The hobbies I've stuck with longest were ones that increased my social capital. I just learned that phrase and I like it immensely. In this context, it means the assets that make you valuable to other people. I wonder if that's something everybody prioritizes in a hobby, or if it particularly appeals to a certain subset, or what. Anyway, social dancing got me comfortable with walking up to people to ask them to play and sharpened up some of my concepts of etiquette. Organizing meetups showed me that a little bit of initiative to post a date and pick a venue magically makes you a leader, and sometimes positions you as an expert, and you won't have to find people to talk to because they're all coming to you. Blogging has given me a reason to talk to and celebrate other archers in our community, showcasing how people in Toronto bring things to archery like crafting (see the neat pen Aviva made?), culture, competitiveness, inventiveness, different new and old disciplines, various identities. In return, I've been welcomed to try a lot of cool things and found a very warm community among archers. Maybe those are things you'd like to have, too?
Like I've done before, after I write my piece on Oktoberfest next week, I'm going to put the blog to sleep for the year. This time, I'm not really sure if I'll pick it up again in the spring. I know there are lots more stories to tell. For me, it's time to shake things up. But if there are people who'd like to be contributors, I'm willing to invest in you if you're willing to write an article every so often - a few people who'd each like to write an entry a month would be great. And I'll vouch for the fact that it'll build, and give you great returns on, your social capital.
If you're interested, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.