About Me

Hi.  I’m Chris, and I’m an introvert.

Don’t go looking for any cute pictures of me because (a) I didn’t inherit any photogenic genes from my parents and (b) being in the limelight is exhausting so I’ve learned to keep a low profile.  (I’m the one in the red shirt.  My friend on the right is one of my favorite animals, an alpaca.  Not a pet, I’m sorry to say, although Cee and I have dreamed about having an alpaca farm.)121013 memory (5)

I started this blog on October 26th, 2013, and didn’t know what to do with it.  I tried to write interesting things and labored for hours over each post, but no one read them.  It didn’t seem worth the huge amount of effort.  For all of that, reaching out to people seemed important to me.  Can you understand that?

Fast forward to January 26th.  I didn’t want to write.  I was at a crossroads.  Either give up this silly endeavor or stick it out and keep trying, fruitlessly.  I was in a funk and didn’t want to talk to anyone, so I wrote a landmark post, I’m Having An Introvert Day, and my world went spinning off into an unimaginably wonderful direction.

I decided that if I’m going to write about it, then I should do a little research first.  (That is a common trait for introverts, I’ve found out.)  I found out that Introvert = someone who needs quiet, alone, down time in order to recharge their energy.  Wow!  Eureka!  The more I read, the more excited I became.  All those things about me that I thought were strange, sometimes annoying quirks were being explained to me by strangers.  Authors Susan Cain, Marti Laney and Beth Buelow were making sense of my world.  Homecoming!  I was on a new and passionate mission to learn and share what being an introvert truly means, both for my own comfort and peace, and to share with all of you, my introverted friends.  Update:  I came in as an INTJ on the Myers-Briggs test.

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January 1, 2014 (my original About Me page):

There is a lot to say about me and why blogging is both an intrigue and a nemesis of mine.  I love the idea of being able to talk with people all over the world, share values, ideas and philosophies.  Tell funny stories, uplifting tales.  Display beauty.  Seek wisdom.  The internet is a living breathing library, a growing record of human thought.  But for all of that, when it comes time to put post something I never know what to say.  I take it too seriously.  I try to craft a message for the ages.

That, I am discovering, is a bunch of hooey.  Life is all about having fun, so I’m going to do a “having fun” blog.  As I find things that are interesting, unusual, uplifting or just plain good ideas, I’m going to pass them along to any one who wants to read them.  I hope you enjoy it.  Drop me a note if you do.  I would love to hear from you.

202 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Chris, thanks for following WoollyMuses blog. I must say that I agree with your comments about having fun and not being too serious. I look forward to reading more of your blog..

  2. So glad you visited my blog so I could check out your writing. I look forward to your posts. Sue
    Womenlivinglifeafter50.com

  3. Thanks for visiting and following my blog “Eyes to Heart.” … You’re right, we need to emphasize the fun in life. Look forward to sharing some of yours … Be well and Happy New Year!!! Dorothy 🙂

  4. Thanks for the follow. I have a similar writing problem in that I want my writing to be perfect and “for the ages.” Between us, we should have a few ages down by now 🙂

  5. Thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best. Best

    Regards,
    Harold

  6. This is totally me…. I take things so seriously at times. And I seem to struggle with writer’s block.
    I mean really, we all have something we want to say (not always publicly of course), but from time to time we want our voices (or thoughts) heard.
    Blogging should be fun, not a chore. =)

  7. I had the same thought as you when I started my blog – everything had to be very meaningful or funny and be written for my “audience”.
    I have since reached the same point as you – it’s supposed to be fun!

  8. Hello. I just ambled over here to say thanks for the like and follow. This blogging has got very exciting and inspiring me to write more, so…yes, thanks for being part of that. I do like your writings and the Llama picture is very cute! 🙂

  9. Hi Chris, I just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the lighthouse award. I think you are truly deserving of it. You have such a varied range of interests and your posts never fail to hold me to the end. With this award I was particularly thinking of the work you do with the grief stricken children. I wrote a long comment in response to that post while I was in bed. Obviously tired I somehow reached the end, hit the wrong button and lost it. That post hasn’t left me and not only did it brighten my world but you are brightening the world of all those children. Cheers Irene

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  11. Thank you for “Liking” the post, “My Life In A Hole”. Streets Of Our World, on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,
    Harold

  12. Hello Chris! I want to thank you for liking my post “Door to the past: Outside of Presidio Building”, and specially for following my blogs “Exploring the world: photography, travel, art” and “Crumbs Sugar Cookie and Pillow Featherbed Twins. The adventures”.
    Have a great day!
    Kind greetings,
    Marianne

  13. This is one of the best “about” pages I have ever read. A “having fun blog” sounds wonderful to me. 🙂 Thank you for following my blog; it led to me yours and I am enjoying your posts!

