I used to be a writer.
Okay, I still am one, but I haven't really worked at it for a year. I tend to be attracted to sparkly things, and I enjoy the challenge of exploring something new.
In 2010 I tried NaNoWriMo - and finished! I wrote a part two of the story the next year and got both published - by a local micro-publisher. Sales have been 'modest' sales, mostly local, but they are available online and in libraries across Canada. I'm pleased with both novels.
Over the years I 'won' several more NaNoWriMo's, but left all the novels in first/second draft stage. I tried editing them but hated it, too many rules and constraints mixed in with the creativity. And no waiting publisher as an incentive.
I also wrote about 100 Flash Fiction stories, just as quick and dirty ways to explore a character or idea, done in only a few hours. I published them online and gathered both praise and constructive feedback. I liked both those things, as well as my sense of accomplishment in creating something.
I was probably putting 3-4 hours a day as I got into a project, often in a block at the start of the day. But - as I got more positive feedback on my novels, and read more about how to write well, my expectations for myself rose, so rather than fail, even after hours of tweaking, I stopped writing them. I tried getting back into writing several times, with the help of a great support group, ROW80, but lacked the motivation and quit/failed.
Writing is a solitary pursuit, but there are many good online support groups, as well as book clubs and sales where I can share tips with other writers, or just meet readers. I have some fans locally too, who often ask how my writing is going. I think they like knowing a writer.
Now I'm a streamer - meaning I play video games and stream online via Twitch for a few hours each day, sometimes a lot of hours. It's live, while chatting with 3-5 followers at a time in voice or text.
I mostly play a trucking game, using a wheel and pedals and multiple displays, exploring the world - Europe, North America, Russia, Brazil, etc. The maps are simplified, but still realistic and interesting. I enjoy the exploration, plus the challenge of mastering the driving, adding modifications for both maps and trucks, sharing tips and tricks with online friends, or just chatting about our day.
I find it very restful, like being sort of a Bob Ross to my fans, and I've gained enough expertise to be a help to others. Which is nice. It's a niche activity though, not something I can really share with friends up at my local, other than as a somewhat odd hobby they will tolerate. I have several hundred followers from around the world, though, and have made about $100 in donations in a year. I don't follow a schedule though, as this is more for my own entertainment.
So - which to do?
Writing -challenge, hard work, praise, accomplishment, doubts, some money, solitary, online and local fans. I'd like to write some new things, edit some old things, and publish. But I really doubt I could get back into it, after several false restarts.
Streaming -less challenge, more entertainment than work, restful, minimal money, praise from followers, only online fans. I'd like to gain even more followers, and be a little more structured but still keep it relaxed and fun. And limit my time.