Why am I here?

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“Machines are designed not to be random. When you call up a word processing program on your computer, you don’t want it to be different every time you call it up. You want it to stay the same.” – Rupert Sheldrake

Linked to FOWC  Glide  & Mature  & RDP Almost

Occasionally, very occasionally – I write a post and publish immediately, but that’s quite rare. Even this piece you’re reading now I wrote yesterday, at least it will be yesterday by the time you read it. Or should that be tomorrow?

I’m a planner, I like to be organised and prefer to write in advance, which is what I did earlier this week. Usually, I write from the desktop App on my PC. Today though (yesterday to you), I’m writing directly from WP Admin which is something I never do.

I’m in the Admin section because I’m searching for a lost post, a draft post I wrote on Wednesday that I intended to place on the schedule for publication at a later date. I’m not sure why I expect it to be here, it wasn’t here on Wednesday so why should it suddenly turn up on Thursday?

Earlier this week, I wrote a post about the easing of Lockdown in England and what it means to me.

I resized three images and uploaded to my media file and inserted into the body of the post. I created a video from a few separate clips and uploaded and inserted into my post.

Periodically I checked that WP was automatically saving, and just to be certain I did a few manual saves too. Over the years, having taught and drilled the saving process into a few thousand children, there is no way I would ever forget to manually Save Work.

I finished writing my post and saved for a final time, then I clicked Preview – nothing there, so I gave it a few seconds and tried again. I checked the draft folder, but the post had completely disappeared. I act in a mature way when things go wrong, no swearing and no tantrums, but I finally gave in, not to immaturity, but admitting I needed help. Eventually, I contacted WordPress, but I’m still waiting to hear whether or not it has created a backup of my post behind the scenes.

I questioned my own ability, it must be me, I’ve done something wrong, it’s my mistake.  Finally, I asked myself “Why are you here, Why are you blogging in the first place? Can’t you find something better to do with your time?

Is the new Editor causing chaos – was it the cause of my missing post?

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I’m not averse to trying something new, and while still in the Beta format I previously gave the Blocks editor a good chance, but I soon decided I didn’t like it. It wasn’t as if I was new to Blocks – I’d worked with similar ones on another website, but the WordPress version appeared unstable, and I couldn’t see the advantage in using it.

Eighteen months later it became the default editor here on WordPress, and I decided to give it another try. Unfortunately, after three weeks of trialling the editor, I’ve found it still has unstable elements, and I blame the instability for the loss of my post.

That said, coming back to Blocks was straightforward, and I found the editor very easy to use. I even wrote a couple of How-To Guides for our How TO Section on Weekly Prompts. However, I struggle to find the advantage of Blocks over the Classic Editor.

I like the tiled gallery and the reusable blocks, and embedding a video is immediate, but for me, the advantages are too few.

Using Blocks slows down my computer, there is a delay of a few seconds, both with loading and on exit; I don’t want a delay, I am used to a prompt response which is what I expect and receive from every piece of software on my PC apart from WordPress Blocks!

The Blocks editor no longer functions as a whole document word processor. The ability to drag text and images around to a different position has been lost and editing the document as a whole is a non-starter, each block must be edited separately which is something I find frustrating, even adding another block to the page takes longer than simply clicking the classic menu bar. I don’t enjoy chunking, I prefer my word processing to glide along smoothly.

Loading images is another time consuming process, the only way to upload several together is to choose Gallery and then insert separately. Positioning images is a process that needs to be repeated, the editor has never accepted my first instruction.

In Conclusion ~ The Block Editor is probably well suited for business websites that need nothing more than  a few editing updates.

WordPress appears to have forgotten that thousands of its customers are ordinary people, bloggers who require nothing more than a simple word processor. The return of the spell-checker for my typos would be a huge improvement too!

Reverting to the Classic Editor is something I’ve already done on Weekly Prompts, and it will become my editor of choice for Nan’s Farm.

So to WordPress, I say – yes, I found your new editor easy to use, You Almost had me, but it lacks efficiency, it’s unstable, too slow and not fit for my purpose.

(C) SueW-nansfarm.net 2020 – Post linked to Fandango’s challenge Glide and Maturity and Ragtag Community’s Almost

42 thoughts on “Why am I here?

