New Tech Hobbies to Try Out in 2021
A new year means a new opportunity to explore your passions and creativity. The pandemic has left us trapped inside for all of 2020, but that does not mean we have to live in the same routine that we have been for the past 9 months. Now is the time to commit yourself to try new things!
Finding an exciting new hobby does not have to be crafting or collecting or exercising. In fact, there are plenty of unique, technological hobbies that are fun and fulfilling. Here are some tech-based hobbies that you can try out in 2021.
Building your own computers is perhaps the nerd Holy Grail. Not only do you get to demonstrate your skills and knowledge of technology, but you also get the pride of knowing that you put something together.
Since this all your project, you can make the specifications of your computer work for you. You can increase the processing power and memory of your computer, and make a gaming or design computer that works for you. There are plenty of tutorials online that will walk you through the actual process of building the computer.
Doodling is a pure form of artistic expression usually confined to the margins of a high school history notebook. You can let your imagination run wild and create characters to keep you entertained during a lecture. It is not a far jump from doodling to creating art, and the art world has benefited from technology too.
Digital art creating is as easy as turning on your computer. Go old school and open up Microsoft Paint! Gimp is a free, open-service creative service that lets you edit pictures and draw. For a slightly more professional look, try out Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.
Maybe drawing is not what you are looking for, but you still have an eye for what looks good. Graphic design and logo making are creative outlets that you can work on digitally. Even fashion design is possible from a tech standpoint. Sketch out your looks, add patterns and then you can make it real at a fabric store.
Using keyboard shortcuts and your mouse or trackpad might get annoying after a while, so you may want to look into tablets for digital art. An iPad works well enough, but companies like Huion and Wacom have tablets and styluses specifically designed for digital drawing.
If you have always had a passion for movies and wanted to break into the business, now might be the perfect time to try. With TikTok and YouTube, filmmaking is not just for professionals anymore. You have an opportunity to create something you are proud of and share it with the world.
Of course, it takes money to make a movie, but You do not need a $356 million budget to make an epic action film. Phone have great cameras and personal laptops have plenty of programs. Maybe you want something a little better than iMovie and your phone camera. With a Sony Alpha a7 rental, you can try out professional-grade equipment at home, and with an Adobe Creative Suite free trial, you can edit an amazing project. There are options out there to begin your filmmaking journey.
Maybe the hardware of computer building does not interest you, but what about developing the software. Programming is not only marketable skill, it can also be a creative outlet. You can learn how to design a website, build operating systems, even create your own video game!
With programming projects like Raspberry Pi and Arduino, it is easier than ever to pick up programming as a hobby. Even if you are new and intimidated by starting, instruction guides, tutorials, and helpful communities exist online to guide you through the process.
It can be hard to shake off the funk of a year like 2020. Now that we have entered a new year, there are new opportunities to do something exciting or to pick up a new skill. Think about some of these tech-based activities and you will be on your way to an amazing 2021!
About the Author
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.