Blogging Insights # 35 – Gutenberg

The Gutenberg Editor, a WordPress editing program, made its appearance a year or so back. It was supposed to be, like all new things, better than the existing WordPress Editor. Today we discuss how we have (or have not) adapted to it:

QUESTIONS

What is your experience with the Gutenberg editor?

Do you prefer it over the previous editor?

If you are not satisfied with Gutenberg, what suggestions can you make to WordPress to enhance your blogging experience?

MY ANSWERS

What is your experience with the Gutenberg editor?

When I first launched my blog, my daughter did all the technical work of installing etc. for me. All I wanted was to write, I had very little computer knowledge . In the beginning, I used to get stuck for hours on simple tasks like adding images or links to my posts. Imagine my consternation when, just as I had grown acclimatised to the WordPress editor, I learned that a new one was being launched.

Over the past year or so, I came across posts by people who had tried the new Gutenberg editor . No one seemed very happy with it. This discouraged me, a total non techie, from trying it for myself. However, since June 1st this year , Gutenberg appeared on my smartphone WordPress app. I had to use it per force. On my laptop the Classic/old editor continued to operate until I clicked the option for Gutenberg on my Dashboard for the purposes of this post.

Do you prefer it over the previous editor?

Absolutely not. Although I can manage the blocks, I find them time consuming.

If you are not satisfied with Gutenberg,  what suggestions can you make to WordPress to enhance your blogging experience?

I would love to have a “hang proof” and glitch free version of the old editor. Most of us on WordPress are here for the reading, writing and sharing experience. We would all welcome software that enables us to do this smoothly and quickly. I don’t think that is asking for too much.

Okay, that was my bit; now I would love to read your views.

You could share them in the comments section below.

Better still, why not write a post of your own about this? Just remember to tag it

#blogginginsights    

46 thoughts on “Blogging Insights # 35 – Gutenberg

  1. I tried it. I hated it. It’s not that I can’t use complex software and I have for most of my professional life. But this is blogging. I’m retired. I really don’t need something so complicated to write anecdotal stories and the occasional book or movie review. And I’m absolutely SURE that at least two, maybe three other writers on this blog wouldn’t have a clue how to use it either and probably wouldn’t write anymore. ]

    Nothing as simple as blogging needs a processor that complicated. It’s unnecessary and requires a learning curve that many of us were happy to give up when we retired.

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  2. I’m fine with either one. On my phone app, I use the classic editor because it’s more convenient for cutting and pasting from posts I’ve saved as prompts. But on my laptop, I use the block editor (Gutenberg). It’s more convenient for my longer posts (essays and fiction), where I might want to incorporate saved blocks.

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  3. I started my blog years ago and had a lot of help doing so. Since then my brother wanted to blog as well. He asked me for help but things have gotten a lot more complicated since my humble beginnings. WordPress does not make it easy for neophytes to even get started. I even tried watching a few tutorials so I could try to help him – they were just not helpful. Too. Much. Information.

    I use my desktop for most blogging and now and then my tablet when we’re traveling. I can manage the blocks but I am of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality. I have become accustomed to the blocks but my blog site remains fairly simple. I don’t add video, but will embed something from time to time.

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