As technologies and systems evolve, once important distinctions often become insignificant or entirely disappear.
When I first launched The Review in late 2013, I made a sharp distinction between “bloggers” and “columnists,” the former usually publishing one or more short “posts” per day, while the latter produced much lengthier and more substantial columns or articles, typically on a weekly basis. A similar sort of distinction is found on most other webzines or personal websites, with the latter often displaying the content material in “blog mode,” namely via a single long scrolling page of pieces, ordered sequentially by date.
However, as time has gone by, these differences have considerably eroded. Several of the newer columnists that we have taken on board, such as Peter Lee, Linh Dinh, and JayMan, had previously published their material on personal blogsites, and the latter format provided some display advantages, allowing a large quantity of recent material to be easily examined on a single screen. These advantages even apply to the work of the most traditional of regular columnists, such as Pat Buchanan, Ron Paul, or Andrew Napolitano.
Therefore, just as the published works of our resident bloggers such as Steve Sailer, Razib Khan, and Andrew Karlin may be displayed in archive/teaser mode instead of on a traditional scrolling blog page, I have now similarly extended the same “Blog View” option to all of our columnists. For example, if you click on the Peter Frost’s columns, you’ll normally see his archive page, containing short teasers of all his pieces. But on the right side of the top bar is “Blog View” link, that provides the same material in that other display format:
Since many columns or articles are overly long for a blog display, “Read More” links are automatically inserted after roughly 1200-1500 words, allowing the entire piece to be read.
Similarly, all the columnist bars contain “B” (for Blog View) link on the right side, providing easy access to the “Blog View” of each columnist’s work.