Merry Christmas — and an important message about the future of vee8

Hello everyone. I would just like to say thank you to everyone who continues to persevere with my increasingly sporadic updates. Merry Christmas to all of you who read, comment, tweet and email me. It really is a pleasure to communicate regularly with a great group of people.

As you may know, I have had a fairly odd and busy year. The bright side is that I recently found a job, meaning that my life is now a step closer to being in order.

However, this has inevitably meant that I have a lot less free time on my hands. When I first started vee8 a couple of years ago, it worked well because I had the time and energy to dedicate to updating it frequently. I was bowled over by how quickly I had gained a good readership.

But over the past year or so, as readers have no doubt noticed, I simply have not had the same time to dedicate towards running vee8. I have been thinking about how to deal with this in the future, and have considered a lot of different options.

I have decided that the best course of action now is to close down vee8. However, this is by no means the end of me writing about F1. It is just that from now on, you will find my writing over at doctorvee, where I wrote before setting up vee8.

I plan on writing about F1 just as much as I have done this year — perhaps even more. But now that I have less time on my hands, it does not make sense for me to maintain two separate blogs when I only write enough material for one.

The administrative burden of simply having a separate blog is surprisingly large. Every time I need to upgrade WordPress or a plugin or something breaks, my workload is double what it needs to be.

So in a lot of ways it will be the same material, just with a new home (or, if you think about it, the old home!). I will continue to maintain the separate Twitter account and the Delicious account. I gave up on the daily links updates a number of weeks ago, but I will find another use for the Delicious account.

I will also keep something up here at vee8 which will direct you to all of my F1-related activities. I may also end up writing about F1 elsewhere. This year I have written a few articles for F1 Fanatic, which I might continue next year. I may also appear in other places too.

In the meantime though, keep visiting vee8. I still have a few articles I want to publish here, looking back on the 2009 season. Rest assured that when I make the switch to publishing at doctorvee, it will be well signposted. This is just an advance warning. 🙂

So thanks for reading this year, and I hope you decide to continue reading in the new year. I hope you have a great Christmas period.

See also the Christmas message I published on doctorvee.


  1. Sorry to hear you’re winding things down here – of course you’re welcome to continue contributing articles to F1 Fanatic and I hope you do.

    Have a merry Christmas and a well-earned break!

  2. This is sad news, but at least you are not giving up, just changing URL.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Sad news, but understandable. I will miss vee8, but am glad you won’t be giving up completely on the F1-front. Have a very good Christmas, and all the best for 2010.

  4. Thanks for all your efforts Duncan. This has been the first site I’ve visited for F1 news for a while, and it’s introduced me to lots of other great sites. Love your articles too.

    Thanks for all your work, and hope the new job continues to go well.


  5. Thanks for all your kind comments everyone! I definitely will continue writing, so no worries on that front! 🙂

    I hope you all have a great Christmas.