Given the global crisis, everyone seems to have endless hours of time to kill. There are days where it seems that you may have exhausted all the television you could possibly watch on any streaming platform, read all the books, and you’re just bored out of your mind.
While few of us could abide by spending any more necessary online, it’s basically the only option we have to keep ourselves occupied. If you feel that you’ve exhausted all your options and are not sure what to do next, the following are some cool ways to enjoy your time online.
Start a Blog
Sure, you could journal on your own using pen and paper. But maybe in these very difficult times, you just want to find a way to connect with other people, even if it’s online. A blog allows you to share different ideas with the world at large, and it can basically be about anything you want. It’s an intensely personal endeavour and an excellent way of meeting others online while expressing yourself. Look into WordPress, or more visual-based blogs like Tumblr, or Instagram, Pinterest, and so on. Even if writing isn’t your skill, you can start a blog using mostly images for example.
Play Poker Online
Online gaming has become a lot more sophisticated than it was a few decades ago when we were mostly stuck playing endless rounds of Minecraft. Right now, you can play poker online, and betting on cards is maybe the most fun you can have on your computer screen. Online poker allows you to play with other gamers all over the world, and you can play with whatever stakes you like or feel comfortable with.
Learn a New Skill
There are many classes available online these days. You can take creative writing or nonfiction classes to help exercise that particular intellectual muscle. Or, you can take classes on DSLR photography, analog filmmaking, comic book illustration, pie baking, you name it. If you’re interested in learning something new, you’re bound to find a class for it online. This is maybe the best time to develop a new skill, since you have extra time, and lots of organizations or independent teachers have pivoted to offering their services online. So, if you feel that your intellectual muscles are atrophying, then sign up for a class as soon as you can.
Cook Through a Blog
There are tons of fun cooking blogs online right now. If you are tired of eating the same old every day or want to curb the number of times you order out, then teach yourself to cook and become more creative in the kitchen. You can do this by finding a fun blog that features recipes that match your taste, such as the ever-popular Smitten Kitchen, and make your way through the recipes available on that site. Of course, narrow things down a bit by choosing to focus on desserts, breakfast items, and so on.
Stream Fitness Classes
Just like everything else these days, lots of stuff has moved to the digital realm. Chief among them being your typical gym classes. If you’re bored and want to get fit, then look into streaming a few classes online.
You can do things that are more gentle on your body, such as low impact yoga, or you can take aerobic classes, dance classes, or even sign up for CrossFit. There are tons of classes available online these days for the health-conscious, so if you want to find something that will hit two birds with one stone, signing up for a fitness class or two will fit the bill.
Start a Podcast
If you’re a particularly enterprising soul, then starting a podcast may be an excellent way of redirecting so much of your own creative energies. Choose a topic you’re excited about and feel particularly well versed in, and start creating. The podcast world remains fairly open, and it’s a lot easier than you’d think to get your feet wet.
Join an Online Book Club
If you find yourself missing your old, in-person book club, you can try to find something online to help replicate the experience. It’s a great way to meet new people and read more exciting works that you may not have heard about otherwise. Also, the monthly scheduled meetings are a great way to break up the usual routine.
The internet remains an exciting place that opens the door to a variety of opportunities. There’s a lot of information at your fingertips, and plenty of things to do, and opportunities to develop new skills. So, if you’re feeling discouraged by the current state of affairs, and desperate to find another way to connect with others, then give any one of these ideas a try.