I've decided to go ahead a post the blog file I spoke about in my earlier post since it's designed for a blog that is primarily for book/movie reviews and my commonplace book...which means it kind of hits the three initial suggestions launching this thread. I don't see how it could be used as a template but maybe it has things in it that might serve to spark ideas for somebody? (who knows lol)
The caveats are: I don't know HTML or CSS and built all of this by working with a couple books open to show me what to do. It works (or seems to so far) but it's not necessarily pretty.
What I think is cool about it is:
the if^...^else^...^ export code for the various log templates that create brief sidebar descriptions for each post based on available attribute data
the way I'm managing images externally using child notes to generate the necessary
<img> info and ^include()^ to place images within a note.
the category and link pages built up using basic links
The note called "Instructions" is actually my notes to myself: I wrote it so I don't forget how things work and mess anything up as I get used to using it and, alas, didn't take the time to update it beyond what I need to remember before posting here. And the RSS is a cut and paste from @mwra's TbRef file with updated info. I haven't taken the time to see if it works after my fiddling though. So probably best to ignore it.
Sample Site Template 2.tbx (284.8 KB)