WORDPRESS OCCASIONALLY messes with a good thing, trying to make it better. Yet again, they have changed their editor, the page we scribes use to pen posts.
Sometimes these changes are improvements. Other times you can see the WordPress designers sitting in the smoking lounge with nothing to do till someone says: I’m bored! Let’s go improve the product!
They all jump up, return to their workstations and get busy, justifying their fat Silicon Valley salaries. Fixing something that wasn’t even broken.
At times, they do improve the product. Other times, they just gum things up. They have changed the product again, and I’ve not decided if it’s a step in the right direction or not. Time will tell. I’m not optimistic.
It’s far more complicated from the writer’s end. Readers likely will notice little difference. WP designed something called “blocks.” Everything I want to do entails messing with a freaking block. Blocks do different things. For instance, there’s a block to list stuff. To wit:
- And so on …
Another block lets you write a verse. Here’s a poem by Charles Bukowski. Why you have to chase it off to the right is beyond me. You won’t be encountering verse here on The Moon. But if you did, this is how it would appear.
Long walks at night -- that's what's good for the soul: peeking into windows watching tired housewives trying to fight off their beer-maddened husbands.
I hope you enjoyed that brief poem. Bukowski was a weirdo. Another block lets you write a heading. There are three options: big, medium and small.
This is a small heading
This is a medium heading.
This is a big heading
The problem with these headings is that I see no way to center them. Flush left, which I don’t like, appears to be the only option. Oh, well.
And then there is this. I can start a paragraph with a big, fat letter. Makes me look literary. And 19th Century. My major gripe with the big, fat letter is that it’s so big and fat. Where’s the subtlety?
Next is the “Gallery.” There seems to be no limit to the photos you can add to a gallery, and you can insert multiple galleries. We’ve finally arrived at a block I really like. These shots are all of the area where I live, and you likely do not. Sad.
Next up is another block that deals with photos. This block is called a “cover.” Perhaps someone can explain it to me. The cover of a book maybe? The photo is a shot of my child bride last Spring outside a hotel near San Miguel de Allende, a city I have sworn never to visit again for obvious reasons.
And you can write something in the middle of the photo. What, pray tell, is the purpose of this?
Here’s a block that lets you write a quote. This quote is Mohammedan. It’s something to consider the next time you praise open borders and criticize President Trump for wanting to limit Mohammedan immigration.
When you meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks.— The Koran.
There is also an audio block, which I doubt I’ll ever use, and a plain ole image block, which I will use to insert this timely photo. Note the talavera tile which was installed this week on the ledges below the three arches in the veranda.
Quite snazzy, I think.
I wrote all this to familiarize myself with the new editor, and I decided to bring you along for the ride. I wonder if you made it to the end. If so, thanks. WordPress is still far superior to Blogger, but that is not saying much.
If you write a WordPress blog, and you haven’t used the new editor, just ask me. I’m an old hand at it now. PayPal accepted.