5 Free Things You Can Learn Online

In the age of the internet, just about anything you want to learn is available with a few quick keystrokes. And, because it is believed people are inherently altruistic, you’ll often find tips and advice for just about everything online for free. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Here are a few suggested activities people of any age can try. With enough interest and practice, these might turn into a bonafide hobby. 

COOKING 101

You’ve cornered the market on boxed mac-and-cheese? Go you! However, you’ve secretly always dreamed of hosting a fete worthy of a Top Chef prize. Feast, an online community of food lovers and contributors, is a great place to start and offers a run-down on the best apps for learning how to cook. Start with something simple, or try recreating your favorite dish. Looking to broaden your social sphere? Invite a group of your besties to join in on the fun. Choose a theme and have guests bring ingredients. You’ll have fun experimenting and can sit down together to enjoy the fruits of your labor. 

LEARN TO DRAW

Never fancied yourself an artist? It’s ok. If you break it down to the basics, and give yourself a little time, you may be surprised. Drawspace is a free online tutorial with beginning courses in the fundamentals of drawing, shading, and color. It even offers advice on setting up your studio with the proper art supplies. Once you’re feeling confident, you can unlock their site for more courses. Need additional resources? Check out this list. With a little perseverance, you’ll be Leonardo da Vinci in no time. 

LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

Learning to play a musical instrument through online lessons is a relatively easy way to usurp initial stage fright. Close the door, power up the tutorials, and play your heart out. Perhaps you’ve always fancied something less traditional, such as flutes, tubas, or cellos. Finding something already well-played may prove more economical, especially if you’re just now taking yourself seriously. Reverb is a meaty online source for perusing and purchasing new and used instruments. Sort by type, brand and price range. Buying online may feel risky, so here are a few tips to make sure you get what you want. Once you’re feeling good about your new skills, invite your buddies over for a jam session. Playing with others is a great way to socialize! 

TAKE UP YARN CRAFTING

Knitting or crocheting can be a fun way to focus busy hands. They both utilize yarn or fiber, they both challenge hand-eye coordination, and both require patience. The internet offers a wellspring of how-to videos and enough free content to get you started. Check out this comprehensive list of top YouTube channels for tutorials on knitting, crocheting, and sewing. Grab some yarn, a quiet spot, and get to work! 

START A BLOG

Some of your best resources have been found online. You’ve poured hours into other people’s hobbyist sites. Perhaps you now have something to say. It is possible for you to create your own website for free. WebsiteBuilderExpert.com offers an extensive breakdown of the best free website builders on the market. Most have extensive tutorials that essentially hold your hand so you don’t have to go it alone. Share what you’re learning in the kitchen or create your own platform to broadcast your tuba lessons. There’s no dearth of opportunity to be heard. If you build it, they will come. 

Whether you’re looking to start a new hobby or simply wanting to kill some time, the internet offers a virtual treasure-trove of online tutorials, suggested apps lists, and subject matter experts to get you going.

Article Provided By Guest Blogger:

Julie Morris | Life and Career Coach | www.juliemorris.org

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