Do you have any hobbies?” I am sometimes asked. “Sure, I have hobbies, everybody has hobbies” I quickly answer. “Oh, what are your hobbies?” “Uh, well, let me get back with you on that.”
My hobbies have centered around my family and church. I’ve read thousands of books to my boys, if you count all the books I had to reread at their request, as they were growing up on topics from African animals to dinosaurs to biographies of great leaders and Christians. I rode bikes with them. I’ve snow and water skied, snowmobiled, played basketball, softball, etc.
Some of my friends like to deer hunt for a hobby, and others like to golf. My most recent hobby is blogging. Of course, I also see blogging as a ministry. I assign blogging to all my students whether he or she continues is his or her decision. But there is also a hobby aspect. That is why am I am reading Problogger by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. Both of these men are full-time bloggers.
Darren Rowse blogged for 12 months and saw little happen in his hobby. His ministry blog (www.livingroom.org.au/blog) grew to several thousand readers each day. He started a professional blog called http://digital-photography–school.com. After 19 months of hobby blogging he started part-time blogging and eventually created 20 other blogs. In September 2004, Darren launched ProBlogger.net and after two years of blogging, he went full-time blogging. ProBlogger.net is a blog about blogs which offers blogging tips. He later founded a blog network called b5media. Darren describes b5media as “a blog network with hundreds of blogs across numerous different verticals, including business, sport, entertainment, style and beauty, and technology.”
Chris Garrett’s blog is chrisg.com. Chris was a geek who evolved into a full-time blogger through building web-sites, co-authoring programming books, and freelance writing. Chris says his “biggest blogging achievement to date is probably having worked on Performancing.com before it was sold to Splashpress Media. I was one of the founding bloggers on the site. In the space of a year we took it from nothing to number 15 on the Technorati 100 list, had our software downloaded hundreds of thousands of times, and had more than 30,000 registered users.”
Let me know what your hobby/hobbies are.