I want to structure my site for posting short essays rarther than diary type entries. It doesn't make sense to have these essays arranged chronologically, except perhaps to have a "page" where the headlines can be read, or the whole site just browsed or for archiving or something. I guess an image would be writing a book rather than a diary. So I want my site to have:
1. A static-ish front page (I've done this I think) Readers get an explanation of the site. What would be great here would be extracts/summaries from some essays, most recent first, that hyperlinked to the essays themselves.
2. Three (?) primary "sections", with sub andmaybe sub-sub etc sections, in which the essays are filed and located. These are subject area centred, like the sections of a book. Filing the essays in date order wouldn't make much sense. I want to be able to shuffle them around as I write them, as you would if you wrote a book (?). Their order would become apparent as they were written. Essays would expand on others etc. I want to start "painting" the whole canvas, not start at one corner and work down.
3. A separate "area" for the comments. I see this as a forum or forums. These would be linked to the subject areas rather than as a list atatached to the end of each essay. The forums would be gathering places for the exchange of ideas. It would be great to have a branching structire for this rather than a sequential listing, with some sort of expandable/collapsable presentation.
Anyway that's the goal. I know what I would like, I have been hunting and feel something very close is probably not too hard with WordPress, "but I still haven't found what I'm looking for . . . " ;)
Am I asking too much from WordPress? too much of my own abilities? or . . . can you help me understand what I need to do or where I should start?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.