After five years, I've decided to stop updating this blog.
I've always loved writing on the internet. I've been doing it for half my life, it's helped shape my career, and I'm probably going to be doing it for the rest of my life. But, as everyone knows, traditional blogs are a dying medium. Despite how long Learn This Phrase has been around, and my efforts to update it regularly, it's getting fewer visits than ever. My analytics tell a depressing story of gradual decline (with the odd spike when a publisher or someone Twitter-famous has tweeted one of my posts). It's getting harder logistically too; this year, even finding somewhere to host photos has become difficult. Aside from all that, I'm busier than I used to be and have less time to assemble posts. Altogether, it's become a combination of chore and habit rather than something that's truly fun to do anymore.
So I'm saying goodbye to this blog (the existing posts will stay here), but I'll still be writing about books all over the internet. If you'd like to keep reading, here are some options:
- I'm writing a newsletter via Tinyletter – you can sign up for it here. Like my blog, it's mainly about books, with short reviews, monthly round-ups, what I'm looking forward to reading, links and photos.
- I'm going to continue updating Goodreads with longer reviews of (almost) everything I read.
- I'm on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
A big thank you to everyone who DID keep reading this thing for so long. I hope you'll stick with me in one way or another.