A post about writing and blogging

It seems a long time since I wrote about writing rather than books or craft. I haven’t been able to meet with any of my writing friends this year due first to my own illness in January and subsequently due to lockdown and then the inadvisability of travelling unnecessarily and meeting in groups.

Instead I have attended some events on Zoom organised by the Association of Christian Writers. I have enjoyed these, learned from them and been able to have short chats with other writers in ‘breakout rooms’. I have also enjoyed informal chats with other ACW members on Zoom. These were set up by a member, who asked for some adult conversation. We have had some fun. Occasionally one or more of the male members of ACW joins us, but often it is like a night out with the girls, but from the comfort of our own homes in geographically diverse places.

I have also co-ordinated the local group’s bimonthly meetings, which we began doing by email and have now added a Zoom session as well. It has been time-consuming, but worthwhile.

The irregularity of some of my blogging activity, especially on Sue’s Words and Pictures is the result of having other demands on my time and little opportunity to visit photogenic places. I am learning how to use the camera on a new mobile phone as I had to upgrade from an old Android version, when too many Apps stopped working.

As if a new phone were not enough of a challenge, WordPress is now trying to force everyone to use the new Block editor. After blogging for more than eight years, I am very familiar with the classic editor. I shall continue to use it as long as possible since it seems far more versatile. This week I prepared a blog post for future publication by creating it with the block editor (there didn’t seem to be any other way!) and then editing it by selecting classic editor from WP Admin. (WP Admin has been hard enough to find for some time, being at the bottom of a menu and requiring some scrolling to find it!)

Blogger has recently introduced a new system, causing confusion to many bloggers. (I use that for my More than Writers’ posts.)

If you blog are you finding all these changes annoying and time-consuming? Or do you like battling through new ways of doing things?

14 thoughts on “A post about writing and blogging

  1. I’ve used Gutenberg Block Editor since it first came out Sue and like all new things, it took a little while to figure out. I find it much more versatile than classic and there are so many design options available. My Sleep and Stride website I’ve built with only Gutenberg – no theme. I see it as a blessing. 🙂 I do love routine and familiarity however, I’m always curious and interested in learning new ways of doing things, especially if there is a good outcome.

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      • I’ve taken a couple of screenshots of my dashboard but can’t upload them in the comments (to show you where they are on the dashboard).

        Are you in visual editor? All of the block information (including categories and tags) will show up on the right hand side of the screen. Although clicking on the 3 dots at the top toolbar on a new post gives you the option of showing where you want the toolbar which has all the block and document tools.

        Categories and tags menu is still on the left hand side.

        Not sure this helps you Sue!

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  2. All the changes, which appear to have appeared at the same time, are rather a challenge. I have a blogger blog and a WordPress website, so I can identify with everything you say. In my case, I usually switch to the new version immediately. My reasoning is that, if it’s going to change eventually, I might as well get used to it. It is definitely frustrating at present.

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  3. I’ve got used to the block editor now, but I find it slower and less intuitive than the classic editor, which was much more like having a simplified word processor in a browser window. I’m not convinced the block editor is a step forward. With the classic editor I can see all my options; with the block editor I have to click the ‘+’ button first.

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    • USING WORDPRESS: 1. Use Word to type your post. 2. Go to WordPress, add new post, then type in the heading where shown. 3. Copy your original document. 4 Paste it into the first block. WordPress will create blocks for each paragraph. 5. Add blocks only when you need to add an image.

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      • Mel, that sounds good, but just one thing occurs to me: sometimes I used to copy and paste from MS Word into the classic editor, but it had a nasty habit of adding extraneous HTML code to the document. You could tell this had happened if you flipped from the WYSIWYG tab to the HTML tab in that editor. I don’t know how I could tell with the block editor whether that had happened here.

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  4. Hi Sue, A great post. Just wanted to answer comment about Blocks. I’ve had my own website since 2008 – not a WordPress one – but I recently set up a WordPress one for my Writers’ Group. I’ve always written my blogs on Word, then copied and pasted onto my website. And that works fine with WordPress. It recognises paragraphs and puts them automatically into separate Blocks. No prob!

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  5. I’m misliking the new WordPress a lot, Sue. I believe they are locking down more and more so that we buy subscription versions.

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