My website is live!

Hello, and welcome to my brand-new website!

My name is Gavin and I work as a writer, technical author and lexicographer. On this website you can view a portfolio of my work, learn about the services I offer and get in touch with me.

I’m also going to be blogging, of course. I know, I know, I’m a decade (or two) late to the bandwagon when it comes to blogging. I suppose that’s actually kind of funny considering all my professional roles involve working with words, but hey!

I have written professional blog posts for several companies before (that is a service I offer), but I thought it was about time I had some sort of personal presence on the web. So here we are!

What you can expect

On this blog I’m sure I’ll write the odd post about “professional” things, but I’m anticipating this will mainly be a personal blog where I write about the things that interest me.

(Of course, I do actually find my work interesting, so there’s bound to be a bit of overlap!)

One thing I love and have always loved is stories, whether in the form of books, television series, films or video games, so you can expect a bit of chat about things I’ve read or watched or played.

I do have a particular interest in young adult and children’s fiction (which makes sense, considering I’ve written a young adult novel). Stories for young people will probably emerge as a bit of a theme.

That’s cool and all, but if this place becomes too kid-focused, it might limit my ability to write about violent video games. 😬

Behind the scenes of this site

For the average reader, here’s where you should stop reading. Seriously! Things are about to get technical. Maybe you’d rather check out the portfolio or services pages instead?

Oh, still here? All right, well, seeing as I offer technical writing services and build documentation websites for software companies, I thought I should say a bit about how I went about creating this website.

Spoiler: I didn’t use WordPress. If I used WordPress, there wouldn’t be a lot to say, right?

No, I decided to use a static site generator. Specifically, I used Hugo. Hugo describes itself as “The world’s fastest framework for building websites” and, to be fair, I’ve found it to be really fast. It’s also super flexible and pretty fun to use.

As a starting point I used a theme by Themefisher but I tweaked it quite a lot, partly because I wanted to make the site my own, and partly because I was keen to really understand how Hugo works. I reckoned the best way to do that was to play around with every aspect of my Hugo project!

What I’ve created is a super lightweight solution that’s a breeze to update (so there’s no excuse if I don’t blog regularly!).

I’m hosting the site through GitHub Pages so hosting costs are minimal, which is nice. GitHub Pages is actually available on GitHub’s free plan, but me? I’m a PRO. 👨‍💼

Over and out

All right, that’s enough for now. There’s nothing more to say: I’ve launched a website to advertise my services. It’s literally what everyone does!

I’ll write another blog post soon – I’m thinking this will probably be a weekly thing – but in the meantime please do have a look around. And if you’d like to say hi, then please get in touch!

Image credit: Mike Enerio on Unsplash