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One hundred hours of hobby

A couple of days ago Goobertown Hobbies posted this video:

On the surface it’s simply a time lapse video showing Brent engaged in 100 hours of painting the contents of 4 Slaves to Darkness start collecting boxes.

I found the commentary more interesting than the video this time.

Brent challenged himself to think about what he might be doing with his time if not engaged in the hobby. The answer for the most part is either browsing social media or looking through news sites.

The time sink of social media has been on my mind a lot over the past couple of months. For whatever reason I became aware of the nights I was spending not painting and not playing computer games, but I was ‘occupied’ by essentially doing nothing.

Even now I’m more aware of it, it’s a hard habit to break. I think this is because it’s a way of doing nothing while pretending to myself I am doing something. I’m checking out other hobbyists. I’m joining in a discussion. I’m researching other artists. Rarely do I come away from an hour or two spent engaging with social media feeling I have participated in anything meaningful.

What this video has encouraged me to do is track my hobby time a little more closely, and see how long it takes me to get to 100 hours in the hobby. Now for me the hobby is not painting miniatures alone. So starting from today I’m going to track time spent painting, playing tabletop games, playing videogames, and writing blog articles. I’ll report back once I reach 100 hours.

11 comments on “One hundred hours of hobby

  1. Adeo
    January 21, 2021

    WordPress blogging is the only social media I use, but I still find myself reading the same stuff over and over again on news sites. Good luck with your challenge!

    • davekay
      January 21, 2021

      cheers, I will update on progress. I realised after posting this that if I averaged 1 hour of hobby time per day, it would take over three months to reach that 100 hours. We’ll see how I do!

  2. daggerandbrush
    January 21, 2021

    Neat idea. I want to cut down on non WP social media, too. As you say, doesn’t provide the gratifying feeling of finishing a blog lost, painting a miniature, drawing a map etc. It mostly doomscrolling these days in any case, so not even inspiring.

    • davekay
      January 21, 2021

      Yes, it’s a difficult habit to break, but I think the key is having something to do instead, and hopefully recording my hobby activity will provide that.

      • daggerandbrush
        January 21, 2021

        I think often there is plenty of other stuff one could do, but to sit down and start is harder than swiping ;). I try 30min a day of hobby, but with a toddler in the house something passive seems often the least effort.

  3. heretic30k
    January 22, 2021

    I do way too much social media doomscrolling at the moment – mainly while waiting for my daughter to drop off since she won’t fall asleep on her own at the moment without someone sat next to her. This is a timely reminder that I should undoubted be doing something/anything which would be more productive.

    • backtothehammer
      January 27, 2021

      I used to do that with my daughter. With my son, I subtly have one ear piece in and listen to podcasts instead 😁

  4. Azazel
    January 22, 2021

    I’ve spent a bit too much (okay, a lot too much) on twitter in the last month. Sadly, when you’re just looking for hobby stuff, the way the feed works there constantly drops in political stuff and people being morons and martyrs which gets you sidetracked.
    Sadly, it’s been one of the more effective ways of finding out updates on the state of lockdowns, virus movements and outbreaks and the like – and then there was the insurrection that led to a lot of interesting reading. Still, I’ve been off it for the last week or so and I’m much happier overall.
    Wordpress is an issue as well. It seems like I follow too many blogs, and the time it takes to read what is produced by the people who I *actually like* (who are like 90% of the people I follow on WP) is inordinate. Even posting myself and answering my own comments gets left behind when I’d much rather be painting or playing games (most of the time) – so they’ve gotten way behind as well.

    • davekay
      January 25, 2021

      I’m finding I’m better off with less social media, but even excluding WordPress that ‘less’ can still be an hour or more per day

  5. backtothehammer
    January 27, 2021

    I’ve had to exclude myself from certain hobby FB groups as too many users wind me up with moronic comments. I don’t mind Instagram as there are some cool models on there but I’ve found myself gravitating towards specialist forums more than any other medium as like WP they are less about transitory posting and more knowledge repositories.

    • davekay
      January 27, 2021

      Yes when you start asking yourself what you get back for the time put in on certain social media sites, the answer can be very little.

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