  14. Thanks for following my blog Find Your Middle ground! I love your view on life … sounds v familiar 😉
    We both seem to be on a journey of lightening up while we help others to lighten up too!

  15. Hi 61musings, thanks for following my blog! I am happy and honored that you show an interest in my writing. I enjoyed reading your “about” page, especially the part that too often you took blogging too seriously, and now you decided to focus only on the fun of writing, and finding uplifting, inspiring and interesting stories. I am curious what to read next.

  16. Hello 61musings! Delighted you stumbled across my path and that you enjoyed my stuff enough to Follow. Much appreciated. Thank you very much. Looks Like you have loads of interesting stuff to read, and ME/CFS allowing I’ll work my through it and am looking forward to it. It is all about fun, I agree! Well said. TTFN, thank you again, and stay well. Best wishes, R

  17. I had to giggle as soon as I saw your subtitle. I’m almost 60, and think the same way! I think I’m going to love your blog; from what I’ve seen so far you may become my favourite. Thanks for following mine, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m sure I’m going to enjoy yours!

  18. Oh I totally love this already! I relate with hilarity to wanting to write blog posts “for the ages”–brimful of wisdom, etc etc etc blah blah blah. Thing is, with our words available to the whole world, there’s often at least one–usually more–readers who do take away something meaningful and beneficial from what we write. I try to encourage and entertain–and I rarely have “introvert moments” (only when I crash and burn–delete blog and immed start a new one! Crazy? yes I am, and almost proud of it); but I also do a lot of “lost love” poems….which are fairly popular, as most of us have one. Anyway, I’m babbling away….I’m 61 also, but usually feel about 14, maybe 16. Okay, see ya ’round!

  19. Thanks for visiting our blog and for following too! We love reading and have a mountain of books to get through but LOVE getting more ideas for books so will be keeping a close eye on your Reading Challenge 🙂

  20. Howdy! First I would like to express my warmest thanks for following my blog, Chasing the Stars. I truly appreciate it. Second, I would like to commend you on the reading challenges in your blog. May you have a great time in the blogosphere. 🙂

  21. Hi! Thank you so much for following my blog. Love to hear what you think about the book Wild, see that you are currently reading. I keep meaning to pick it up to read. I love your reading challenge!

  22. Life is full of hooey, am I right? What to spend time fashioning with care and what to simply throw out into the universe…
    I’m looking forward to checking out your blog and thank you for the follow.
    jen

  23. Hi. Thanks for the like and for following my blog, my dearest cassandra. I love the opportunity to discover blogs like yours. Your Introvert Unmasked post was brilliant and very insightful. Years ago, I took the Meyers-Briggs assessment with my husband and we discovered we are both introverts. Now, we have teen-age twins, one extrovert, one introvert. It’s challenging to get that down time to recharge when their days are so hectic and require parental assistance.

  24. Thank you for following my blog; it is very much appreciated. I like the blog you’ve set up here, some interesting reads – I look forward to being able to read more of it.

  25. I can absolutely identify with your obsession with the perfect post. I have pushed myself this week to post once a day for the first time in my two years of blogging. I have nearly deleted and given up countless times.
    That being said, I like the aspects of reaching out through blogging much as you appear to. Also, I love the introverts perspective, as I believe that to be my own perspective on many things. Alas, as the oldest of my siblings and the unofficially elected spokesperson of the group, I learned to mask things and put up a front. Now at times I find it hard to be real.
    I look forward to reading more of your work.

