Trying the block editor

Every time WordPress updates I give the block editor another try to see if it has become something I can work with.

My biggest problem with it is the basic lack of text editing for long form writing. Can I drag text around from paragraph to paragraph without having to use cut and paste?

Doing a little test… and the answer is no.

It’s back to the Classic Editor plugin.

Those Poor Magicians

It’s takes a really special kind of fuck up to mess up so bad that I dig up significant producer credits on a show and mark every one of those people’s shows off my list of stuff to watch forever.

Sera Gamble

This one’s not so hard. I’ll be keeping an eye out for her name in the credits for a long time to come, trust me. Because I sure can’t trust her, especially after this season of The Magicians (season four) and after reading some of her interview quotes about the big death at the end (the other guys either, to be honest, but here’s the first).

  • I was two episodes in on YOU on Netflix. Goodbye.
  • Never liked Supernatural anyway.
  • Never watched Aquarius. Definitely won’t now.
  • Never even heard of Company Town.

John McNamara

Not difficult at all. The only thing on his list of credits that I even half liked was Common Law. I actually liked it a lot, but it’s long gone. I haven’t even seen repeats around for it. The rest of this stuff was never to my taste anyway. Should have been a clue?

Henry Alonso Myers

This one’s a little sad, but barely. I liked Chuck. Then again, it sucked at the end, but it doesn’t look like he had anything to do with that, so who knows? Nothing else he produced ever drew me in so I won’t be sad about avoiding the rest of his shows either.

I don’t read books by authors I already know I don’t like either, so there.

Goodbye Sera Gamble, John McNamara, and Henry Alonso Myers.

I prefer to watch shows I can trust. Three seasons in on The Magicians and I really thought I did trust you guys as storytellers. And then in season four I found out you were running a long con on me.

Not sticking around for more. Thanks.

(So glad I hadn’t gotten around to buying the DVDs I’d planned to add to my collection. Thank you for small favors. Definitely wish at this point that I’d saved my money on the season four episodes from Amazon and waited for the show to hit Netflix where I watched the rest of the episodes. Hindsight is like that, though. Sigh. Just imagine, I could’ve watched the newest season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine with that money instead.)

Yeah. So this is change

I’m trying out the new WordPress editor on a site that I hardly use so that if it messes up, it won’t annoy me.

What are these blocks WordPress speaks of? Sounds to me a lot like a word processor inside WordPress now. Something that makes it easy to add formats and sections to a document.

The truth is that my biggest gripe about WordPress has been the media library over the years, but it’s not even that bad anymore.

I can pretty much guarantee that as any product gains mass appeal (such as WordPress) the producers of said product begin the slow shift into making the product as easy for the masses to use as possible, most often at the expense of the people who found the product useful enough at the first to push the product until it gained that mass appeal.

On the other hand, that’s not always a bad thing. In general, I dislike change. I think this change is a mistake that’s going to drive away long form writers who blog and write in the WordPress editor. The new block editor is more for the people using WordPress as a content management system, not for bloggers and writers who use WordPress as an actual blog.

In the meantime, I do believe I’ll start looking around for alternative self-hosted blogging software. Sometimes I turn out to be right, and sometimes I don’t. But it won’t hurt to be prepared. :)

I won’t be watching The Force Awakens any time soon

I’m the kind of movie-goer that reads spoilers. I like spoilers. I’ve read enough of them for the new Star Wars movie to know I won’t be watching the movie until some day long into the future—if then. I actually quite like how the original trilogy left things and I have no interest in revisiting the story and having everything turned upside down. The original Star Wars story was a feel good story and I’d like to remember it that way.

Reorganizing the Sites a Bit

I have a few (LOL) websites and I’ve been busy doing a bit of reorganizing. I think I’ve mentioned that I was a writer, then wasn’t, then was, then decided to go professional now that self-publishing has become an option. However, I had two sites on which I talked about self-publishing so I exported my posts related to writing which, oops, turned out to be all of them but one, and I moved them to the other website.

I’m going to give myself some time to figure out what I want to do with this site, because there’s no way I’m getting rid of it, and then I’ll start doing it, whatever it turns out to be. :)