On Sunday, I participated in a the All Seasons blogfest. Joining that blogfest and posting on a Sunday are rare events for me, and to make it even more special, I wrote and published the post using Guttenberg – the new WordPress editor.
After my recent post about luddites, I should be shy about telling you that I’m not happy about making this change. I’m OK with change, but I don’t like this editor. I understand this editor, in fact I’ve been working with a very similar editor for several years while building and maintaining our company website. That site sits in a self-hosted WordPress cul-de-sac on the Internet, and the block editor has been easy to work with.
But I’m not telling stories on that site, and I’m not the only one creating content for that site. Much of what is published on that site is text I received in an email. Copy from email and paste into a text block is easy-peasy. If someone sends me a picture or an illustration, adding an image block is easier-peasier. But that’s not how I work with this site.
I write my posts in Microsoft Word. I store the drafts in Box, and I edit them on my laptop, or my iPad. I’ve occasionally edited a post on my iPhone. On most days (not Wednesdays) I print those posts and give them to my wife who corrects my grammar and steers me away from the things I’ve written in the heat of the moment, but probably shouldn’t say.
I made several attempts at using Guttenberg, but I didn’t like the fact that you have to switch to a Classic Block to indent – excuse me WordPress, people have been indenting text for centuries – and I wasn’t able to create a mosaic gallery of photos. Marian Allen told me, quite some time ago that they had added that option to the gallery. She posted examples. She told me where to look – friends like Marian are the best part of WordPress – all to no avail. I didn’t see what she saw, I couldn’t make it work.
Enter the Happiness Engineers. The problem was a few cookies on my laptop. Contact made. Problem solved. I still don’t like this editor, but I can use it, and since resistance is futile, I’m on-board. This brings me to Monday’s post and my one-liner – I know, I’ve already written 400 words! When the Editor checked my post Monday afternoon, she asked:
“Why didn’t you add any captions to your photos?”
“I did, ugh…”
“The new WordPress editor needs the captions to be entered as Descriptions in order to show in the gallery”
“The new editor…am I being replaced?”
“No!, not that kind of editor – you are NOT being replaced!”
As I pasted this into Guttenberg, it made each line of dialog its own block. Six blocks. Five of which I had to convert to Classic blocks to indent, and one of which I had to center. Unfortunately, Gb didn’t give me the option to convert those blocks to Classic. So, I inserted a Classic block, cut and pasted the text into that block and deleted the other six. Yes, yes, I could have saved myself that trouble by pasting this post in in sections, into blocks, but I didn’t know that. I’ll do better tomorrow.
I can’t wait to write my story from the bar on Saturday. In any case, I think we can all agree, we’re keeping The Editor.
This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants. I have just a few photos in the gallery, hopefully they have descriptions, but I think you have to click-into the gallery slide show to see them – I don’t like that either.