What’s in a Name?

roseThat which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.
You may have noticed, if you pay attention to the address bar, that the domain of this site has changed, and it is pretty sweet! We are now almostsuremath.com, not almostsure.wordpress.com.
It would have been sweeter still to be almostsure.com, but the owner of that domain is not wanting to give it up. The new url contains the name of this site, and is descriptive, so is still pretty good.
It is not just a name change though. Ads have gone away! I dug into my pocket and found the £3 a month to get rid of ads and map my own domain here. Also, switching to the new domain opens up possibilities…such as a self hosted wordpress site, more customization, mathjax, etc.

Is this a Blog?

Well, according to the tagline, it is a “random mathematical blog”, and is hosted on the popular blogging platform, WordPress.com. According to Wikipedia, a blog is a

discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries (posts).

Most of the posts on this site are not especially discrete, consist of some quite formal maths, and are not at all diary style. According to wix.com, blogs are

regularly updated websites that provide essential insights into a certain topic.

I like to think think that this site provides essential insights into stochastic calculus and probability theory, but how regular is regular? Daily? To qualify, it should probably be weekly, at least. Here, I can go a month or so without updating. It has sometimes been significantly longer between updates. I try and write posts containing proper rigorous mathematics, and to explain things as well as I can. The style that I aim for in many of the posts here are not unlike you might see in published maths papers or in textbooks. These take some time, and I cannot just rush out a post containing detailed proofs and explanations of mathematical theory. It is not my job, just something that I like to do. I like to work through advanced maths subjects, prove results, and to get a good understanding of these. It would be possible to post weekly, but the style would not be the same and the mathematical content would be much reduced and at a shallower level, which is not what I would enjoy doing.

So, no, this is not a blog!

I should probably change the tagline. This is a random mathematical website. I would however like to change the style of the site a bit. The idea is to update with detailed maths posts, as always, but not on a weekly basis. However, I am inclined to also do some weekly updates. Just short updates on mathematical subjects, or anything related to this website. I’ll see how it goes…