Why I Hate the Block Editor

Yeah, I know. Another whiney post about the block editor. But I still hate it and I hate the fact that WordPress is trying to force it down our throats.

Look, I’m not a professional blogger. I don’t run a business and I’m not trying to make any money with my blog. Blogging for me is a hobby, a pastime. So I don’t need a bunch of fancy bells and whistles, many of which in the block editor seem to be geared toward commercial blogs. I just need a straightforward word processor-like editor and a way to insert photos/images into my posts.

I don’t claim to be perspicacious or to have any unique insights into what drives the decision-makers at WordPress. And I may possess some unorthodox perspectives about blogging, but I’ve been a blogger since 2005 and I feel like I know a little bit about what makes blogging enjoyable.

The block editor does not make blogging enjoyable. It’s not at all intuitive and it’s unnecessarily complicated for a casual blogger like me. And because my iPhone is my device of choice for my blog, there’s limited real estate on the relatively small iPhone screen (versus on a laptop) to make using the block editor feasible.

I’m even considering spending $1,100+ to upgrade to the newly announced iPhone 12 Pro Max solely because its screen size is 6.7” versus my three-year-old iPhone 8 Plus, which has a 5.5” screen size. And the only reason to do that would be to see if the block editor is more feasible to use on a 6.7” screen than on the 5.5” one on a device that currently works fine. That’s crazy, right?


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (professional), Word of the Day (hobby), Your Daily Word Prompt (perspicacious), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unorthodox).

37 thoughts on “Why I Hate the Block Editor

  1. Helen October 14, 2020 / 4:06 pm

    When I first started blogging again, I didn’t understand the block editor. It did seem unnecessarily complicated to me. I did get used to it and now I’m starting to like it in that it does make it easy to add features such as images in an attractive way.

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  2. Paula Light October 14, 2020 / 4:12 pm

    I don’t know why they’ve made things more complicated. It’s like New Math. Old math worked, so leave it alone. I don’t see how blocks are better for people who post only for pay…

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  3. AlexaJade October 14, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    It is really useful for customisation and bloggers who are trying to earn money. But I can also see how this would be annoying when your not doing that. 😊

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  4. Don't Forget the Half October 14, 2020 / 5:29 pm

    I stepped away from my blog for over a year and when I returned this week I was unpleasantly surprised, then frustrated, then determined and ended up exhausted. I hope to adjust to the new format soon but right now all I find myself saying throughout my draft is ‘this is so unnecessary.’

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  5. Bikurgurl October 14, 2020 / 5:53 pm

    I couldn’t agree more! I avoid so many blogs that have all the plugins and advertising — I just want to read content! I did start to use affiliate links – though I don’t feel super comfortable about it. Although, I feel like it’s a good compromise between having a readable blog and earning a small commission on a few books {so I can buy more books}.

    I’m glad it’s not just me – I have a 2-step process now: add images from my phone through the app, save it as a draft, go to my computer, edit and post/schedule to post.

    Annoying!

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  6. Stine Writing October 14, 2020 / 5:55 pm

    Unfortunately, technology giants have us cornered. You have to upgrade somewhere.

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  7. Sadje October 14, 2020 / 6:55 pm

    When a new iPhone model rolls in, we are tempted to get it. But you have a valid reason

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  8. lifelessons October 14, 2020 / 7:45 pm

    I really feel like the “busiest” blogs with all the different styles and colors and sections detract from the comment. If I see a blog with light writing on a dark background, I just pass it on by because it is too hard to read. I love photos and stories, articles or poetry..And I like it to stand out, not the fancy backgrounds.

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    • Marilyn Armstrong October 14, 2020 / 7:48 pm

      All of these bells and whistles are a waste of space and they don’t even make magazines and other documents look better. I can’t read white on a dark background either.

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    • Fandango October 14, 2020 / 9:59 pm

      I agree. Clean, neat, and easy to read.

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    • Fandango October 14, 2020 / 10:04 pm

      I’ve been thinking about an iPad Mini. But that’s just one more device, in addition to a cellphone. And the mini has a 7.9” screen, so the iPhone 12 Pro Max, at 6.7”, is not that much smaller.

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  9. Sue Vincent October 14, 2020 / 7:51 pm

    I just want to be able to write… nothing fancy, just words and a couple of pictures… hey can keep the rest. But apparently there is no way to default to the old editor any more… you have to jump through their hoops to even access it.

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    • Fandango October 14, 2020 / 10:06 pm

      Yes, I know. I wish they had either left well enough alone or given us the option to choose between the classic editor and the block editor.

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      • Sue Vincent October 14, 2020 / 11:11 pm

        I did ask… navigating unneccessary complexities is the last thing I need at th e moment. But no…

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  10. Mister Bump UK October 14, 2020 / 11:17 pm

    That is indeed crazy. If you’re at the stage where you’re throwing money at things, surely you could pick up a crappy tablet for a few hundred bucks and use it for nothing but WordPress?

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  11. Marleen October 14, 2020 / 11:43 pm

    In case you hadn’t made it clear enough already, the image you used for this post cracked me up laughing. I’m sorry, I’m sure it’s terribly irritating. Then your idea to spend a bunch of money to see if a slightly bigger device would work better… no, not good.

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  12. CARAMEL October 15, 2020 / 3:03 pm

    Since the block editor arrived, it is taking me so long to put a post together….I have had no time to go to parties, all night raves, karaoke contests, live music concerts, football matches, Star Trek conventions or bring and swap clothes parties.
    Hold on….no, no maybe I haven’t been doing all that since Covid arrived, sorry about the mix-up.
    But seriously, if it was not for the fact that we don’t have much of a social life here anymore, I would be fed up about all the extra time it is taking me to put together posts. Simple posts, yes, I can do pretty quick now. But the longer posts are driving me loopy!

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    • Fandango October 15, 2020 / 3:20 pm

      Ha! You had me wondering about all those things you were doing! But yes, it takes a lot longer with the block editor, which is not a good outcome.

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Saberina October 20, 2020 / 1:26 pm

    Block editor I am new to WordPress but I have got used to it all you have to do is hold put your finger on it and delete as simple as that

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