I’ll be honest, I’m not sure what separates a hobby from something more serious. Is DJing a hobby? Baking? Gaming? Hacking? Fucking?
If you spend a few hours a week on something, is that a hobby? What if you’re passionate about it, if it consumes you and you spend all your waking moments in pursuit of it? Is it still a hobby then?
I’ve got a thousand records or so, but I wouldn’t consider it a hobby. I’m not a record collector. I’m just someone who loves music, and records are a very enjoyable means to an end.
I don’t paint miniatures or collect stamps. I write music, take photographs now and then, play video games, go through a lot of books, listen to a lot of music, and have a lot of things to say about copyright.
I’ve been doing the online journal thing for fifteen years or so, and on the rare occasion write other things too. I used to develop and teach web design and computer security classes (and I think I was Canada’s first Certified Ethical Hacker instructor), and spend waaaaay too much time on Wikipedia.
Do those count?
Postscript: According to Harris Interactive, these are the 25 most popular hobbies and leisure activities in the US:
- TV watching
- Spending time with family/kids
- Computer activities
- Going to movies
- Playing team sports
- Exercise (aerobics, weights)
- Church/church activities
- Listening to music
- Watching sporting events
- Socializing with friends/neighbors
- Playing music
- Renting movies
- Eating out/dining out
- Crafts (unspecified)