Should you continue with a shorthand course of study?
I say everyone should. Some say those who only want to really learn shorthand, other's say only those who are dedicated, one said only the "elite" should continue, and I've read only those who will use it in their profession.
However, there are many reasons to keep learning shorthand and reasons and why you can use shorthand. Continued learning will give you the best skill set to be able to use shorthand when you need to.
Even if your shorthand speed isn't what you think it should be, you can still continue with shorthand, if you'd like. There are some things that will help you with getting better. See the Intermediate Shorthand board for more help on that.
Remember it takes practice and doing to learn anything, shorthand is the same.
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
You may have found learning in two months (or one month in January), just a fun experiment and shorthand won't be part of your life. That's fine. There were several who took it in school when it was offered, just as a learning experience or something they might need later on.
You do learn more then just shorthand when you take the time to study it:
spelling. When you transcribe your shorthand you have to be able to spell correctly. Sometimes even spellcheck won't have an idea if you're not even close.
Vocabulary. You will increase your vocabulary by learning new words.
Grammar. This is the total of the above two, but more so. Even if you read the older books, you still learn how to put words together to form complete sentences. Some manuals have extra tips or lessons on this.
Fun stories and antidotes. You learn the fun things from the past that you may never have known. You may never have read some of the fables until you learned shorthand and read them in shorthand.
You get the point. So never feel like your time was wasted if you learned and don't continue.
"In fact, the more we learn, the more we remember, because we find new connections between old and new knowledge." --Scott Gosnell, Escaped neuroscientist