Blogger — Just for Grins and Giggles

Since I tend to scream like a banshee every time I have to deal with the WordPress block editor, I went and created a blog on Blogger (blogspot.com) today. I used to blog on Blogger many years ago, but I ultimately, after a short stint using TypePad, moved my blog to WordPress in 2013, where, until recently, I’d been relatively happy.

It didn’t take me too long to set up my blog on Blogger. It wasn’t a cinch, per se, but it was relatively straightforward. And I posted by first post this morning, which, if you wish to read it, you can click here.

I am not sure if I am going to keep that Blogger blog. I guess that depends on whether or not WordPress is going to shitcan the classic editor in the few iterations remaining — on the wp-admin site and within the WordPress app for iOS.

But I can tell you that one mighty difference between WordPress and Blogger is that Blogger has a simple, word processor-like editor that is more well suited for the kind of blogging that I do than is that stupid block editor in WordPress.

That is the primary tangible benefit that Blogger has over WordPress. But there are some intangible benefits that WordPress has that might ultimately make it hard for me to leave WordPress entirely. For example, there’s no “like” button on Blogger. And I don’t think the Blogger community is as large, robust, and supportive as it is here on WordPress.

Of course, I’ve been blogging on WordPress for more than seven years and on Blogger (this time around) for just a few hours, so it’s premature to make any definitive decisions.

Any thoughts any of you might have on WordPress versus Blogger will be welcome.


Written with these daily prompts in mind: Word of the Day Challenge (banshee), Your Daily Word Prompt (cinch), Ragtag Daily Prompt (mighty), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (intangible).

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Yesterday I posted about a way to add a drop cap to the opening paragraph of a post to give it a more professional look. And if you go to my blog and read the actual post from there, it does look kind of cool.But I learned today that if you read my post with a drop cap in the WordPress Reader, it’s a whole different story.My question to you, those who read my posts, is this. Do you typically read them in the WordPress Reader or do you go visit my blog and read them on the internet as they were formatted to look?

Let me know, please.

SoCS — Medium Rare

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has asked us to write a post using the word “medium.”

The first thing that popped into my head was the way I like my steaks and burgers prepared: medium rare. However, I prefer my eggs to be over easy, not over medium.

But what may be of more interest to you, my fellow WordPress bloggers, than how I like my steak or eggs prepared, is that I’ve been playing around with the blog hosting site, Medium.MediumI downloaded the Medium app for the iPhone, and I created an account there. I haven’t yet published a post on Medium, but I am trying to get to know it.

I’m examining Medium because WordPress is bound and determined to make us all use it’s goddam block editor whether we want to or not. And for me, it’s a solid “not.”

What do I think of Medium so far? Well, I just downloaded the app yesterday, so it’s way too early to form an opinion. That said, my first impression is that Medium is a platform for writers, not for publishers, which seems to be what WordPress wants to become.

When you create a post on Medium, you get a blank screen, like a simple word processing screen. It’s sort of the way the beloved classic editor in WordPress used to be. There are no myriad blocks you have to figure out how to use. You just start typing your post and nothing complicated gets in your way.

So, no, I’m not yet ready to leave WordPress or to migrate my blog to Medium, but I am going to keep my options open. Because I hate the block editor almost as much as I hate Donald Trump, I’m going to continue to explore Medium as a possible alternative to WordPress. And if I like it, I may just give it a go.

But don’t worry. I’ll give you plenty of notice if I decide to make the switch from WordPress to Medium.

SoCS — Old and New

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Linda G. Hill wants us to explore “new/old” and to use either or both of the words — “new” and “old” — any way we’d like.

Typically, one might think of new and old to be opposites, where “new” has a positive connotation and “old” has a negative one. For example, there’s that cool new telephone you bought to replace your crummy old one, that new car that you got after trading in your old car, that new house you moved into after you sold your old house, or that hot new chick you’re seeing after you divorced your old lady.

But “new” and “old” are not always synonymous with the good or bad connotations often ascribed to them. I’m an old man, but after I retired I had to try to reinvent myself and to become a new man, which was a necessary and good thing to do. Now if only I could figure out how to reinvent myself from an being an old man to being a young man.

And there’s the “out with the old, in with the new” philosophy that seems to be embraced by so many these days. New and improved is not necessarily better than old and reliable. And yes, that’s a none-too-subtle jab at WordPress for having shitcanned the good old classic editor and replacing it with that awful new block editor, forcing some of us to decide if we even want to continue to blog on WordPress.

And with all that said, it’s time to greet the new day and to hope, with all the crap that is swirling around us, that it will be no worse than the old day was.

Have a nice Saturday, folks.

WordPress is FOWCing with Fandango…Again

As most of you know

  1. I blog using my iPhone
  2. I hate the block editor because it sucks on an iPhone

And, as most of you also know, I host a number of prompts, including my daily FOWC with Fandango prompt. What I do with this (and my other prompts), is

  1. log on to https://fivedotoh.com/wp-admin
  2. use the classic editor version on the wp-admin site
  3. copy the latest published or recently scheduled post for the new prompt post
  4. that opens up the post to be copied in classic editor
  5. make the necessary changes for the new prompt post in the classic editor
  6. save and schedule the updated post for the appropriate day and time in the classic editor

But as of today, when I go to the wp-admin site on my iPhone and try to copy an existing post that was published using the classic editor, it opens up the copied post in the goddam fucking block editor. At least it does on my iPhone — I haven’t tried it yet on my laptop.

And as of today, even if I’m logged on to wp-admin, when I go to add a new post, it opens up the block editor with no option to use the classic editor.

I’m going to reach out to the WordPress happiness engineers, but I’m pretty sure I know what they’ll tell me: “Too bad, so sad.”

But I’m telling you folks, this may be the proverbial straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. If this is the way it’s going to be from now on, I may stop posting my prompts. Hell, I may stop posting altogether.