Exactly 20 years ago I wrote my first blogpost, ‘a blogging 2004’. I wasn’t using WordPress yet (but something called pMachine), and this blog was not called ‘neverendingbooks’, but ‘matrix.ua.ac.be’ (the URL of the mac still running this blog).
At the time I wanted to find out whether blogging was something for me. “I’m just starting out. Give me a couple of weeks/months to develop my own style and topics and I’ll change the layout accordingly.”
Well, after 20 years I know what I can, and more important, what I cannot do within this framework. Time to move on.
There are other reasons why this might be the right time to pull the plug.
– I’m on retirement since October 1st and soon I’ll have to vacate my office, containing the webserver on which NeB runs.
– My days are filled with more activities now, and I don’t think you want to read here for example about my struggles with chestnut-farming.
– I like to explore other channels to talk about mathematics. This may happen on Mathstodon, MathOverflow or YouTube. Or it might be through teaching or writing a book, perhaps even a children’s book.
NeB will remain reachable until mid 2024. I’ll check out options to preserve its content after that (suggestions are welcome).
I wish you a better 2024.