Not Interested in Your Hobby

collecting-hobby-icon-set-17981658For a long time, I felt that I’m alone, because I’m the kind of a person who like to have people around me, do whatever I like to do… But I wasn’t success in this.

I always used to try to convince my friends to join me with at least one of the activities I do, especially when I started Scuba Diving, I wanted my friends to experience the amazing experience i’m having, and also to have a company with me on the long road trips I used to do to reach a diving resort/center, but also it was an unsuccessful try.

Also when I started flying RC planes, noone even wants to go and watch, at least watch man,, NO ! …. so what I’m trying to say is the following:

It doesn’t matter if they are your friends, they might not be interested !

You might be totally into a hobby or a thingy you have, and you will feel that everyone around you should be interested and willing to listen to what you are telling about it, but NOT REALLY! … try once, if they didn’t ask you about it again, don’t mention it because they are bored of what you told them about the last time ! (even if you posted a video of yourself on instagram or youtube practicing, they might not even LIKE it !…. believe me ! a double click on the pic is too much for them if they don’t like it)

Create a group for each hobby.

You might have many interests and hobbies, you might like to wall climb, taste chocolate and play cards…
you might like to scuba dive, RC planes, road trips and photography (like myself) …..    so now I have a group of people (no need to be friends, but some of them will be in the future), and there is no need for them to know each others, RC pilots are your RC planes friends. I know it will be better if some of them do other hobbies with you, but it is so damn hard to merge between them.

Networking.

It is easier these days, to feel that you are not alone, and to feel that you are practicing your hobbies, specially when it is long time that you were super busy with your career or home duties that you are not able to get five hours for yourself to play cards, watch a movie or even visit cafe for a cup cake.

Unleash the Salesman inside you.

if you still not convinced and still want your friends to join you, try to sell your hobby to them a a product, not pushing it to their faces, but use the right marketing tools and marketing mix to attract them to it, if you have a friend who has low budget, don’t tell him the price !   if one of your friends doesn’t like long distances , don’t start with the place of your hobby, specially if it is far… but use the close places that you practice one of the hobbies you have.

The final option.

If you tried and tried and no one was interested, look at their hobbies and practice it with them, motivate them to do it in other places, other ways. And then wish that they like you more, and they want to get into your hobby zone.

The Other Side Of The Screen Is My World

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The other side of the screen is the world I want to live in, the other side of the computer screen is the world that I find myself in.

Since I was young, I had many ideas, and tried a lot of them, I have created a podcast website (msn space) before podcasts were there, and created a website (www.sawwarna.com) which I literately thought about its layout while I was sleeping. But life on internet and by internet has changed dramatically, and every three to four months, a new thing appears.

To start a fan base, and to deliver a content to this fan base, I have to focus on few social media platforms, but cover all the platforms to be able to attract larger number of followers, subscribers and readers.

we have very powerful tools to share to the world, but each tool has followers with different demographics, and a calendar of posts, quotes, updates and creation should not only determine the social media platform and the timing, also it should determine the type of content it should have, to whom it is directed, and what kind of marketing it requires .

all of these thoughts of mine are still not connected together, but I promise that I’m going to connect them together soon, specially with the different activities and posts types I do.

for the time being … I’m semi active on instagram, twitter, linkedinwordpress, and youtube… but I will try to cover snapchat, and facebook again.

the subjects that I’m welling to cover:

I’m hoping for the best, because I know and I’m very sure that my life will go for the best if I started doing what I really like and what I really want to be doing… an entrepreneur through the internet, I have other contact with a business model that I’m creating that will be a new thing insha’allah.

currently, follow me on:

instagram.com/abelhijazi

twitter.com/abelhijazi

youtube.com/abelhijazi

Reading a book

After all these digital words and paragraphs as I’m writing now, I had a confused thought about purchasing a new book. should I get it on my ipad or should I go to the library to purchase it from there ?

Then I started to remember my father’s opinion about books, how he holds the book, smell the papers, touch the cover and touch the pages, how he write notes, highlight and translate some words, my father has this philosophy about reading, so he is a very important reference to this issue.

