Linda G Hill‘s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday, 23May2020 is “ch.” Find a word that starts with “ch” and use it as your prompt word. Bonus points if you start your post with that word. Enjoy!
Change can be challenging. It’s not so much the initial fear of the change itself that inspires trepidation; it’s more to do with the potential ongoing effects — and these, of course, aren’t known in advance.
Take, for instance, the change to the new block editor that WordPress has inflicted upon all of its content creators. I’m using this now, for the first time. Now, I have to admit that at the moment, there isn’t very much that’s different. An initial struggle to get the image above inserted — I wasn’t sure how to insert one of these ‘block’ things above the introductory sentence — was followed by the relatively painless decision to choose the ‘paragraph block’ and begin to write. After all, paragraphs are the building blocks of all writing. Some folks (who shall remain nameless) seem to not have learnt about paragraphs; such people write in wallsoftextthatarepainfultoread. I’m often tempted to point this out to them, but I almost always refrain since people tend to dislike anything that can be construed as criticism, even when it is offered with the best of intentions. But I digress; and, worse than that, I’m in danger of creating my own walloftext right here, so I’ll move on….
The older I get, the more curmudgeonly I become. I think, however, that this is perfectly natural. One spends time learning how to do something, and eventually it becomes familiar, and, like an old pair of comfortable shoes, the thought of discarding it brings with it a case of the screaming heebie-jeebies. Such is my feeling about the new editor, though as I’m typing this I’m finding the nervousness ebbing away. After all, it’s not as though I’m having to learn a new input device (I did that some years ago when I switched from QWERTY to Dvorak — you can read all about that right here on my blog if you’re interested, although I can’t give you a link right now because the ‘stream of consciousness’ rules don’t allow that). I’m still just typing on the keyboard and the words are appearing on the screen.
… I appear to have ground to a halt. Probably just as well, because I don’t want to risk boring you. Which of course assumes that you’re actually reading this drivel. So I’ll end with a big ‘thank you!’ to Linda for providing the prompt (see first paragraph for link).
*stream of consciousness off*: I'm looking for the 'Sharing' options for this post (the place where 'likes' and the 'reblog' button go and so on), and I'm not finding it... Ah! They're hidden behind the 'green flash' icon, the 'Jetpack' button. And, just because I can, I'm going to add a 'Drop cap' to the first paragraph :) *thinks* I just hit 'preview' to check how this post renders, and this block is a bit odd because I've defined it as 'code', which it's not :D