Bill Hunter
I am Bill Hunter and this is my blog.
It was begun early in October 2020.
That was about eight months into the pandemic.

The name "Bill's Beard" was chosen because it is alliterative.... and my quarantine beard was at that time luxuriant.
In fact it was bigger and bushier than it had ever been before.
I wouldn't put it's unchecked growth down to laziness.
Its length became a measure of the time I'd spent in isolation and as it grew the more reluctant I became to undo all of the good work by shaving.

I reckon it's a beard of pleasingly uniform shade and splendid coverage.
With well-defined edges and totally free of unsightly patches it must surely be the envy of many a failed beardy!

Over the summer of 2020 my garden and a series of DIY projects kept me occupied, but with the onset of winter and no prospect of getting out of the house in the foreseeable future I decided to try my hand at blogging.
Around that time I'd also become increasingly exasperated with the content of social media, or more precisely Facebook.
Twitter I think is just about tolerable, but Facebook is an abomination.

So I decided that a blog might help fill a few hours of isolation.
Possibly my age is a factor, but it has proved far more time-consuming and challenging than I'd first anticipated.

I'm not a good writer.
My writing style is long-winded, laboured and lacks humour.
I get bogged down trying to decide upon the ideal choice of words and frequently refer to a thesaurus.
I don't recall having such difficulties as a university student.
It's possible my writing is better suited to factual academic work.
Hopefully my blogging technique will improve with practice and my posts become more readable.

To construct my blog I've used Google Blogger.
It is a free and reliable blogging platform.
I've posted some thoughts on the pros and cons of creating a blog with Blogger.

In putting together any blog I'm sure it's important to find an effective way for readers to navigate content and find posts which interest them.
My blog has three main menu headings...
  • "BLOG" which unsurprisingly takes visitors to my home page where readers can scroll through links to all posts.

  • "ABOUT" is the menu selection which links directly to the page you are currently reading.

  • "INDEX" directs readers to a page listing every blog post title from the latest to oldest.
The website sidebar again lists those menu options, but also includes what I've called an "Extended Menu" which further categorises blog topics.
So topics such as family, DIY, cue sports, football, gardening and more will eventually be added.
In addition there's a sidebar gadget linking archived posts under year and month of publication.

My very first blog post from October 2020 is 'pinned' to the top of the home page, however I regularly amend the date which heads that post to let readers know whenever any new content has been added.

Every blog post has a header image which reflects its content.
Those images have been 'cartoonised' using online software before publishing.
These are examples taken from my first few blog posts.

Bills Beard post header images

An 'image lightbox' comes with Blogger which means when images are selected by the reader they fill the screen as an overlay on top of the blog post.
So clicking on the animated image above will do just that.

Finally it's worth pointing out that although this website is located at williamalberthunter.blogspot.com the address billhunter.uk takes you to the same destination.
It is a little easier to remember.

At the foot of each post there's an option to add a reaction or to make a comment.
All content, including images, can be freely shared.


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