All Change

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!

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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

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Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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12 Responses to All Change

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    Well done for getting to grips with the new editor. I haven’t tried yet, but we’ll see what happens when it has to happen. I did try to use it once, and got into a terrible mess! I ended up writing a humorous sonnet to Classic Editor! Will post it as it may well be topical right now. I guess we’ll all get used to the Block Editor in the end! Humph!!!

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  2. You’ll get there. Everything I write is in the Block editor, so it is possible to get half-decent results from it. Tbh I never found “code” any use at all, although I use “quote” quite a bit.
    The only thing where I normally need to edit the raw html is when I create a table – for some reason it makes every column the same width – the only way I figured out how to change that was by editing the code. Some of my images seem to get added into my media folder twice, but I haven’t worked out why that is.

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    • pendantry says:

      Interesting!

      How do you get to the code to edit it? I haven’t been able to figure that out (and it’s one of the things I want to be able to do, since I sometimes add a ‘title’ attribute to a link — to get a tooltip on mouseover — and the editor interface doesn’t let you do that). Scratch that, I’ve just found it. Ctl-Alt-Shift-M :)

      About the double images… are the dimensions of the duplicates identical? I’m wondering whether there’s something really smart going on in the background, such as: user uploads a huge image, but resizes it for the page (haven’t found out how to do that yet, btw); system makes a duplicate of the image that’s the size the user actually needs — because the page will load much faster that way.

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  3. John Holton says:

    I used it for a while, and they’re going to have to do a whole lot more work on it before I chance it again…

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  4. mistermuse says:

    Ditto blindzanygirl’s first comment.– “we’ll see what happens when it has to happen.” I’m not tech-savvy enough to do anything else.

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  5. Laura says:

    wallsoftextthatarepainfultoread make my brain implode. I have ZERO experience in the block editor so it’s sounding like June will be stressful for me…

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