  26. Thanks for the follow, Chris. Keep an eye on my blog in the coming months as I have a project that aimed at folks like us…. and my publisher is even in Oregon. I write on my blog about mysteries, mystery writers and occasionally post a flash fiction mystery story. I once took a Myers Briggs that asked if I’d rather go to a party or read a book. Sound familiar? P.S. Could you tell me how you found my blog?

  27. Thank you, fellow introvert, for following my blog – I really appreciate it!
    I really enjoyed your pieces on introversion and I’m looking forward to reading your future posts! =)

  28. Thanks for being my first follower Chris! I’ve not shared it yet with anyone specifically, as I’m still getting a feel for doing this blogging thing…..but like you, I’m having fun doing it and learning about myself as I go. 🙂

  29. Thanks for subscribing to my blog! (And I hope it’ll give you a lot of fun, even if it gives me a lot of hard work 🙂 ) Well, I’ll be honest – I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love moving around with my camera trying to find motives that will agree with as many people around the world as possible. And I’m even older than you. A lot older, you might say! Strictly theoretically speaking, – I might even have been your dad 😀
    But I do agree: Having fun is important! You may do anything through life as long as you thrive in your present job. Even as pensioned it’s important to have something to do, something that forces you to engage and use your head. For me, it’s the camera! And on my blog you’ll find more than 2400 ‘full screen’ pictures from Norway. Please enjoy!

  30. Hey, you have a VERY cool blog. You had me as soon as I saw the reading challenges. Thanks for following my blog. I’m glad you did because it gave me the chance to check yours out.

  31. Thanks for visiting my blog! The gift of your visit is that now I have found your blog and what a wonderful blog it is. For sure, I’ll be coming back here again and again.

  32. 61 Musings, just done the Susan Cain test to find I am an “introvert”. Was interested to see where I would fit as I am outgoing but love a bit of solitude all at the same time. I think the truth is I am a bit of both. Wanted to come on over here to say thank you so much for putting a follow next too my blog as it is really appreciated. If you have any requests or suggestions just let me know. Hope you are enjoying your weekend. MM 🍀

  33. Thank you Chris for visiting and for the follow, I hope you’ll enjoy some of my posts. I like your writings and musings, I too seek wisdom in all kinds of muses. Good to know of you.

  34. Thanks for following The Vale of Soul-Making! I am intrigued with your reflections on introversion (being an introvert myself) and look forward to reading the rest of your posts.

  35. Thanks for the traffic. I was looking at my blog stats today, and I realized that a lot of people who read my blog read yours first. So thanks again

  36. Chris,
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and deciding to join me on my journey. I’m happy to have you follow along! I know just how you feel when it comes time to writing a post – I want to try and write the “perfect thing”…only to find out there is no such thing, and if there is, well, I’m not the one who is going to write it.
    All that said…I do enjoy “meeting” other people and reading about their adventures!
    Thanks again!
    Becky

  37. So Chris, I thought I had already welcomed you on board… but perhaps not, so I guess you have just become one of The Spikey’s, that small clan of folk known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    My aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures since the 70′s, as well as day to day happenings on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations on life as I see it. Of course, if you have any suggestions for me, I’d love to hear from you, serious.

    In return, I promise not to be overbearing with perhaps 2-3 posts a day tops. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again for your vote of confidence, and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

  38. Hello, Chris. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I’m having fun browsing through yours. I hope we’ll cross paths often in the blogosphere. Like you, I like to have fun in my blog. Sometimes, I do get a little opinionated about some things, though.

    Is that a pet you’re rubbing noses with in your gravatar?

  39. Thank you following me Chris. We have something in common, part of me is introverted and the other part was forced to be an extroverted. I was an advocate for my severely disabled son for 28 years which forced me to be extroverted. It served my purpose when i needed it. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  40. Thanks for dropping by. I found out by accident that I’m really an introvert, after years of everybody else telling me how much of an extrovert I was. It’s like a breath of fresh air knowing my real self. I’ll try and visit often 🙂

  41. Introvert = someone who needs quiet, alone, down time in order to recharge their energy. This is ME totally and I wish I lived near you to share once a week time as girl friend time. I have zero friends here and I love it that way, no drama! When they say all my friends live online they do as I perfer it that way.

