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:
- October, 2016–May, 2017: The reconstructed Ósvör fishing outpost museum at Bolungarvík, north-western Iceland;
- October, 2015–October, 2016: The lighthouse from Reykjavik’s harbour (Nordurgardi)
- October, 2016–March, 2018: The black sand beach at Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland, highlighting the Reynisdrangar basalt rocks
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
“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
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