About my new website and blog

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I have decided to create this website and blog for myself, to let me explore more of what I find interesting about life, business, and martial arts, without having to represent another business or organisation. Furthermore, I felt it would be useful to have a website where I could showcase my skills and hopefully gain a little work in the process.

My training at university was actually in computer science, with an emphasis on programming. We did not spend a lot of time working on websites, unfortunately, but that is a set of skills I have developed since graduation. I find it very enjoyable to make a website; although I have to admit, the most fun is in writing it all from scratch in a text editor, and this time I decided just to make a WordPress installation to see what I could make WordPress do for me in addition to being a blog.

The first time I used WordPress was in 2011, when I created the Encased in Steel blog. Since then, it seems that WordPress has developed significantly, and the amount of support and useful plugins has increased dramatically. I look forward to exploring what functionality it has to offer now!

Things may change frequently for the next few months as I try to find the best way to display everything across the website. As I work on the overall shape of the website, the blog probably won’t receive too much attention at first, although I may be posting a few articles now and again as thoughts come to me. In due time I will be updating the blog on a more regular basis.



Keith Farrell is one of the senior instructors for the Academy of Historical Arts. He teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events, and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. He has authored "Scottish Broadsword and British Singlestick" and the "AHA German Longsword Study Guide", and is one of the regular contributors to the Encased in Steel online blog. He has been a member of HEMAC since 2011, and was awarded a HEMA Scholar Award for Best Instructor for research published in 2013.

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