I can concentrate if the music is on but if someone talks, it’s then I lose it. One of the reasons why I enjoy photography is the solitude. I don’t photograph people because then you can’t be quiet. The best is when you’re alone and there’s only the quiet keeping you company. I don’t need to be on the internet when I’m outside. I love using it but there must be a limit somewhere. I don’t even own a smartphone. Some people seem to find more interest in their mobiles than their own safety. I’m not chained to my phone that much.
I wish my interests would turn into a job but then are they any fun anymore, is another question. You hear stories where people have turned their hobby into a job. In a way that would be kinda nice to get paid for a hobby. Then it’s not really a hobby anymore. Getting money from your interest is more intriguing though. It makes you feel more professional and people take you seriously. It’s more enjoyable to do something you’re interested in. I’m not as passionate as I should be about my interests but I know what I’m good at. I also know where I need to improve. I really need someone who believes in my abilities because if no one will, I’ll never get close to my wishes.