A tentative answer
Thanks for the feature David! :)
That's a lovely shoutout, thank you!
I've got mixed thoughts about newsletters, if I'm being honest. On the plus side, they're even easier to put together than blogs were, back in the day, and I like having a platform, even if it is limited to a handful of readers. On the other hand, I don't like the constant push to monetize even though I understand that's how Substack makes its money. I'd prefer a few more options in that regard, but that's for another day.
What I really wanted to respond to was this: "I might just meet my goal of doing this for one year, and stop. Or change the focus of the newsletter." As a reader, I'm going to ask that you not stop; as a writer, I'm going to recommend being willing to re-focus. I'm actually in year four of my newsletter and it has changed focus every year. That's one way of keeping it interesting for me. (To be clear, it's always language and learning-related, but the focus within that one broad category changes every year.)
Thanks as always for an interesting post and in particular for the shoutout.