A friend of mine—a Renaissance man of sorts—writes a blog about fishing.
His latest post, entitled “The Right Stuff,” examines the equipment people need for their various hobbies and professions. Also a musician, this man likened fishing rods to guitars, as far as the selection of equipment based on one’s goals and skill levels goes.
While I know as little about casting a rod and reel as I do about playing the guitar, I found his post thought provoking. He discusses why a beginner shouldn’t begin with the most advanced—and often, most expensive—equipment and what considerations go into proper selection.
I know a fair number of golfers and have overheard my share of debate over the need for expensive equipment. My husband, a marathon runner, spends what he considers a lot of money to buy shoes and enter races and participate in running clubs. A cyclist friend pours his spare change into bikes and flying to Hawaii to watch the Ironman triathlon up close.
My friend’s blog got me thinking about my own hobbies.
In 1977 I got into crocheting. I spent about half of the $2.35 an hour I earned at the yarn store on acrylic yarn. Once I spent an exorbitant sum of $6.99 on a complete set of crochet hooks, which I still have but no longer use.
That’s it. Except for a couple of style guides, I don’t spend anything on my hobby. Perhaps it shows.
I suppose I could take up more hobbies, and then I could blog about those. Golf is out, as plaid does not become me. We’ve already established I lack musical and athletic talent, so neither a violin nor a tennis racket is an option.
I don’t care much for stamp collecting (sorry, Dad) or bird watching or scrapbooking.
As I look back on some of my most popular blog posts, I notice (and WordPress confirms) that the best stories came from travel experiences and mishaps.
Therefore, would it be reasonable to conclude that I’d be a better blogger if I had a bigger travel budget?
As I see it, my choice is either to buy more style guides (and new bookends!) or a plane ticket.
With any luck, things will go terribly wrong.