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The End of "Look in a Book"?

Short answer: Yes.

Long answer: No.




I started this blog because I enjoyed analyzing literature and sharing my thoughts on it. I set up a site, got a few of my friends to join the team, and started writing..

I did this not to make money blogging, or even because it was fun (even though it is). I did it because I wanted to share with others my love of storytelling and literature as an art form.

I have always believed that purpose comes before execution, and as I said, my purpose was to build a community. I wanted these blog posts to be simple yet effective in thought-provoking ways, and I also wanted to use this to log my reading so that I could remember my thoughts on the books I read.

That worked... sort of.

The blog needs some major updates. I've been doing this for a while now, but over the last year, I haven't been investing much time into it, due to a busy schedule and more rigorous academics as I get older. So, the blog has not gotten to the point where I want it to be.

And that is perfectly fine; This is a journey, not an overnight success.

I want to take this one step at a time, which means first fixing the site's SEO (Search Engine Optimization), analytics, login features/memberships, backlinks, and expanding the site outward. I've gotten a few guest posts, but to truly have an active list of users and members of the site, I'm going to spread the news as far as I can.

However, while I am doing this, I'm taking a break from the writing aspect. Don't worry, it's only temporary while I rebuild Look in a Book. However, I still want to write, so that I can share with people what I've learned, and so that I can get even better at communicating ideas and working with other writers along the way.

So, I've decided to start a newsletter, just until I get the blog back up and running. It's called The Socrates Project, and instead of long blog posts, I'll write quick, bite-sized doses of content, straight to people's inboxes. Obviously, these will take a lot shorter to write, so I can focus on other things (Like fixing the blog), but I can guarantee there will be no drop in quality. This newsletter will post weekly for now.

The Socrates Project is named after the ancient Greek philosopher, Socrates. He believed that a life unexamined is not a life worth living. So, we'll examine life. I'll give new ideas and perspectives on what it means to be human, how we can improve ourselves and others, various aspects of culture today, and why you should become a New Orleans Saints fan. (Who Dat Nation!)

And to keep the collaborative aspect present, I'm gathering a team of other writers to post, too, that way there are more perspectives and it's easier to manage and operate.


Click here to sign up for the newsletter:

thesocratesproject.substack.com


That's all for now and happy (late) new year!

- Dilan Mehta



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