What Fresh Hell Is This?

If WordPress was truly a forum for writers and by writers, they would understand that writers become accustomed to things and don’t like to change.

We are like athletes who have a favorite baseball glove, a lucky jersey, a favorite curling broom, or a pair of cleats that they will not play a game without. Writers are very much the same (except without all the physical activity). We like things a certain way.

Want to freak out an athlete? Hide his or her favorite bowling ball. Replace their hockey stick with a curling broom. Over-inflate their footballs.

Well, it is the same for writers. Forcing us to use a new editor is no different from the examples I just gave.

So, here’s the bottom line. Here is my personal message to whomever is the Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, or Genghis Khan of WordPress.

I hate your &$#*@& new editor.

(P.S. Thank you for the blog post idea. I was kind of sucking wind up until I tried to use your execrable new editor.)



  1. I can’t even use wordpress in my chrome browser. I get jetpack errors, and feed errors. If I go to another browser everything seems fine. But the errors I have keep me away…not that I am very active with my blog as it is.

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    • Hmmm … that’s strange. I use Chrome. However, I only have the bare minimum of gadgets installed in my WP interface. It’s all I can do to post a simple post. It is tempting fate for me to try and do anything more than that. πŸ™‚


  2. I switched a while ago, and though I’m used to it, I still dislike it because it’s not for writers, for people who edit their work and highlight and move stuff around and even delete sometimes (just a couple words, not the whole block, what the heck???) I think they made it with a different kind of creator in mind which is inane, but I guess blogs aren’t for words anymore?

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    • Hi, A.K.! I agree with you 100% that the new editor is in no way geared towards writers, but rather to multi-media “content providers”. I wrote a post tonight and it literally took about 4 times longer than it normally would have. And I got so frustrated 2 or 3 times that I nearly just chucked it all. But I stuck with it. I still don’t like it, though. If there was a reasonable alternative to WP, I’d so be there!

      And I like your comment that blogs are not for words any more. That certainly seems to be the case, doesn’t it?

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  3. I absolutely hate it, too! I’ve been using it though, so I can get used to it. It’s been slow and I still get pissed at it but slowly, I’m getting the hang of it. Still don’t like it but I guess that doesn’t matter to the powers that be. After weeks of fighting this new editor, I found that you can choose “classic” for each individual block and that has made my life easier!

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    • Hi, Deb! I’m sorry you don’t like it either, but it is nice to have company in my loathing of it. πŸ™‚ I know I will get “comfortable” with it someday, but I will never stop hating it. Writing should be as easy as opening up a blank post and starting typing. Now every part of the writing process is such a gawd-awful frustration that I nearly give up every time.

      I tried the “classic” block for the post I wrote tonight and, you’re right, it was better. But still not great.

      Oh well … let’s just keep encouraging each other and maybe someday, like chronic back pain, we will just learn to live with it.

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    • Hiya, Mr. Ohh! That’s a good idea. I did actually used to write externally in Word and then paste it into my blogs, but for some reason, I find a much lower incidence of writer’s block when I write in the blog directly vs. in Word. I’m not sure why that is.

      But with the new editor, I may go back to composing in Word.

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    • Hi, Christine! I could not agree with you more. One of my all-time pet peeves in life is when people or organizations make inherently simple things so complicated that it makes me want to jump off of a building. Like a TV remote with 700 buttons in six square inches. I just want to change the channel! It’s easier to walk across the room and change it manually. Reminds me of the days when you had to go to the TV and turn the channel knob with a pair of pliers because the knob had broken off years ago. How far have we really come?

      This abomination of an editor is the latest in that chain of de-evolution.


    • Hi! Hopefully you won’t suffer though all of the frustrations that I have. I admit it … I have a real problem with “new” things. I’d still be typing on my old electric Olympia typewriter if I had my druthers, but I can’t find ribbons for it any more. πŸ˜€

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      • Check Amazon for those ribbons! I have recently fallen in love with typewriters again. But thanks to Tom Hanks the good ones can’t be found. Anyway. I haven’t seen ‘improvements’ in most of what WP forces on us. I like opening up something as familiar as a blank page and start writing, or put what I’ve been working on, in place. I suppose we will muddle through.

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  4. I live in terror. They have been threatening for years. I have been trying to stay out of their notice. Maybe they will forget me and leave me be? hahaha. who am I kidding . . . the apocalypse is here!

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    • Hi Noel! And you’re so right. And I apologize to all of my dog readers.

      I didn’t have a choice but to use it. The classic editor disappeared from my WP. It’s like they don’t even care what I think. Just like the management at the company I work at!


  5. It was Change-over day for me, too — and others write about being discombobulated by the new system. But this is where we’re at; this morning I wrote a quickie poem about “NEW and IMPROVED.”

    One day I tried to turn on my daughter’s electronic all-the-bells-and-whistles clothes dryer; but I lacked a degree in computer science. Now it’s their NEW and IMPROVED tap-less (read: touch it just the right way or else no) water faucet. Sigh…

    Glad you found a topic that inspired you! πŸ˜‰

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    • Hi Christine! I’m sorry you’re having to suffer through this as well, but at least we can suffer together.

      And I agree … so many everyday things have become so complicated that I’d rather just not use them. Why does a washing machine need 7 dials, 27 buttons, and an eject button? Do they want us to land the thing in the East River a la Captain Sullenberger?

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  6. It’s not that bad. If you choose the “Classic” block, you get pretty much the same editor as we had previously, and you can work inside that with text and images, just like always. It’s a little awkward until you find where all the buttons and such are, but every function still is there — If I were there I could show you how to make it work for you in about ten minutes. You’ll figure it out!

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    • Hi Linda! Thanks for the vote of confidence. πŸ™‚ I tried the “classic” block and it was indeed less sucky. I suppose I will begrudgingly get used to the new editor someday just like I got used to not being young anymore.

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    • Hi, Dee! I have decided to take a deep breath, hold my nose, and take this giant dose of cod liver oil. I know it won’t cure anything I have, or make me feel better, and might even have unpleasant side-effects. But as I have no choice, I’ll just try to muddle through somehow. πŸ˜€


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