  42. Thank you for the follow, it’s very encouraging.
    P.S. I’m a high functioning introvert…….. which confuses both me and everyone else. I also have an introverted son who is happiest in the back office fixing stuff while listening to music. He also understands the need to ‘get out there’ from time to time.
    Terry

  43. I researched alpaca farming when I lived in Massachusetts. My conclusions were 1) it appeared to be a closed economy in the US. ie, Farmers made money by selling or breeding their alpacas to other farmers, but not from, say, the wool. Apparently Peru overwhelms the US market for it. 2) One needs a lot of land, as in acres of it. I do not, and can’t afford to. 3) It helps to have a spouse / partner / sugardaddy with his/her own job that pays the bills, much like I found when researching how to make money from my arts and crafts.

    I’m also a high-functioning introvert to the point where coworkers call me a liar when I confess that I’d really not have any human contact, thank you very much. But I haven’t been able to make a career change.

    Also, many thanks for following my blog! Now if I could just convince people to leave comments on it!

  44. I’m somewhat introverted too. I don’t have a problem standing before a large group and doing a presentation, what makes me uncomfortable is social situations that require mingling and small talk. My wife is a real “people person” and sometimes has a hard time understanding the “me time” required to recharge my internal battery. So it sounds like you and I have that much in common.
    Thanks for signing up to follow my blog. I’ll try to keep it entertaining and amusing.

  45. I loved Susan Cain’s book. I call it my ‘bible,’ and the poor thing is dog-eared and marked up to the nth degree. As an INTJ it was such an eye-opener for me.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciate it!

  46. You had me with hooie! First, thanks for dropping by my website. Second, I can echo many of the sentiments you wrote above, and I will return to look at your work. My pleasure from responses to my writing is when readers tell me why and what and how they respond to what I write. I sometimes put something out there just to get response.

  47. This is cool! I’ve been blogging for 10 years, and yet… I’m not sure I’ve found “my voice” even now. I also am probably trying to be way too serious, but, I have my moments of fun.

    Thanks again for drawing me in. So much to discover here!

  48. Hello, it is nice to meet you. Thank you for following my blog. I’m glad you realize that blogging is fun. It shouldn’t be stressful. I appears that you are doing great. 🙂

  49. Hi! Thanks for following my blog 🙂
    I also love alpaca though I have only seen them on TV. And I remember that seeing a real alpaca was my big dream 🙂 Thanks for letting me remember a crazy and funny chilhood memory by showing a picture of alpaca 🙂

    Ziano

  50. Hi Chris – thanks for following my blog! Much appreciated. I also enjoy alpaca for several reasons, one of them being that they look like some of Dr Seuss’ characters, and I like Dr Seuss.
     
    thanks again & happy bologging! 🙂

  51. Hello! I luv the pic of you and the lil packeederme [ I know I spelled that word wrong but say it like you live in Ohio LOL) I can say that coz I was born and raised here but, it is . . . tooo cute. And, by that definition you gave up there ….. I am too!! I need to go off into the otherworldly realms and nature to recharge my battery!

  52. Hey Chris! I couldn’t remember if I shared a comment here. I don’t think I did as I didn’t see it among the hundreds left here. I have trouble keeping all yours and Cee’ s website stuff straight, LOL! I love your “About”. I am off to visit your space. Thanks for signing on to mine. Hugs, margie

  53. Thanks so much for following my blog, Oh, the Places We See! It means a lot that you like it enough to follow! I, too, feel that I am an introvert even though I can act like an extrovert when I train teachers (my job) or attend social functions. However, I get my energy from quiet times — sewing, reading, photographing, blogging, etc. Thanks for sharing who you are. Meeting others is part of the fun of the Internet! http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

  54. From one introvert to another: thanks for the follow! (took an effort – almost being extrovert there) You’ve got a great spin to your blog, very enjoyable. I found myself giggling a lot (hmmm… is that really introvert?)

  55. Wow Chris! did I need to read this “about you” page. I feel like I was reading something I would write myself…about myself. I am happy you are following my blog. I am following yours as well. I look forward to reading more. 🙂 Thank you!

  56. Seems that deep down introverts are the good writers and the funniest. As long as they are not seen and take their time laughing about their problems they write wonderfully.

