Wrapping up 2023 with thanks, a pledge, and a humble request

As we approach the end of this year, I’ve had some time to reflect on my experience writing this blog, an experience that has been an overall positive. It’s allowed me to explore various ideas that would not have fit cleanly in any traditional academic linguistics forums—either because they are out of step with the mainstream, too nebulous, or either loosely or not-at-all related to linguistics. It’s opened a few doors for me that may not have been otherwise opened for me. And it’s given me an opportunity to interact with folks that I might not have otherwise. For this, I’m grateful and I want to extend a thank you to everyone who reads this blog and everyone who has reached out to me about its content, either in the comments or over email.

I’ve also decided that I need to write and publish more regularly, so starting in 2024, I plan to post a bit of writing at least once every two weeks.

Finally, I’ve realized how happy I am to have (relatively) complete control over my publishing platform especially as I see corporate-controlled platforms continually “pivot” to try to profit off of writers’ work. Having control over my platform, however, has costs—server costs, that is. I’d rather not run ads beside my work, and I’m not yet ready to run a Patreon (or equivalent), so in the mean time, I have a request for you. If you’ve enjoyed my writing thus far and have the means, please consider extending some financial support here: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/milway. Any little bit will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for reading, and I’ll see you in 2024!