For years we have had separate articles and blog entries without a particularly good reason for the distinction.
By Ryan McGreal
Published July 02, 2014
Back when we created Raise the Hammer in 2004 (10 years ago!), we were caught up in thinking of the site as a publication. When we launched in December, we published our articles in monthly 'issues' like a print publication. We even had an ISSN: 1715-1554.
Almost immediately, we found ourselves chafing to post things in between issues, so we added a "Hammerblog" to the site in January 2005, less than a week after our second issue came out.
That still wasn't flexible enough for us, however, and by mid-year we were publishing issues twice a month.
The thing is, there is no good reason to publish articles in batches when you're online rather than in print. It took us a surprisingly long time to figure this out, but by March 2009 we bit the bullet and started publishing articles as we received them.
This presented a conundrum for the blog, which we had created in order to publish stuff between issues. What was the point of having two separate types of content on the site - articles and blog entries - if there was no real difference between them?
The blog pivoted slightly to become a place where we published things that didn't quite feel like articles: letters, very short pieces, off-topic musings, and so on.
However, the distinction between an article and a blog entry has always been fuzzy at best, and at times it has felt downright arbitrary.
We have also noticed that blog entries don't have as many readers and don't generate as many comments as articles. This seems to be in large part because people don't notice them.
The site has had two menus on the right side of the page: a menu of articles and a menu of blog entries. Anecdotally, I've talked to several people who didn't even notice the blog menu.
In addition, as the culture and language has evolved around us, people have taken to referring to the whole website a "blog", which makes it all the more confusing that the blog has a blog.
So as of today, the Hammerblog is officially retired. We've removed the second menu of recent blog entries and moved the upcoming event link over to the remaining menu.
All the old blog entries will remain on the site. You can still browse the Blog Archive by month or category, linked from the bottom of the menu, and of course you can still find them via the search bar on the top right of the page.
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