Are you looking to start a new hobby or rekindle a past interest?  Do you need to improve some skills, while enjoying yourself doing what you love, value and look forward to?  Read my blog post to find 10 helpful online courses for new hobbyists.

As a self-improvement blogger, I find much value in having an avocation that I practice regularly.  Blogging is an example for me, as I gain much from it in various ways.  Pastimes are fun, interesting, and help for personal growth.  They’re great for self-improvement and self-care.  

Here are some pastimes that you can consider, with online course suggestions. I’ve broken them down into 3 sections, namely bookish, creative, and entertainment hobbies. 

My list of 10 distractions to consider:

bookish hobbies

1. Blogging

Blogging, vlogging, or podcasting are great ways to have an occupation and maybe even turn it into a side hustle.  At a professional level, people can make a full-time income out of it.  I started my self-improvement blog to help me with my life goals and even have been paid for my work.

2. Scrapbooking

This practice exists for many years.  Keeping photos of family, for example, is a way to preserve cherished memories, or to keep a visual journal instead of only writing.  Digital scrapbooking is often used.  I find that it’s an interesting alternative to storing paper, uses less space, less clutter, and can be accessed easily.

3. Ebooks

Writing ebooks could start as a pastime, but if taken seriously, you can make good money selling them.  You can use your blog or other platforms to sell them, free graphic designing tools to create them, and free spell-check.  For a more professional touch, use the paid versions of the apps.  


4. Coding

Learn the basics of coding if you’re not a professional.  It’s helpful knowledge and skill.  If you’re really into it, then why not consider becoming a software engineer?

Creative hobbies

5. Puppetry

Create your favorite puppets and use them for fun.  It can be amazing to give them a role and character.  Practice how to use them for a show.

6. Doll Making

Craft a doll of your choice.  Doll making can help you develop your hidden skills and learn more.  Keep them for yourself or gift them to dearest ones.  Why not sell them as well?

7. Candle making

Candles are lovely, cosy, and warm.  They can also have a scent.  Enjoy making them and then light up a room for a special occasion.

Entertainment hobbies

8. Grilling

Grilling is like an art and can result in tasty food to enjoy!  Need to choose the right grill for yourself? 

9. Piano

Piano playing is so soothing.  Music is great, and brings pure joy!  If you need to learn the piano, then go for it.

10. Guitar 

The guitar is another amazing instrument.  Learn to play if you’re new to it, or develop your skills if you’ve already started.  Learn, practice, have fun and impress close ones at home.

Choose your best diversion activity, learn the skills if you have to, and enjoy yourself while growing personally.  Best wishes!


To sum up, there are many types of hobbies to choose from.  Find the right one for yourself.  If you need to start by learning the skills, then online courses can be handy.  If you want to tell us about your diversion activities, please do leave a comment. If you know someone who needs to read my article, please share it.  Thank you!! 

10 helpful online courses for new hobbyists

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  1. It is amazing how many of these hobbies can turn into full time high paying gigs if you are good at them. For example, my brother in law had a hobby of puppetry as a teenager, which leads him to perform Kermit the Frog for 30 years… a pretty good gig?

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