Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bryan from Still Unfinished

Please welcome our first guest blogger on BBI, Bryan, who blogs at Still Unfinished.  You might also recognize Bryan as one of the moderators of the Book Bloggers Discussion Group.  Welcome, Bryan!


I am a book blogger. I am not a book blogger. OK, OK, I AM!

bart-simpson-generator Okay already, I, Bryan G. Robinson of the blog Still Unfinished, AM a book blogger! I am NOT ONLY a book blogger, but I am still a book blogger. It wasn't always that way.

When I began blogging in October 2005, I was chronicling my journey toward a marathon by the time I was 40. I was 37 at the time and I completed a 25 mile trail hike in 2007. Over the next few years, I had a number of blogs, ranging in subjects from running to books to spirituality to humor, including one with all four subjects.

Last year, I started the blog, Still Unfinished, the name being a take-off from the name of my previous blog, an unfinished person (in this unfinished universe), with the first part of the title being the online persona I went by, Unfinished Person. That title and moniker came from a quote by George Sheehan: " 'We live in an open universe,' said William James, 'in which uncertainty, choice, hypothesis, novelties and possibilities are natural.'  But if the universe is unfinished, so are we. Each one of us is, in fact, an open universe. Each one of us is a microcosm of uncertainty, choice, hypothesis, novelties and possibilities. Each one of us is an unfinished person in this unfinished universe. And each one of us feels an infinite and mysterious obligation to complete ourselves and somehow contribute to the completion of the universe." and since my life is still incomplete, I decided to keep the name.

When I do blog about books, I mostly blog about crime fiction or mysteries, but veer into YA and other genres from time to time.

On that previous blog, I kept track of my physical, mental and spiritual life, which included books. My blog is now at Still Unfinished, since my life is still incomplete. There, I primarily keep track of what I'm reading, what I'm watching, what I'm listening to, and what I'm photographing. On my Facebook profile, which is public, I chronicle my personal life; on my Google Plus profile, my reading life; and on Twitter and on listography, my reading and movie-watching life. Oh, since this is for Book Bloggers International, I guess I should mention from where I'm blogging: Pennsyltucky, i.e. northern Pennsylvania in the U.S. of A. We're not all backwards here, we just walk and talk that way. That's why we believe in backward masking.


 


The blogger formerly known as
Unfinished Person




Thank you for joining us today, Bryan ! Remember to check out Bryan's blog, Still Unfinished, and leave a comment or question.

20 comments :

  1. So THAT's where your blog name came from! I've often wondered.

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  2. I'd wondered about your blog name, too. Interesting! I always enjoy your posts, Bryan. Plus, you seem like you'd be really fun to hang out with irl! :)

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  3. Paula, Monika: At the time I started the blog I was into running and the late Dr. Sheehan was an avid runner. I believe he started when he was in his 50s.

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  4. I knew about the origins of your blog, but it's always nice to revisit. We may all still be unfinished, but I still like you just the way you are. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. And I, you. :)

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  5. Bryan, Thank you so much for being the first one featured right here on BBI! I had not previously heard the reason for your name, but I absolutely love that quote. Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    1. You're welcome. It's STILL one of my favorite quotes.

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  6. Since I've known Bryan through many of his identity crises (which we have often connected over), I loved seeing this post. I also wasn't familiar with this site so I'm glad that he directed us this way! Look Bryan--no matter how we slice and dice it, those book bloggers will never be rid of us!! ;)

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  7. Nice to meet you Bryan, I've been over and checked out your new-to-me blog.

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  8. Oooh! My favorite blogger has been featured. And no...we're not related at all. Like he didn't sleep in a room across from my room for much of my life, driving me crazy, playing his music too loud and torturing me non-stop with his picking.

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  9. I've followed Bryan on Twitter for years, but never visited his blog. I'll have to check it out. Great post.

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    1. I've followed you on Twitter too, but haven't been to your blog either...well, maybe once, but now I'll have to check yours out too. :) Adding to my reader now...well, readers.

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  10. One of the most friendly bloggers out there!

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    1. Thanks, Suey. Right back at you...really.

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  11. It's nice to see Bryan featured here. I've been stalking him on Twitter for a while now ;)

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    1. I think I've been visiting your blog a bit lately too...I'm not sure about stalkish, though. :)

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  12. Bryan, it's good to know your real name after following the old and new Still Unfinished blog.

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  13. What a great quote Bryan as inspiration for your blog name. I love hearing stories about where blog names come from and what got people into blogging. Your blog is very unique and I've enjoyed the book bloggers do it better discussion group on community very much. Congrats on being the first BBI book blogger featured.

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