One way the internet is great is that we can take traditional hobbies that are usually offline and expand them online. Here are a few of my favorites:
Whether you or your child is a comic book aficionado or cartoonist. Comiqs is a website that lets users create and share their comic-style stories with a community. I think this is a great way to get feedback, grow talent and have fun with comics online.
2. Twitter Fiction
I have played around with my own Twitter fiction with a twitter novel I am writing called “Murder at the Expo” about a murder mystery set at the Shanghai World Expo. If you love Twitter, fiction and writing, but do not think you could do a whole novel, this is a great way to write! You can literally do fifteen minutes a day and get a Twitter novel done.
There are literally thousands of cooking websites. I like Cookthink which helps you work with ingredients you already have lying around the house. It blends the offline kitchen with online help.
4. Community Writing
If you like writing, but a Twitter novel doesn’t appeal to you, you can also try webook. This is an online community where you can share your works, get feedback from other writers & readers, and find other books to read. Like a community of editors!
5. Language Learning
I have heard from many people that learning a new language is a great hobby, but can be quite lonely. I love Livemocha, which is a social networking site to practice with native speakers all around the world. They have almost all languages and it makes social networking learning.
6. Virtual Book Groups
If you love to read I have joined and started book clubs on Meetup. There are also tons of book sharing and trading websites where you can trade books and peek at other people’s shelves!
8. Arts And Crafts
Etsy is the best site for crafty people and you can make money selling your latest creations.
A great way to get feedback and read some great poetry is in online poetry forums. I also love TeenInk for teen writers.
10. Star Gazing
If you love star gazing, the online version is definitely Stellarium. This is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
We always want to have time offline, away from screens, but all of these virtual hobbies are a great way to stay engaged and creative.