The Language Closet Turns 4!

When I started out writing my experiences on this site back in 2016, I did not expect it to grow over time to have the reach it has today. Readers from all over the world, from Armenia to Zambia, and many places I wish to visit over time. Firstly, I would like to thank you for your support through reading my posts. It certainly does bring joy knowing my posts have sparked interest, or inspired people to learn foreign languages.

Early on, I had an on-off relationship with writing, and making regular blog posts was a new routine I sort of struggled with at the time. You may have noticed a large gap in posts between 2016 and 2017, as well as 2017 and 2020. Despite me being off the platform half the time, I realised that there was growth in interest in the posts I had written when I was active. My most popular post series then, and now, are on Writing in Africa, where I introduced some of the writing systems that originated in Africa, dispelling the myth that once thought of Africa as lacking in literary culture. I am glad to have stirred interests in these writing systems, and I hope you have learned a thing or two about them.

I have dedicated another post series on the writing systems in North America, where I present syllabaries and alphabets beyond the ABCs we commonly see in the USA and Canada. Gathering material to write about these brought a new level of appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity we have today. I would want to start a second series on Writing in Africa, touching on more obscure writing systems even fewer people know about, like the Nwagu Aneke script, used to write Igbo.

Recently, I have also made a new banner image, which now replaces the rustic landscape stock photo placeholder for close to four years. In its design, I chose 30 different writing systems at random, from ancient to present, and selected one character to write. The writing systems range from Ndebe, one of the newest writing systems I have come across, to Phoenician, one of the writing systems that gave rise to many alphabets we see today. Let’s see if you can identify them all!

During my time on this platform, I am proud to have some of these blog posts listed as a community resource on the Endangered Alphabets project, and linked to in some Quora posts. These achievements have served as milestones for my blog, and I do look forward to having opportunities to work with the Endangered Alphabets project for some future content. With this, I am motivated, and continue to be motivated, to write more content on this platform, to continue to spark interest in those curious, or are keen to learn a new language. I want to see this blog continue to grow.

I don’t want to stop.

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