In October 2011, I retired this blog and then later that year, in December 2011, I resurrected it. You can read the reasons why in each of those posts by clicking on the hyperlinks or you can read my summary here: life changes precipitated the initial closure of this blog and then I returned because of numbers. In the first post, I also talked about splintering myself into different blogs and different places and that is still occurring: Facebook profile and page, Twitter, Google+, GoodReads, Pinterest, Listography, Instagram, Riffle, SparkPeople plus another blog. I am literally all over the place and can’t keep up with myself.
All that said, now is the time to refocus on not only where I am, but who I am. By no means is my journey complete, but the initial reason that I started blogging on this blog is. I realize that what I wrote in March of this past year when I closed this blog again is still true: I have closed chapters on each of the three themes of body, mind and soul with which I started this blog. You can read the reasons why in that post by clicking on the hyperlink or you can read my summary here:
- When I began blogging with the blog Just A Running Fool in late October 2005, my goal was to chronicle my journey to reach a marathon by the time I was 40. In September 2007, I finished the 25-mile Bald Eagle Mountain Megatransect, which while short of a marathon, was at least as exhausting physically, mentally and spiritually as a marathon, and in essence completed that goal.
- Then in late April 2008, I began another now defunct blog Just A (Reading) Fool to keep track of what I had read, was reading and wanted to read. Yes, I still keep track of what I have read, am reading and want to read, but I am not strictly a book blogger and is why I ended that blog also. That chapter of my life, strictly as a book blogger, is over, even though I still am in contact with many book bloggers and I will continue to remain in contact with them.
- In December 2007, I began the now defunct blog Journeying with the Saints to chronicle the rest of a journey through The Spiritual Exercises Of St. Ignatius of Loyola that began in September 2007 and ended May 2008. There, I reflected on the Exercises first and then, after I was done with them, on other devotions with a special emphasis on the works of the saints– from Ignatius to St. John of the Cross and St. Benedict, to name a few– as well as sharing resources for devotions and the Exercises. I still find Ignatius’ Examen a worthwhile exercise to reflect on the week or even the day. However, within the last month, my wife and I both have decided that the Catholic Church to which we converted isn’t for us anymore. Thus closes another chapter.
So who am I? Yes, I still am an unfinished person in this unfinished universe, as I believe all of us are. I was, as I put in my description once at about.me, a blogger extraordinaire and still am a library assistant ordinaire. However, I want to be just a blogger ordinaire and a library assistant ordinaire. For that reason, I now can be found at only one blog, Still Unfinished, where I chronicle what I’m reading, what I’m watching, what I’m listening to and what I’m photographing under my blog persona Unfinished Person and on one Facebook profile under my real name. This blog will remain as an archive until I can figure out what else to do with it digitally.
In the near future, I also will be suspending my Facebook and Google+ pages, my GoodReads, Pinterest, listography and Riffle accounts as unfinished person. I am keeping myself on SparkPeople and Instagram (body and soul, if you believe that with taking a photograph, you can capture someone’s soul) and might reopen an account on listography under my real name (I love lists, but don’t necessarily need all the pictures like on Pinterest). As for Twitter, I’m leaving that up in the air until a later time, but will post an update here when, and if, I do make a change.
I still will be splintered, but in a lot less places and, for the most part, under my real name. For those of you who have regularly followed this blog, I hope you will continue to follow my other blog and if you can’t figure out how to comment there, please feel free to comment on my Facebook profile where I will put up links to each post. I still plan on participating in The Sunday Salon (perhaps the one carryover from this blog).
Bryan G. Robinson
December 7, 2012