About The Dockyards: How did it actually start (2009–2013)
This website was initially created as a separate personal blog by Romanian freelance writer Victor Rouă on the WordPress blogging platform in late 2009. At that time, its main purpose was to represent a digital space where the author was able to easily publish and store articles and media on various subjects regarding the hobbies and diverse occupations/activities he had as a teenager.
Nonetheless, over the passing of time, it had slowly (but steadily) developed into something much more significant. That is exactly why the author 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, dear reader, all that you will able to see here still serves me (and, hopefully, can do the same for other like-minded people) as a useful digital teaching tool through which I was able to save various bits of information, some valuable knowledge as well as some fond memories so as to successfully pass the everlasting test of time.
Subsequent development of the website (2014–present)
It was in the autumn of 2014 that I decided to re-commence writing on a digital platform and consequently return to one of my most pleasant activities, more specifically blogging. 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 is also separate series of posts on sports (mostly football), gaming (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 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 love and fascination for 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 September, 2019) depicts a picturesque medieval castle in the Irish countryside.
Below you can also take a closer look at 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
A few words on the author: personal interests and hobbies
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, one of the reasons why I’m also the webmaster of The Rockpedia) as well as mobile applications.
In my spare time, I also like sketching and drawing a lot, besides playing guitar and composing music. I also do a lot of editing on Wikipedia 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’ 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
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 thus far, so suit yourself and feel free to search anything you wanted to come here in the first place for!
For work-related inquiries (e.g. guest posting or the like) please contact me over this e-mail: [email protected]
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