Chip Off the Old Block

I’m using the WordPress block (aka Gutenberg) editor for the very first time, since I’ve been having issues with the Visual editor in the “classic” mode in my iPhone’s browser. So far, I find it not at all intuitive and very confusing. I hope that I’ll be able to revert to the “classic” mode at the end of this experiment. But, I’m going to give it a shot nonetheless.

Now I’m going to try to post an image.

6e6146f3-4544-4466-b34c-082dc3d7ac1cWell, that seemed to work, although, because I’m using an iPhone, my screen doesn’t look like either of those two images in the graphic above.

4b1f98d2-ebd4-47c3-8ca8-6c0787fe6511So the next thing I tried to do was preview what my block editor post looked like. I tapped the “Preview” button on the top right of the screen. But instead of seeing a preview of my post so far, this is what I saw.73E676A9-7877-41BC-96C5-58FAB4E23A12It has taken me about three hours so far to compose this post, which is ridiculous. So I’m going back to the “classic” mode will finish this post using the HTML editor. It’s not as easy to use as the classic Visual editor, but at least I know what I’m doing, which I don’t when using the block editor.

That way I can finish this post, preview it, and publish it.

Finally!

Who Won The Week? 9/29/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is technology.Technology I chose technology this week in the sense of a zero-sum game. A zero-sum game is a situation in which one person or group can win something only by causing another person or group to lose it. And this past week, technology won and Fandango lost.

I spent hours on Monday, as I posted here, about my battle with Comcast. I spent the bulk of last Monday trying to resolve a significant performance degradation in my internet speeds after Comcast magnanimously “enhanced” my internet speeds for free. The good news is that, after more than six hours, that problem finally got resolved.

Not so yesterday, though, when I spent another six or seven hours trying to resolve an issue that surfaced after I installed iOS 13 on my iPhone, as well as the latest update to the WordPress app for iOS, which I wrote about here. In the end, the issue that surfaced and prompted my rant, remains unresolved.

I did get a suggestion from a fellow blogger, who commented,

“So I went in to the editor on WP.com and I was in the new block editor. When I went back to the classic editor I was able to duplicate your situation. Back to the other editor, all is well. See what happens when you change your editor on your iOS device in Safari’s wp.com.”

My response was

“I’ve been trying to bypass the block editor because I hear it’s kind of cumbersome and harder to use. But maybe I will have to give it a shot.”

So bottom line, this past week I was beaten down by technology and technology won.

And if any of you have thoughts and/or suggestions about the WordPress block editor, I’d love to hear from you.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Give Up

Warning, unless you’re kind of geeky, you may want to not bother reading this post. It’s a rant about technology.

In order to try to fix my Visual Editor issues (see this post and this post) that surfaced after I downloaded iOS 13 for my iPhone, I did some good, old fashioned research on the internet and came across this article.0CEF3D35-FA4E-4DEC-A88B-FBE20009B720The good news is that, following the directions in that article,  I successfully rolled back the iOS install and reinstalled iOS 12.4.1 on my iPhone. And the better news is that I’m composing this post on the Safari browser in WordPress.com and it’s working exactly the way it did before I installed iOS 13. Yay!

But the bad news is that the reinstall of iOS 12.4.1 used a backup image of my iPhone from November 2017, almost two years ago. So any apps I had downloaded since November 2017 were missing. And for all of the other apps I loaded onto my iPhone since then, I am basically having to start from scratch.

It just wasn’t worth it. So I decided to reinstall iOS 13.1.1. Fortunately, I had saved a backup of my iPhone on iCloud right before I rolled back to 12.4.1, so when I reinstalled 13.1.1, my entire iPhone was restored, including all of my apps.

And the one thing I learned, now that I’m back to the new iOS, is that the issue with the WordPress Visual Editor in my iPhone’s web browser is also back, and it’s apparently the fault of Apple’s new iOS, and is not due to WordPress.

Bottom line, after spending virtually all afternoon and into the evening doing the rollback and the reinstall, I’m right back to where I was before I started. Talk about a huge waste of time!

Rant over.

Don’t Do It

B2D0FA83-CB80-4D4B-B361-8206EDA5FA17Don’t update. Yesterday I did two things I regret and I’m not sure if there is anything I can do to undo them. And I don’t know who to blame.

First, I installed the latest upgrade to iOS, the Apple operating system, on my iPhone. iOS 13.1, to be precise. Once that install was completed, I installed the latest WordPress app for iOS, the one that was “optimized” for iOS 13.

Big mistakes.

As many of you know, I use my iPhone for my blog. I use the WordPress app on my iPhone to check my stats, to read the posts that appear in my reader, and to make and/or reply to comments. But I don’t use the WordPress app to compose my posts because, well, it sucks. So I use one of the browsers in my iPhone — either Safari or Chrome — to draft and edit my posts.

But yesterday, after installing iOS 13.1 on my iPhone and updating to the latest WordPress app for iOS, everything went to hell in a hand basket.

When I go to compose a new post using my browser, something really weird is happening. My editing screen, while the same size, can only display a few lines at a time. It shows up like this:

What the hell? I can only enter two or three lines and then I have to scroll down to add or even read more than those few lines of text. Why doesn’t it offer me the entire screen for editing purposes like it did before I installed these so-called “updates”?

I wish these techno-gurus who are always trying to come up with new and “improved” way of doing things would sometimes just leave well enough alone. You know, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

But no! They can’t leave well enough alone, can they? And so they release the new and improved versions of their apps, which don’t fucking work right anymore. Should I blame Apple and/or WordPress for this mess? No, I blame myself for installing these damn “updates.”

Okay. Thank you for listening to my rant. I feel a little better now. Not really, but at least I’m sharing the misery.

And by the way, WordPress, I still can’t get the damn reblog button to work. I was hoping you would have at least fixed that with this last update.

Attention WordPress Bloggers

8AC25EE7-C442-4968-B53E-8F125BFE30BFWe’re rich! That’s right, we just got $300 million! Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, scored a $300 million investment from Salesforce Ventures, marking one of the single largest investments to date by the software giant’s venture arm.

As a result of the infusion of funds, San Francisco-based Automattic, which owns WordPress.com and is in a deal expected to close in the next few days to buy Tumblr — did you know that WordPress bought Tumbler? I didn’t — saw its valuation soar to $3 billion.

According to TechCrunch.com, WordPress now hosts 34% of the world’s top 10 million websites. I’d imagine that that percentage is likely to grow with all that new cash.

I wonder if any of that money will be used to address the glitches and quirks of Automattic’s flagship product. Ha! Don’t hold your breath, fellow bloggers.

By the way, that very happy looking guy in the photo at the top of this post is Matt Mullenweg, CEO of Automattic. I’d call that a $300 million dollar smile on his face.