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Finding new ways to have fun in your free time isn’t always easy, now you can find something that might just fit you too. Once you’ve made your way through the movies on your bucket list, finished all the video games and watched all the TV shows online, it’s pretty much time to go to sleep.
And then the next day starts and you do the same thing all over again! But changing it up and trying something new can offer you a fresh perspective on things and even teach you some special new skills, try these suggestions for size.
Write a song for YouTube
Anyone these days can become a star overnight. With a couple of easy-to-use software installations, you can become the next Beyonce or JayZ.
Start with the music with Hookpad. This is a powerful songwriting tool for those who have a little knowledge of music theory but, regardless of your skill or knowledge, Hookpad helps you to hit the ground running and create an amazing piece of music.
So that’s the music sorted. What about the lyrics? Introducing Masterwriter, this songwriting tool features a database with all the information for recording a song; copyright information and, of course, publishing details.
But the real deal about this software is the rhyming dictionary, thesaurus and dictionary. So you suggest a sequence and the software says yay or no way man!
Putting words and music together couldn’t be simpler than with Ableton Suite. This software is both music and words, almost a combination of Hookpad and Masterwriter. Apparently, the most popular songwriting tool of the 21st century.
Working in both songwriting mode and production mode, it’s an interface and sampler blended together. It’s possible to make multiple recordings and the possibility to blend live music and recordings make this software very popular.
Learn How to Create a Gif
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Firstly, what is a gif? Gif stands for Graphics Interchange Format and is used in social media. It's basically the funny moving cat photo or baby pic. These animated gifs can be easily made on your phone. Use the step-by-step online guide to help. These are fun, but memes can go viral.
A meme is a funny picture that usually has a special flashing or moving graphics that are used on social media and are nearly always topical. Again follow the easy step-by-step instructions to release your humour on the world.
Write an Online Blog
I once saw a film, which was a true story, about a character who cooks her way through an entire series of famous cookbooks, commenting on each recipe on an online blog.
This blog was so popular with foodies that the author got a commission to write her own column in a newspaper and a fabulous series of cookbooks.
While cooking may not be your thing, think about what is your bag and start a journal or blog about it. You’ll be surprised to find there are other like-minded folks out there who like the same thing - no matter how obscure.
In fact, the more obscure the better! Especially if you’re looking to monetise your blog. Check out these weird titles for inspiration.
How to impress a girl (so far not so odd) at a dance in 1530 - historical pickup lines such as “ I haven’t eaten today so I will not have gas, do you want to dance” - yep, that’s apparently a real pick up line.
Pop Sonnets for the Masses takes modern-day pop songs and re-writes them into Shakespeare-speak. For example instead of “You” say “Thou” instead of “you all” say “thee”. My favourite by far is LMFAO original song title “Sexy and I Know It” reduced to - “For I am sexy, that I rightly know”. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.
Record a Jingle
If you sound like Brian Blessed or Joanna Lumley or even John Simm, voice over companies are crying out for unusual voices for radio and TV ads.
Who remembers the voice of the Big Brother House Marcus Bently? No! Not surprised you don’t know him, but his voice has been his fortune: widely mimicked and now a trademark.
Try the online freelancing platforms for this type of stay-at-home piece work. Want something more cultural?
Join a virtual tour
Right now with museums and art galleries closed, many of the exhibits have been taken online. So you can peruse through the Louvre in Paris or walk through the ruins in Rome online, led by guides who know every inch of the paintings and monuments on display.
Art, not your thing? No worries. NASA has launched tours of their rover on Mars online as well, so you can view the world around in a whole new way.
Finding new hobbies to keep us occupied is sometimes more work than we want to do. So that’s plenty of things to open your mind and keep your brain active as we try to navigate the new world around us. Have fun out there!
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