Content built to grow over time with issues and articles.

When planning my next design for my blog I ended up on this idea of a newspaper. It was inspired by just the design of one at first, but then I realized that way my site was built, sharing mdx files between routes, also kindof matched the spirit of a newspaper. A newspaper publishes issues, and these are big eye catching pages that essentially direct you to other content. Sometimes this content is all on the page it starts on, but often it isn’t. Often you will have to turn to some other page to complete an article. This made me realize something about newspapers, and their relationship to the web.

Websites used to look pretty different from how they do now. Early in the web it was just a bunch of unstyled documents linked together. If you are technical, it was just HTML This would cause people to use some pages as little glossaries for other pages. Often it was just a list of titles of related pages. However sometimes it would be other ways of dipslaying the link. Take for existance the home page of The old space jam site which is clearly inspired by a solar system on the home page and then turns into Link collections If you want to learn more about this check out this post by Amy Hoy which is what I read years ago that formed the foundations of this idea.

One quote from that post is more poignant to me than ever.

A well-organized homepage was a sign of personal and professional pride — even if it was nothing but a collection of fun gifs, or instructions on how to make the best potato guns, or homebrew research on gerbil genetics.

I guess I set out to make a way of creating well oragnized homepages. But with new homepages for different content. And these would be called issues. Your home page could display an issue. And that issue you display could change over time (Newspaper style) or never change (Course style).

This lead to me creating the technonomicon an astro theme currently in alpha for publishing content this way.