  1. I haven’t tried it. I daren’t. I am happy with Classic.

    Your post reminded me of a little saying that was on the fireplace of my grandparents house –
    “Today is the Tomorrow you worried about Yesterday”

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    1. I love the saying from Grandma’s house.
      I don’t blame you either. Stick with Classic. I’ve heard lots of people say they don’t like it but no one gives a reason and I know for some it’s because they don’t understand it, it functions in a totally different way to a normal word processor and there lies the problem. Thank you, Andrew.

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    1. It would be unwise to take away our options. At least we have a further two years until it’s up for review again. Thank you, Yvonne.

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  2. I’ve had a few funnies when I have used the backspace key on brand new posts. Occasionally I just hit it once too often and rather than just deleting the piece of text, it interprets it as a “go back a page”, which takes me back to the post list. Everything in the new post is lost. But I put that down to a funny with Firefox rather than with WP.

    I get frustrated at staring at a blank piece of whiteness before the editor loads, although I can see exactly what they have done. To make the page appear like it is loading quickly, they have a barebones page (which *does* indeed load quickly) and do all the heavy lifting in Javascript (which runs like a dog). Unfortunately, until the script is finished, the page is unusable.

    I hope you find your post. I suppose you tried searching on some of the words you used in it? I’ve seen funnies in the way WP can sometimes order posts.

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    1. I searched with every key word I could remember. When I first began blogging I used to write all the text in Word first, save it as a backup and then paste into a new WP post. I might start doing that again.
      I’m still waiting g for a reply from WP. Thank you for your input, it’s appreciated😊

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      1. I did the same, but with Grammarly, but I got out of the habit. That notion that you can’t have a spellchecker unless you buy a bigger subscription is typical WP, I concluded.
        They restrict what files I can upload, even though I am basically paying for storage space. Why do they care how I fill it?

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      2. I have a premium subscription simply so I could have the occasional video without using YouTube and Vimeo, but I’ve no intention of upgrading to business simply for a spell checker. (I didn’t realise it did that! )
        Over on Weekly Prompts we began with Premium but when WP began charging extra for our dot com name we moved over to Personal which is much cheaper and also chose a free theme. Any videos needed (not often) I store here on Nan’s farm and just provide a link on Weekly Prompts. 🙂

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      3. You know on the Block Editor, the first thing you do is select the block type? Well, I noticed that several of the available blocks have the words “(paid)” after them. So I wouldn’t discount that as a reson for pushing people towards blocks.
        I have Personal too but I notice that that is another fiddle. People elsewhere n the world can get free hosting, but no free plan is offered on the UK-flavoured site. You can cheat it, by placing the order and not checking out, but “free” is not there as an up-front option.
        Even on a personal plan, the blog is the most expensive web site I run. Probably 2x more expensive. The WordPress app itself (i.e. wordpress.org) is open source.

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      4. I heard that it was WordPress.org that made the changes and forced the Block on WordPress.com. Is that correct?
        I resent paying extra for my domain name when I know I can purchase it cheaper elsewhere, but if I change I would probably either lose my blog or end up paying for the privilege of using my own name.

        I can’t say I’ve noticed any blocks with paid attached but I suppose they will be for business use. I didn’t realise the pricing was different in other parts of the world.

        A family member is a back end developer but he shied away when I asked him to help me build a site away from WP.

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      5. Yes that is my understanding, although I think the .org and the .com are the same company but with different hats on. I think they use the .org to develop the system, and run it on the .com for paying customers. I know I could download the system myself and self-host. But, of course, if I did that, there is no longer a single sign-on for other wp.com users.
        Yes the WP feed I follow is .org. seems to do with product development. They have big plans for the Block Editor – sooner or later it will consume the Customiser, too. I think the term I read was Full Site Editing. I think it is a wp.com idea to make people pay more to use plugins etc. With wp.org, you just download them, they are only bits of PHP.

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      6. Your knowledge of the two is superior to mine. I’m sure you are correct.