  57. Hello, Chris!
    I’m excited to inform you that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! I truly admire your talent as a writer and want to share your inspirational work with the world!
    Should you choose to accept this award, please visit this link:
    http://artfullyaspiring.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/acceptance/
    -Copy the versatile blogger icon from this post so you can insert this into your own acceptance post.
    -Choose 7 random facts about yourself you wish to share and type these in for your readers.
    -Select your 10 favorite blogs you wish to nominate for the award, and add these as well to your post with a description of why you admire them.
    – Tell these bloggers you have nominated them for the award, and add a link.
    Please link back to my blog so I can read your wonderful acceptance speech! 🙂

    Sincerely
    Adelie

  58. Such a relief to find someone alike, I also gave writing and internet a try when I started off back in 1995, found it very interesting and extremely capturing, it being communication in exchanging words and not face to face ordeals, but it gradually faded for me because I did not find anybody like me, and found it again exhausting having been expected to ‘speak up’ all the time, situations much like in true life. It would be lovely to pick it up again, imagining sharing amongst people alike! Thank you for visiting me!

  59. You must have followed someone’s link to my blog and I’m glad you did. I’m an introvert, too, until … I find out that you like me and then I become somewhat of an extrovert. I’m the kind of person who can go to a party, not drink alcohol and have as much fun and do wild things that the imbibing folks do but can’t remember. I almost always speak my mind but my internal censer usually, and I mean “USUALLY but not always”, keeps my foot out of my mouth. I will frequently stand on the sidelines and watch what’s going on before I’ll try it myself (I’m thinking here of Zumba and other exercise/dance lessons.) I’m the one who goes off on tangents and comes up with different solutions that actually work or if they won’t trigger thoughts in others that do work. We introverts are more likely to see the consequences of actions that a good many extroverts disregard. We look ahead, as well as sideways and behind. Some might consider us scaredy cats because we won’t immediately jump on the current bandwagon. No, we just want to be sure that wagon is heading in the direction WE want to go. We don’t need other people’s company all the time.
    Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. DragonsLady (http://frncnseal585.wordpress.com)

  60. I love that you have found a space to allow you to be you and to share your insights with the world. Nothing wrong with wanting to be by yourself to recharge.

  61. Chris – I can’t tell you how fortunate I feel to come cross your page – for a blogger who’s new on the block this is a great piece. Very inspiring.
    And you must be the most extrovert – Introvert 😉

    Love,
    Aashita

  62. Hi Chris, I’ve been enjoying your blog. I’m so happy for you that it’s taken off. We have some big things in common. I’m a huge fan of TED talks (one which I will be posting off of soon) and of eastern holistic wellness medicine and exercise. Shoot me an email if you’re interested in guest authoring. I have some topics you can choose from. Address is my username (two words together) at gmail. You’ll see I have a dynamic, responsive readership. I’d be happy to promote your blog.

    Diana

  63. Hi Chris. I ran across your blog and really got into the theme. I am following now and will like to keep up on your posts! I am an introvert myself, I like to be alone at times and recharge, or meditate on things or just not have to interact. That is hard to do with a wife and six kids. That balance makes life very interesting.

  64. Just followed your link from Becca’s blog Chris ~ it’s great to meet another introvert with a similar tale to my own. I’m 64 (just) and have to keep consciously lightening up because I can get far too serious about having to be ‘perfect’! 🙂

  65. You made the right decision to just have fun. That’s the most important thing because, no matter what else a person might want to do through his blog, unless it is fun, it soon becomes drudgery, and he never quite accomplishes that “other thing” anyway. I have a couple blogs that I started for the purpose of offering ministry to people (I’m an ordained minister, so that’s just part of being me), and I have one that I started to introduce myself as an author and hopefully let people get to know me and my books. But I soon learned that, with both of those platforms and intentions, unless I had fun — and unless I could interact with all kinds of people in happy ways — there was no joy and no satisfying fruit from any of the work. So I’m making having fun a habit. And sometimes I post silly stuff, sometimes happy things, sometimes very serious and emotionally packed things, and sometimes junk. But whatever mood I’m in, at least I’m being the real me and enjoying every minute of it. I hope you are doing the same with your blog since you decided to make fun a priority. I really like your header button.

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