32 County High Point Challenge

By Dillon Lynch

Hi there, my name is Dillon Lynch and I am ten years old from Kildorrery, County Cork. I am the youngest person to climb to the highest point of every county in Ireland. I coded a website to keep track of my progress, giving each county a page on my site with the route I used and pictures of the walk. To create my website I used skills learned at Coderdojo and online.

While doing the challenge I raised funds for Kildorrery Karate and Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services. To raise the money, I went around to local businesses and put an advert on my website if they sponsored me. To host my website we used GitHub.

As well as all the details of the 32 County High Point Challenge the website has a “2017 Adventures” page. On this page I keep track of all outdoor activities I do in 2017. I hope this might help people get outdoors walking, cycling, etc. when they see the routes, pictures and stories I post.

I also have a page about myself, one to explain the challenge, and a gallery. I have pages for awards and media coverage as well as a page with useful links. When I had the challenge completed I added a page to tell others what they needed if they wanted to do the challenge.

When making the website I had to overcome a lot of challenges. One of these challenges was to find a place to host my website for free. After a lot of searching, I eventually found GitHub. To get it to work, Dad and myself had to go through a lot of user guides and YouTube videos. I was super excited to see my website online for the first time. A search for “32 County High Point Challenge” will show my website at the top of the results which is pretty cool.

I also had to try a lot of different layouts, changing and testing and changing again until I finally got the layout I wanted for my homepage. After I had the homepage page done I found it a lot easier to do the rest of the pages.

At the moment I am testing Google Analytics on my homepage and I hope to add it to the rest of the site soon. I find it good fun and interesting to see how many people are visiting my site.

I found making the website great craic and I still enjoy updating it today. Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and please check out my website at https://dillons32chpchallenge.github.io/progress/

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