        Ah well, there’s no point in getting worked up about it, I’ll just sit back and go with the flow. 😀

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      7. I found all this out only last year. Before I spent anything, it was pretty much a case of saying “wtf *is* WordPress?”
        I suspect the Block Editor allows for far more variety in terms of the type of block. I made a contact form on my site just by adding a block, all the form fields were already laid out nicely. Same goes for a countdown timer. I bet you couldn’t do these with the classic ed. Of course, if all you use is paragraphs…

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      8. I think Contact was amongst widgets, I notice that some widgets are now Blocks.
        Blocks has advantages and has some favourable improvements but as a word processor, it’s too slow. And from what I’m hearing most bloggers find it too difficult to comprehend. WordPress Help line speaks volumes there. I’m now on my third day of waiting for assistance!
        Earlier today someone echoed my previous comments of If it’s not broken don’t fix it, I’d like to offer another question to WordPress ‘What’s in it for me?

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  3. I found it cumbersome compared to the classic way. I’m not against change, but it has to be of benefit to the user otherwise I don’t see the point. As for the disappearing post, I bet it’s there somewhere, Sue, deep inside the bowels of the database. I’m sticking with the classic mode until WordPress can come up with something better that doesn’t need a degree in technology. Have a nice weekend, Sue.

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    1. I agree with you Trev. The editor hasn’t been created for the benefit of bloggers. Initially, the idea of editing paragraphs separately seemed a good idea, but I gave up on that notion. I don’t give up on anything that easily, but enough is enough and that’s exactly what I’ve had! Thank you, Trev 😀

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    1. I think the Tiled Gallery is better than plain Galleries. Though I used Galleries for Owl and Mouse the other day, I liked it because it gave the appearance of a comic strip. I didn’t view from a phone but I’m guessing it wouldn’t have looked the same.

      Why anyone would view a site via a phone unless it’s their only option is beyond me, the view is so inferior. I have a great iPhone with a large screen, but it’s no substitute for a decent tablet or computer screen. Sorry, I went off the subject completely there! 😀

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  4. Hi Sue, ..yes I agree …, I can’t see any advantages with the new block system, over the WP classic editor… I’ve used the help message on-line assist a few times, and they have yet to find me a simple way, of having a ”line-break” between my poem stanzas… without having to go through 2 or 3 separate moves/functions….. all I want is a ONE key move to obtain a line-break …as It was before in classic WP(Press Enter)….. and now I’m not well this week… I’ve given up, and returned to classic WP…. so I can get some greatly needed rest and sleep….. the change-over process is definitely not a success ,…..!!

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    1. Becoming stressed is not good for anyone, you’ve done the right thing returning to the Classic – it might not be perfect but better the devil you know 👿

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      1. Yes Sue, and it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks…
        My articles/poems are a simple and easy layout,…. I’m happy to stay old fashioned and uncomplicated 😊💙🌏

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  5. While I was so excited to have your ‘Block Editor Guidelines” (which are still kept in a safe place!), I held my breath when I logged in June 1. Sue, I was so relieved to still have Classic. I begrudgingly accept change–and then am quite pleased with it–but I was not a fan of Block. This post makes me a bit sad. After all you put forth for so many of us, for it to fall short for you says quite a bit. I hope WP responds soon. Welcome back to Classic.

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    1. I don’t dislike it altogether, it has a few points, but it doesn’t offer any advantage over the Classic, and for me, anything that slows down the process of getting pen to paper as it were is just not good enough. Thank you, Derrick.

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  6. I blog from my iPhone and found the Block editor to be virtually unusable on a smartphone due to the limited screen real estate. So I’m happy that the Classic editor is still available and, for the most part, still works…adequately.

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    1. I haven’t tried it on my phone but I found the view okay on the iPad. Yes, I’m glad it’s still available too. It would be very unfair to remove it completely. There a lot of ladies out there who would not be able to manage without it. And also some gentlemen especially those who use their phones to blog such as yourself. Thank you for input.
      Oh, sorry about two links, initially I looked at yesterday’s post and realised later that I had the wrong day!

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  7. With my WP glitches, my computer dying, etc., I was AWOL when The Change occurred. So, I have not tried the block editor yet.

    Thank you, Sue, for trying it and giving us your opinion. That helps us a LOT!

    (((HUGS)))

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  8. gc

    Have to give you AAA for your efforts and maturity. I would be cussing and hurling my computer about the room ( and I try not to be that outrageously temperamental). Perhaps you should publish a “How To” Book and that might hit the bookstores way before the WP gurus get back to you. Good luck!!! 🙂

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