This Is The End

As you may have noticed, there have been no updates to the Londoneer for some months now. There are several reasons for this:

Firstly, blogging on a regular basis stopped being fun and started to feel like a serious obligation. Admittedly, it was flattering to be treated like a professional journalist, but ultimately journalists use their craft to put food on the table – something which has proved to be beyond my grasp despite seven years of strenuous effort.

Secondly, I’ve been back in the education system for the last few months, albeit part-time, which has eaten into the free hours that I have outside my day job. I happen to be studying journalism (at Birkbeck), and take it from me that there is nothing like six months of classes with a somewhat cynical and seasoned hack to expose your shortcomings as a writer…

So, this is the end for the Londoneer. However, that’s not to say that I’m abandoning social media altogether – far from it. I am going to launch a new site in the near future, but I’ll be going back to first principles – recounting personal experiences of the visits that I make to odd places, sometimes thoughts on plays that I’ve seen or movies that I’ve watched. There will be no more previews, listings, sponsored posts or anything like that. Hopefully I can rediscover the enjoyment that I used to get from going out somewhere, snapping away with my camera and then simply sitting down at a keyboard and typing away when I got home – here’s hoping anyway! If you follow me on Twitter or Google Plus you’ll see these posts popping up in your stream soon.

Thank you for the many grateful comments and encouragement that you’ve given me over the years – it’s incredible to think that I started this way back in 2007! I hope that I’ve managed to give a little bit of online exposure to people and places that deserve a lot more than they currently get. I’ve also had the privilege of enjoying many experiences that would otherwise have remained out of my grasp, and I’m grateful for that.

See you around people…


I’ve now launched my new website, Londonative – go and check it out.

Just for the avoidance of doubt I’m planning to keep the site live for the next year or two – I know that there’s information scattered here and there amongst the posts which people find useful and which is difficult to locate elsewhere. If anyone wants to help me with the ongoing hosting costs I’m all ears.


  1. Frazer Irwin says

    I know thw feeling Pete. Have closed many blogs down over the years. Time is a strange thing. If we hadn't had railways we might not have hade 'time' as we know it today. At least we still have email contact and if ever you're up Ilkley and Yorkshire way drop me an email. Thanks for having me on board.

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words Frazer – I certainly will. When I think about it, I probably should have called time on this before I did. There are more adventures to come…

  2. says

    I had wondered where you were Pete and had correctly guessed both of your reasons (study and enjoyment). I thought your new job might have been super busy too. I'm sad to hear that you're leaving The Londoneer but fully support and understand your reasons. I have rarely run previews, for the reasons you've listed and have also gone back to just focusing on my own experiences. When I begin studying again (very soon), I will probably reduce my posts to one or two a month.

    Hope to catch up with you soon Pete!
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  3. says

    Sorry to see you finish this blog, however I look forward to catching up with your new public persona in the future.
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