About

On The Dockyards: How Did This Project Actually Start? (2009–2013)


Welcome to The Dockyards! This was the initial logo of the website (used between early 2015 and late 2019).

In the old town of Sighișoara/Schäßburg (2015)

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 useful digital outlet through which I was able to easily publish and store media content as well as related articles on various subjects (most notably regarding the hobbies and diverse occupations or activities I had as a teenager).

Nonetheless, over the passing of time, this website had slowly (yet steadily) developed into something much more significant. That is exactly why I ultimately decided to take one step further with it in the Spring of 2015 and turn it into a proper domain of its own, after a brief hiatus from blogging which lasted between early 2012 to late 2014.

Therefore, all that any visitor will be able to see here still serves me (and, hopefully, can do the same for other like-minded people) as a useful digital teaching platform on which I was able to save various bits of information, some valuable knowledge as well as some fond memories.

Subsequent Development (2014–present)


It was in the Autumn of 2014 that I decided to re-commence writing on a digital platform, after a brief hiatus from blogging (as previously mentioned). In the meantime, I also tried to refine my way of writing by learning as much as I could with respect to web design, primarily 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 are also separate series of posts on sports, real-time strategy video games (within the larger category of IT & technology), music, literature, and even films. For more details on all of the constituent sections of this website please refer to the category drop-down menu on the right sidebar.

The new logo of the website (in use since late 2019 onwards)

The decision of naming the website ‘The Dockyards’ was purely based on my constant, innermost fascination with the sea or the ocean. In this particular regard, ever since The Dockyards 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 September, 2019) depicts a picturesque medieval castle close by the seaside in the Irish countryside.

Below you can also take a closer look at the header image history of the website (from 2016 until 2018):

The Purpose And Motivation For Maintaining The Dockyards


The main purpose for maintaining this website after all these years is to still share as much information as possible regarding the main topics that I decided to write about in the very beginning when this project was initially launched.

In this regard, my personal motivation has alway relied on bringing as many facts as possible closer to my readership while dispelling historical myths at the same time. Therefore, the main long term objective for The Dockyards as a growing website on the world wide web is to still find itself in the proper, truthful direction of historical accuracy combined with high quality content.

A Brief Personal Description: Personal Interests And Hobbies


Some of my most significant interests include universal literature, playing on a series of musical instruments (most notably the guitars and keyboards), listening to music comprising a wide range of genres (from alternative rock to jazz-rock fusion; one of the reasons why I’m also the webmaster of The Rockpedia), sketching, architecture history, cooking, and, for quite some time, occultism. In my spare time, I also do a lot of editing on Wikipedia primarily as a hobby, most notably on the English, French, and German versions. Additionally, here’s a list of some of my favourite readings (novels, novellas, and volumes of short stories):

  • ‘Nadirs’ (Niederungen) 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’ (Die Taube) by Patrick Süskind
  • ‘Misreadings’ by Umberto Eco

Some of my 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

Last but not least, I truly hope you will find this website as useful as possible for you as it is has proven to be for me, so suit yourself and feel free to search anything you wanted to come here for in the first place. Enjoy!


For work-related inquiries (e.g. guest posts or the like) please contact me over this e-mail address: [email protected] You can also check my Europass CV on my LinkedIn profile here.

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12 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,
    Ralph

  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.

    • Victor Rouă says:

      Thank you for reading the Dockyards. I sincerely apologize 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 areas where I can insert widgets (a sidebar and an 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 a customisable background. In addition, the theme is responsive, meaning that it is compatible with and works well on all digital platforms (i.e. desktop, mobile and tablet).

      I’m still looking forward to creating my own theme for this website but in the meantime I have been using this one. For more inspiration on the matter, I suggest you 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 for you. 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,
    Lorcán

  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.

    • Victor Rouă says:

      Thank you for reading The Dockyards and for your feedback on one of my articles! 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!

      • Gary Falk says:

        I would like to sign up for your blog. I haven’t found where you make that available

        • Victor Rouă says:

          Hello Gary,

          I apologize for the very long delay but I am now able to reply to your question. The only way you can subscribe to The Dockyards is by giving your e-mail address in the pop-up window in which you’re asked if you want to be a subscriber. You will then be able to subscribe to the website and get notifications via e-mail whenever a new article will be published. Thank you very much for your readership!

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