(StatePoint) Even if you’re the life of the party, making friends who share your enthusiasm for your hobbies is not always easy. Especially for those of us who have unusual interests. Baton twirling anybody?
While not all hobbies will easily win you friends like joining a sports team or forming a band, there are many new and old tools to help hook you up with like-minded people, no matter how obscure your interests are:
Can’t Beat ‘Em? Join ‘Em
If your friends never take your book recommendations, or they always decline your invitations to play tennis, it’s time join a club. Check message boards online or in your community for listings. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, post your own ad and start a club yourself!
Taking classes is also an excellent way to meet people with your hobbies. From dancing to photography to cooking, you’ll meet people and learn something too.
Having trouble finding a companion for the opera? Get up the courage and attend alone. There’s no shame in pursuing your interests solo. And once you’re there, you’ll be surrounded by people who have at least one thing in common with you. So be very friendly.
After all, there’s no better place to meet someone to take to the next event.
You may not find anyone in your community who shares your love of model rockets, but there’s an entire world of people out there, who you can meet “face-to-face” online.
“New tools are allowing people around the world to connect online in a very authentic way,” says Jamie Snider, Co-founder of Yowie.com, a video chatting website.
Consider joining a free site like Yowie.com , where users with common interests connect through group online video chats. Hold virtual club meetings and discussions from the comfort of your own home. The site not only enables virtual “face-to-face chats” but also allow you to share other media, like your favorite YouTube videos, mid-chat.
Look for a site that has measures of protection like privacy settings. Yowie, for example, has a reputation scoring system so you can make informed decisions about who you interact with on the site.
Volunteering is a great way to meet people who care about the same things as you. Stuff envelopes for a political campaign or serve food at a soup kitchen. There’s plenty of camaraderie to be had when you work with others toward a common cause.
Whether you’re looking to join a club, or just gain feedback on a project, take advantage of opportunities to connect with like-minded folks locally and globally.