 

I decided to purchase it as a physical book, and guess what ! I’m really happy with my decision, reading a book before sleeping though a paper is much acceptable by me than reading it through a screen with all the notifications jumping around

 

my new list of books is the following:

The Rules of Life – Richard Templar

Maps of My Life – Guy Browning

Obliquity – John Kay

Trading Up – Michael J. Silverstein and Neil Fiske

Confessions of a radical industrialist – Ray Anderson with Robin White

Confidence at Work – Ros Taylor

 

I’m a kind of reader who reads a little from each book, then jump to another book to read, so when i finish a book, I finish all the books together (3 to 4 at a time)

 

I might post my opinion about each book, because I’m trying a new method in blogging.

 

keep posted

Cute story from a workshop

Since I started giving workshops and training, I started to face very funny situations in the lecture room, between me and the students. One of the stories is that I was giving a workshop for kids, “Introduction to photography for kids” and a girl who really was good at photography asked me a question. I stepped to her group table and held her camera to tell her exactly what to do, and While i was talking to her, i felt something wierd on my hand !!

I looked at my hand and she was touching the hair of my hand !! hahaha, I was shocked and I started laughing, she is only 7 years old …..
This is one of the storied that I really find funny 😉

Scuba Diving

I know that it passed long time since I posted in my blog, but my work and my studies are taking a large part from my life, that i had no time to do any new activity or do any photography….

Actually I take pictures for my little daughter El Reem (check her fb page) , but it is too hot here in United Arab Emirates to go outdoor and take photos.

Also with the RC planes, it is too hot to go and fly, because I think the Lipo Battery would explode in such temperature so I’m keeping everything indoor until the weather get little cooler to fly the F22.

 

but the primary reason why I’m posting this, to tell about a new experience I had on my Birthday, when my beloved wife gave me a present (Open water Scuba Diving training from PADI) the international organization that gives certificates to dive anywhere in the world.

PADI is Professional Association of Divers Instructors, and this course would let me dive until 18 meters with all the gear and the tools to be safe, and to be prepared for any emergency in that deep.

I started training In Ras Al Khaima (RAK) – UAE far from my house 170 KM or more, since i live in the middle of the desert. and we went as a group of 6 + David the instructor, me Lebanese, one Indian, two Chinese married couple, one girl from New Zealand and another girl from south Africa. and we went to an old ship which is resting on about 8 meters deep in RAK since 30 years or more, so Imagine the living features down there.

 

it was interesting experience, and yet i didn’t;t finish my course, but I’m so motivated to finish, and then upgrade it to the 30 meters deep, I might get the GO PRO HD 2 to tape video underwater documenting my experience, and also keeping it as a memory for me and to share it with the online community….

HDR ing pictures

I know I know, we all love HDR, and not all of us know how to do it, but there are pretty much programs that can do it for you without any editing and any “HDRing” skills …. this post is not for teaching people how to create HDR pics, this post is for the People who know how to use the fancy programs …..

 

Dear “people who know how to do HDR”,

 

please stop it, please and please and please as much as needed to make you not being addicted to HDR every single picture you take, even with one exposure …. please stop it and think think and think before using any HDR program again.

I’ve seen alot of beautiful HDR pictures that can make you feel that you live in the picture, but 70% of these pictures are more beautiful before being “HDRed” … I want you to know that you are ADDICTED , and this is what makes most of your pictures looks NIONy and stupid and has alot of stupid lighting and alot of overdose of strength ….

what is addiction? is when you can’t stop doing something,

Is it something good or bad? addiction is bad, addiction stop the person’s sense
What abou tthe artistic  HDR pictures?  please tell me something, are you a photographer who can’t make his pictures artistic without HDRing ?

people, I’m telling you this not to say that I’m against HDR, I love HDR pictures and I use it in my pictures alot, but I take pictures that need HDR to be shown all, as a different lighting exposures in a few that i want to show it all, as a picture from indoor to outdoor with the need to show the indoor and the outdoor items, or a picture for a landscape where i need to show the reflection of the water as a real water…. or the lines on a piece of wood …. but some other pictures need some contrast changing only, or exposure without creating three or four pictures to create the HDR.

think clearly and use the HDR technique wisely and then choose one out of 15 pictures you like, and make it artistic HDR and that My friend will make you an HDR lover, not addicted…

 

Regards, 😀

sincerely someone who’ve got fed up from stupid HDR pics