Welcome to The Dockyards!

About this website: how things actually started out (2009–2013)

This website was initially created as a separate personal blog on the WordPress blogging platform in late 2009. At that time, its main purpose was to represent a digital space where I was able to easily store articles on various subjects regarding the hobbies and diverse occupations or activities I had as a teenager (e.g. reading, gaming, listening to music, or kart racing).

Nonetheless, over the passing of time, it had slowly (but steadily) developed into something much more significant to me. That is exactly why I ultimately decided to take one step further with it in 2015 and turn it into a proper domain of its own, after a brief pause from blogging between 2011 to late 2014.

Therefore, all that you’ll see here still serves me (and, hopefully, can do the same for others as well) as a useful digital teaching platform (or a handy virtual environment) in which I was able to save various bits of information and knowledge so as to to try passing the everlasting test of time.

Initially designed as a predominantly history-related website, as of early 2018 I have been seriously considering changing its focus to a more broader, generalist one, which will also include many other articles on music and universal literature in the upcoming years.

Subsequent developments and transition to The Dockyards (2014–present)

It was in the autumn of 2014 that I decided to re-commence writing on a digital platform. In the meantime, I also tried to ‘refine’ my way of writing by learning as much as I could with respect to web design, in order to aesthetically match the content that I wrote about.

Briefly put, the vast majority of the articles on this website revolve around ancient and medieval history, but there is also a series of posts on sports, gaming, music, literature, and films. For more details on all constituent sections of this website please see the category drop-down menu on the right sidebar.

The decision of naming the website ‘The Dockyards’ was purely based on my constant, innermost fascination with the sea/ocean. In this particular respect, ever since the website was launched, I have been constantly using header images that depict the sea, ocean, or just water in general. For example, the current header image (as of March, 2018) depicts a compass standing still on a tree trunk near a waterfall.

Below you can see the header image history of the website:

Personal interests

Personally, I’m quite interested in PC/Macintosh video games, IT reviews, universal literature, music comprising a wide range of genres (from alternative rock to jazz rock fusion) as well as iPhone applications. Last but not least, I truly hope you’ll find this website as useful as possible for you as it is has been for me this far, so suit yourself and feel free to search anything you wanted to come here in the first place for.

Some of my favourite readings (novels, novellas, or volumes of short stories):

  • ‘Nadirs’ by Herta Müller
  • ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell
  • ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger
  • ‘Nine Stories’ by J.D. Salinger
  • ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • ‘The Dubliners’ by James Joyce
  • ‘Finnegans Wake’ by James Joyce
  • ‘Three Men in a Boat/Three Men on a Bummel’ by Jerome K. Jerome
  • ‘Pebble in the Sky’ by Isaac Asimov
  • ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury
  • ‘Brave New World’ by Aldous Huxley
  • ‘Shogun, Volumes I & II’ by James Clavell
  • ‘The Pigeon’ by Patrick Süskind
  • ‘Misreadings’ by Umberto Eco

Favourite quotes:

“If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he’s dead, then maybe he was a great man.”

James Dean

“So many books, so little time.”

Frank Zappa

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”

Ernest Hemingway

Contact e-mail: thedockyards@gmail.com


10 Responses to About

  1. Jakob says:

    You seem like an awesome guy! “history, geography, PC/Macintosh games and IT reviews, universal literature, music comprising a wide range of genres.” This is basically me!! minus Macintosh 😛

  2. iftekhar says:

    Hello, nice blog. How I can get update notice in my email?

  3. Ralph H. Calvert says:

    I am enjoying looking through some of the clippings. How can I get regular messages, downloads, etc. I find this site interesting.

    Thank you,

  4. Rachel says:

    So grateful to have discovered your blog! Thoroughly enjoying your posts on the Transylvanian Saxons… please keep ’em coming. As others have mentioned, it would be fantastic to have a way to subscribe and/or receive email notices. What a treasure! In agreement with Jakob – your interests are invariably on cue with those of mine. Greetings!

  5. Guido von Bernsdorff says:

    A very interesting blog, and nicely designed. I have been interested in Norden ever since I took an optional course of Swedish as a 4th foreign language at secondary school (We read En Hergårdssägen by S Lagerlöf by the end of that year).
    I have been reading this blog for a some weeks now, and I am looking forward to each new issue.
    I was struck by your mentioning “I started to … ‘refine’ my way of writing by learning as much as I could regarding the web design in order to aesthetically match the content … ”
    Could you possibly mention your sources? I have been thinking about starting a similar blog myself, but my utter lack of knowledge about web design held me back. I have a Mac.

    • author says:

      Thank you for reading the Dockyards. I am sorry for the long delay, but now I can answer your question.

      I’m currently using Silverclean lite, a theme developed by Iceable Themes. It features two widgetisable areas (sidebar and optional footer), as well as a custom menu location (known as navbar), a custom logo and favicon (i.e. website thumbnail), a customisable header image and last but not least a customisable background. In addition, the theme is responsive, meaning that it is compatible with and works well on all platforms (i.e. desktop, mobile and tablet)

      I’m still looking forward to creating my own theme for the website, but in the meantime I have been using this one. You can check the following link on how to create a personal blog/website: http://www.scandinaviastandard.com/a-very-scandi-guide-to-creating-your-own-blog/

      I hope it will be useful. Should you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

  6. Nice blog. Keep up the good work. Bra jobba.

  7. Hi,
    As you are interested in music and Viking Age history I will suggest a music project I think you might like. It is Irish and Norse traditional songs in conversation. This video is from the album Dubh agus Geal, Darkness and Light by Northern Lights. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwf_5VnhCQ4

    If you are interested in finding out more about this group you can start herehttp://www.lorcanmacmathuna.com/northernlights/index.htm
    Get in touch please for more info.

    All the best,

  8. Jinna Anderson says:

    Dear Author, I enjoyed reading An Overview on the History of the Vikings and of the Viking Age. Really did like it. May I suggest a few (at most, four) suggestions? I can put them into an e-mail for you, if you request. Each of these is a single-word, word-change suggestion. The suggested changes occur in the Section, Lifestyle, Trade, and Expansion.

    • author says:

      Thank you for reading The Dockyards and for your feedback! Any kind of suggestions are most welcome, so please do not hesitate to send yours via the e-mail address specified above. Once again, thank you for your time!

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