Blogging Insights — Tips Off the New Block

Blogging insightsDr. Tanya’s Blogging Insights question this morning, which was inspired by Jennifer at Paperkutzs, is simply this:

Can you share some tips and tricks for using the new Gutenberg (aka block) editor on WordPress?

Yes, my tip or trick for using the new block editor is to avoid it like the plague (or like COVID-19). I use my iPhone for my blog and in the WordPress app for iOS, the iPhone’s operating system, there is an option in the settings to NOT use the block editor. This allows me to craft my posts using what I call “classic lite,” a version of the classic editor that has fewer formatting features than the former classic editor I used to be able to use when I went to wordpress.com on my iPhone to compose my posts.

So, since WordPress imposed its block editor upon us, I have been able to avoid using it for my blog…so far, anyway. I’m fully expecting that, at some point, WordPress will also remove the classic editor option on its iOS app. And when that point comes, I suppose I’ll have to shit or get off the pot. Meaning, I’ll either have to reluctantly figure out how to “embrace” the block editor on my iPhone, or to just stop blogging on WordPress.

8 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Tips Off the New Block

    • Fandango November 2, 2020 / 9:53 am

      I’m not necessarily tied to using my iPhone for blogging. I just prefer it to using a laptop and I resent that the block editor is close to impossible to use on the relatively small screen of an iPhone and yet they have taken away our ability to use the robust classic editor.

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  1. anotherday2paradise November 2, 2020 / 6:25 pm

    I really don’t understand why they decided to mess up something that was working perfectly. When you do your post on your iPhone, can you add tags and categories? I just can’t find them anymore. It takes me ten times longer to do a blogpost than it did before. I’m almost ready to throw in the towel. 😳

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    • Fandango November 2, 2020 / 10:02 pm

      Yes, I can still add categories and tags using the classic editor on the WordPress iPhone app. And I’ve heard a lot of people complain about how much longer it takes to post using the block editor than it used to with the classic editor.

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