Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

Fellow introvert M-R Creating-Yourselfonce asked me what I was going to do about the name of this blog when I turn 62.  I named this blog “61 Musings” because I started it when I turned 61 years young.  The good folks at WordPress would probably have something to say about a blog name that limited you, but I liked the sound of it and figured I’d worry about the next year when the next year rolled around.

Fast forward six months.  Now I have this successful blog about introverts.  My concern is not so much what happens when I turn 62 in six months, but how I’m going to continue to keep all of you entertained and engaged.  How do you keep on being creative?  What happens when the juices stop flowing, when writing ceases to be fun?  I haven’t hit that point yet, but the shadow of the thought lurks in the back of my mind every time I struggle for a topic.  Inspiration arrived suddenly via a “TED Talk of the day” email.  Elizabeth Gilbert to the rescue!

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Gilbert wrote the wildly successful book, “Eat, Pray, Love”.  I have to be honest.  I haven’t read the book, but I did enjoy the movie with Julia Roberts.  I’m going to read the book now, just because she inspired me.

Please enjoy her TED Talk about finding your way back home again when you feel like you run out of your creative juice.  She’s funny.  She’s passionate.  She talks about rediscovering “whatever in this world you love more than yourself”.

Have a fabulous, sunny, quiet weekend filled with love and inspiration.   Hugs all around.

Hi.  I’m Chris.  I’m an introvert.  Look for my ongoing series celebrating introvert talents (Sunday), the Introverts Blog Quietly (IBQ) weekly writing prompt (Wednesday), introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime.    Come and share with like-minded introverts.  I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.


21 thoughts on “Success, failure and the drive to keep creating

  1. I usually take a blog break in the summer and over the winter holidays. That helps keep me from getting blog burnout. And I also give myself permission to skip my weekly post at other times if I have nothing to say. Takes the pressure off. 🙂

  2. And so it is: Stay true to yourself. Possess your passion, indulge your passion. Do it for yourself and live with the results whatever they may be. This, at least, is my interpretation. I give myself permission to blog – or not. It comes when it comes, however it wishes.

  3. I think the name doesn’t have to change just because your age does, Chris, I like the sound of it too. I think it’s easier to create content when there’s a strong focus, as you have done with the topic of introversion. Best wishes on the continuing success, I really enjoy your blog! ;^)

  4. You will always be 61 years young 😀 If I ever feel pressured to write, I keep reminding myself that I write for enjoyment and not because I have to. But I keep on with the blog world by commenting on other’s, because a lot of the time I get ideas from reading theirs. Good post!

  5. Every week I think, “Oh no! I’ve got nothing left to say!” and then it just seems to keep coming, as it clearly does for you. I love reading about your 61 year discoveries. I’m sure your 62 years discoveries will be just as wonderful!

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  7. I’m sure you will find something inspiring to talk about… You are very amusing… Sometimes we go through dry spells which is normal… It always comes back… Have a lovely Sunday… Lor

  8. I just watched this TED Talk and loved what she had to say. I have recently gotten back to novel writing and felt like I was “coming home.” I had my daughter watch the video, too, because I think this is how she feels about soccer. She loves the game purely for the game and I want her to remember that as high school team try-outs approach. Whether she succeeds and gets on the team, or fails and doesn’t make it, I want her to remember that utimately, it’s about the joy of playing soccer. I hope she got the message.

  9. Chris, love what you say about LG’s Ted Talk and yes, you absolutely must read the book. The film is a lot of fun, but Liz Gilbert more than being a massively inspirational speaker, is a wonderful writer. For what it’s worth I love your 61Musings title and I really enjoy your writing. I find the WP community generous, embracing and encouraging. Having a strong dislike for labels of any sort, however, I do not like to call myself an ‘introvert’, even if on many occasions, I certainly feel like one 🙂 I much prefer the word introspective. Somehow It feels like a subtle, yet significant difference:) Off to hear Liz Gilbert speak today co-incidentally. How is that for synchronicity for you? Warmest wishes for a lazy Sunday.

  10. Chris, I have the same problem staring at me in July when I turn 63. My blog name is actually a default from my Gmail address which is a mash-up of my age and birth date. I picked that because I felt sure that that and my unusual last name would make it one of a kind. Rather than go through the hassle, I think I’ll keep it.

  11. You can always write about what inspires and challenges you. Adding your own thoughts to another person’s words can make them even more meaningful to your readers. Also I’m quite sure if you asked your readers for topics they would enjoy hearing your though ts on you would have plenty of material to keep you engaged. I hope you never ‘hit’ the wall because I enjoy your posts.


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