Blogging Insights — Where the Magic Happens

Blogging insightsFor this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya want us to talk about where the magic happens. She says, “Some people can write anytime and anywhere. Others require certain prerequisites such as the appropriate setting before they can get their creativity going.” To that end, she wants us to answer these questions:

What, in your opinion, is the perfect ambience for blogging / writing?

As most of you know, I blog using my iPhone. That enables me to write from anywhere at any time. I often write posts at night in my bed, as I am doing right now. Or I will write sitting on the couch in the family room while watching TV or listening to classic rock on my cable provider’s Music Choice station. Sometimes I’ll write between spoonfulls of breakfast cereal in the morning. Or from my backyard deck, weather permitting.

That’s the beauty of blogging from my iPhone. My “ambience” is wherever I happen to be and whenever the mood (or my muse) strikes me. And that is also why I am so pissed at WordPress for dumping the classic editor and trying to force us to use that goddam block editor, which is damn near impossible to use on an iPhone.

Are you able to work in this setting on a daily basis?

Yes, for all of the reasons I just explained.

Do you feel that the ambience has any particular effect on the quality or quantity of your output?

The only thing that affects the quality or quantity of my output is having to jump through hoops to work around that goddam block editor that the folks at WordPress seem so insistent that we use for our blog, even though nobody wanted it, needed it, and most of us don’t really like having to use it.

14 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Where the Magic Happens

  1. Sadje September 7, 2020 / 7:49 am

    Your post is more about block editor than ambiance. Lol

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  2. Writer of Words, etc September 7, 2020 / 8:14 am

    I sometimes blog on mobile. Typically I write the draft there, but often finalize and proofread on my laptop later, before publishing.

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  3. drtanya@saltedcaramel September 7, 2020 / 9:58 am

    “My “ambience” is wherever I happen to be and whenever the mood (or my muse) strikes me.”
    I completely agree with this.
    And the new WordPress block editor is indeed making blogging much more complicated and far less fun than it used to be.

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  4. Melanie B Cee September 7, 2020 / 10:38 am

    Well put Fandango. I’m so glad that you do work around that blasted block b.s. and have continued to delight everyone with your fabulous work. WordPress got another wordy response from me today when they sent me a ‘satisfaction survey’. Maybe if we keep squeaking loudly enough, they’ll see the folly in their choice. But I ain’t holding my breath. Thanks for continuing to blog however you’re doing it.

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    • Fandango September 7, 2020 / 2:28 pm

      I really appreciate your very kind words, Melanie.


  5. dharkanein September 7, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    The best is your answer to the last question. You really are annoyed by this new editing block. But loved the answers about ambience and all. Same goes with me too. My writing place keeps on changing as well and I am comfortable as far as no one interferes.

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    • Fandango September 7, 2020 / 2:44 pm

      Yes, I am most definitely annoyed by the block editor, but mostly at being forced to use it because WordPress decided to remove the classic editor.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. leigha66 September 13, 2020 / 5:52 pm

    I wish there was a way to mark this post for the WP engineers (there is no happiness in this situation) to read. I will never understand why they want to alienate a lot of their users.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 13, 2020 / 10:29 pm

      They’re putting all of their eggs in the business/commercial blogging business, where the “real” money is.

      Liked by 1 person

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