Writing is fun, I enjoy it. The power of persuasion inherent in a well researched, well organized and well written piece can be powerful. It can also help us, personally, to organize our thoughts. My background as a Technical Writer has developed my communication skills in ways that I couldn’t have possibly imagined. By the time I was fifty, I had naturally started to apply those skills to the rest of my life.
At the same time, I also started to make a conscious effort to grow my personal interests. As I was earning more and found that I had some free time, I decided that life was about far more than work. I’ve had a lot of hobbies throughout my life, many focused around adventure or adrenaline. But many also served as a secondary income. These blog posts will be about my hobbies du jour. I will try to track and record my experiences, more for my benefit than for yours. If you are reading this, turn off the device that you are reading on and go outside. Most of the fun in life comes from chasing your dreams, not reading someone else’s.
Below, are a few pictures of previous hobbies that I have enjoyed.
Some hobbies from my past
Victoria Friends Meet-Up Group: In the summer of 2011 I was new to Victoria and I didn’t know too many people. Through a conversation with one of the few people I did know, we decided to join a social group to expand our social circle. Some quick research found that the largest social group in the city was called Victoria Friends Meet Up Group. We joined the group and immediately signed up for the Tuesday Night Pool event. By the end of 2011 I had organized a New Year’s party for the group. It was going to be the party of the year and a fund raiser for the local food bank. In the picture, I’m the man on the right. The party was a smash hit. In early 2012, the former owner of the group moved away and left the group to me and two friends, as a Leadership Group. Within months one of us quit. Not too long after that, the other person was diagnosed with cancer and quit. That left the group entirely to me. While I had made some good friends among the hundreds of people that I had met, I took on the challenge of running the group alone. I had no idea how much of my time it would take. But, I rarely back away from a challenge. And so, with complete autonomy, I set out to grow and develop the largest social group in the city.
I began to work on the group on two separate fronts. The first was posting fun events to get people involved and get them out of the house for some socializing. The second was to drive efficiencies to minimize the effort of running the group while maximizing the $15 annual fees that paid to be in the group. Little Meet Up groups like this never make money, they are always volunteer endeavors, right? It turns out that they do not have to be volunteer. I wrote software that cycles through the membership lists and send out reminder for people to pay their membership dues. The moment that I started running my app weekly, the money started to come in consistently. For about five years the group provided a part-time income and an endless supply of friends and social engagements.
Some hobbies from my distant past; Ontario, Canada (1987 – 2007)