In working with Wordpress and Buddypress I am beginning to feel like a toddler trying to fit a square in a round hole.
I have nearly 9000 poems/stories over 200 categories from an old scratch built cms, and trying to make a go with WP and some social communications. I'd really like to allow each author to showcase himself/herself and works without the plethora of distractions.
Is there an existing solution to have a miniversion of Buddypress (or similar) on the author.php page. Perhaps all the communication stuff in the sidebar or minimized enough so that the focus is on the works rather than the BP buttons taking center stage.
In addition, I thought that multisite would be a good way for authors have a feeling of ownership, but Im battling with how to come to a middle ground between having the sub-domain be unique to the author while still feeling connected to the group of writers.
Any suggestions would be welcomed.