This is really two separate questions but I feel they relate to each other and may affect one another so I have added them together.
As I mentioned in my other post, I am currently running a web-site entitled "Bust to Bracelet" (http://www.busttobracelet.com) which follows my quest to turn $5.31 into a World Series of Poker bracelet.
On this site, I plan on posting one daily update along with two feature articles (one of which would serve the dual purpose of being a daily update AND a feature article) per-week, therefore in a seven day week I would have made 8 posts over the course of the week. What I would like to do is have my most recent feature and my most recent "Daily Update" be posted on the front page and nothing else.
For example, say my most recent feature article was a post entitled "Most Recent Feature Article" and then my most recent post was "Daily Update for DATEGOESHERE", what I would like is for my front page to display my Daily Update and then immediately underneath it display my most recent feature article.
So the page would look something like this:
"Daily Update for DATEGOESHERE"
"Most Recent Feature Article"
Is there anyway I could set my WordPress to display in this manner without having to change my theme? If I do have to change my theme or hack my template in anyway, what would I have to do to achieve this effect?
In relation to the display of posts on the front page, how do I prevent a post from being displayed on my front page?
Each week, in one of my feature articles, I intend on listing my Lessons Learned. What I would like to do is post a separate, hidden post under the category of Lessons Learned so that users can click on a page link (in my upper right hand navigation menu) or on my categories listing and be brought to a page that displays my Lessons Learned throughout the week. However, I would never want this post to show up as its own separate post on the front page as it would be redundant (one feature article per-week, at its end, would include a list of my lessons learned for that week, so double posting would be redundant and would take a "Daily Update" slot if I am able to configure my WordPress properly).
How would I go about doing this?
I appreciate all of your responses, and I thank you in advance. I am completely new to WordPress (or at least, relatively) and enjoy the ease of updating my sites, but would like to know how to expand it's functionality (or implement it) in these regards.
Once again, thank you for your time.