Russell Beattie calls it quits

Now that is a real pity:

“Well, I think it’s time to put this weblog to bed.

Yep, after four years and almost 3,000 posts I’ve decided to close up the Notebook. There’s lots of reasons, but generally this is a continuation of the full-reset I started back in January. At first I was actually thinking about just transitioning to a more of a weekly blog where I write less frequently and was sort of cleaning everything up with that in mind. But then I just decided that I really needed a break, and that I’d really much rather start from scratch at another URL some other time when I’m ready to write again. Lot less pressure that way to do something new later on, and a lot easier to get out of the habit of posting daily now.”

Whoa. Russell’s blog was a real inspiration to me (although we rarely ever agreed on matters ;) ), and it was him who kicked off the whole mobitopia thing, which introduced me to a whole lot of fine people. Blogging on mobile matters kept me in contact with all of these men and women, and it’s a real enrichment to my life. When Russell close, I already sensed a disturbance in the force – suddenly everybody went back to their own little corner in the blogosphere, and the collaboration was limited to chatting on IRC and Skype and exchanging interesting links.

I miss those days. Good luck, Russ – I’d appreciate if you could find another way to let us follow your tracks.

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