About The Dockyards: How did it actually start (2009–2013)

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

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 new logo of The Dockyards (in use since late September, 2019). The circular symbol depicted herein is a triskelion, an ancient Celtic symbol that represents both balance between body, mind, and spirit as well as eternal evolution and continuous learning.  Designed by Victor Rouă.

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:

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.

A still nature drawing that I sketched back in secondary school.

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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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.

    • 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,

  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!

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