Hobbies

Here’s a word that makes me recoil: monetize.

As in, how can we monetize this blog, this bit of art-making, this penchant for scribbling poems at 3 a.m.? How can we turn this thing that gives us joy into a thing that gives us money?

How about, let’s just not.

Let’s let hobbies be hobbies. Things that we do for the sole pleasure of doing them. It seems especially important now, when everything everywhere is tipping us toward some sort of sales funnel.

Another term from which I recoil.

From Austin Kleon, on how the British may be better at enjoying hobbies than are those of us in the States: “As our empire crumbles, we would do well to observe how citizens of former empires enjoy a nice pint, a ramble, and a bit of tinkering.”

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