5 June 2009
Structure and editorial policies
Since 20 May 2006, Yawning Bread has had a twin structure (for articles after that date).
The main site (www.yawningbread.org), also called "home", continues to hold the essays. The supplementary site (yawningbread.wordpress.com), also called "sampler", holds abstracts and accommodates reader comments.
Why the twin structure?
Blogging programs (using database structures) didn't appear until around 2003, but Yawning Bread (www.yawningbread.org) started in 1996. It is thus based on an older HTML technology. However, over a decade, Yawning Bread has become a huge site, with more than 1,000 essays and a few hundred more guest articles and appendices. Hence it's too much work trying to move it into a blog format.
In any case, with the older technology, there is a lot more flexibility. Every Yawning Bread article starts as a blank sheet of paper, metaphorically speaking, and the essay layout can include large tables, wide photographs, margin notes, subsidiary articles, etc. Doing likewise within the predefined boxes of blog templates would be either very difficult or impossible.
However, blog programs have advantages, such as ease of adding comments. Hence, I believe the interlocking twin structure is the optimal solution.