Testing the new block editor tentatively

Water drops. Text: How to survive Boredom. Not very well. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt


So I’ve decided to test it out while I still have room to run and scream if I don’t like it.

So far it seems very much like the old editor, except with new controls – which I don’t know yet.

I don’t even remember creating the graphic above, but it’s in my media file from my days in New Jersey, so I probably did.

I’m getting a bit more energy from my low-dose naltrexone.

ldn works differently from medicines.

It blocks opioid receptors in your brain for a couple of hours, during which your brain decides something’s wrong – and creates more of them.

This leads to more endorphins, and other things happen, so you find yourself dealing with generalized inflammation as well.

Some people even think it will help deal with the coronavirus; I’m not going to test that deliberately, and don’t know how I will tell that I have or haven’t, but it’s a good thought. Anything that helps.

I’m also getting, a lot of the time, less brain fog

This is the main reason I’m interested in it: in these thirty years I’ve had ME/CFS, I haven’t found anything I can DO to reduce brain fog, and have had to wait every day to see if my brain would kick on and be usable.

Then I’d have to make sure whatever functionality showed up that day wasn’t needed for something critical in life, which is why I did very little writing when we were moving and packing and sorting and dejunking and dealing with real estate agents (theirs) and lawyers (theirs) who didn’t do what they said they’d do or when they said they’d do it, even though the contract clearly said we could dump the whole idea if they didn’t.

My top level functionality hasn’t improved

but I think the bottom level may have come up a bit.

The most notable effect, after taking a year to slowly titrate the ldn up to the therapeutic dose, is that I seem to spend more time every day toward the higher end of the functionality my brain is capable of, and get more done in that time.

And it seems to come every day, which was something I couldn’t count on before.

In fact, I was doing prep work for today’s writing around midnight last night – something that, trust me, never happens. I’m usually dead by 8 or 9 pm, even though my brain refuses to admit it and allow sleep.

Objective measurements?

Four finished scenes in the last two weeks – absolutely unheard of.

It still takes a lot of time to do what I do, but I’m spending more time per day doing it, so it is taking fewer days to get in the necessary time.

As my friend MT would say, Woo hoo!

And other than finding it slightly annoying, I’m not having any trouble making the new block editor do exactly what the old editor did, which is a few headings, some paragraphs of text, and image or two, and

Wait a minute. Where did the categories and tags go?

There they are, under a tag ‘Document’ up at the top of the page.

So far it is twice as many steps to select a heading style for a block of text. Annoying.

There is still a link ‘Switch to Classic Editor,’ which I will use until it disappears, but this was not that hard to figure out – for my simple blogging needs.

Which I’m pretty sure won’t change until five years or so from now when they decide to edit the editor again.

Oops. WAIT. Where’s my horizontal separator line?

This exercise has taken me to the ONE UNFORGIVABLE SIN of an editor, eating my text.

The previous one SAVED everything as I wrote.

Now I have to do it manually.


11 thoughts on “Testing the new block editor tentatively

  1. marianallen

    I’ve been using the block editor since it was first offered, since they said at that time they’d be switching to it whether I liked it or not. I like the old editor better, on the whole, but (my husband hates this expression) it is what it is.


  2. Stefani

    That is what I found with the block editor too. It has a lot of fancy new tools but ultimately it takes me longer to do what I wish to do. I am sure there is a learning curve but I can now get a post up with only mild annoyance with it, which is a step in the right direction.


    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      Don’t forget to save frequently! Why they would disable an Autosave function I’ll neve know. When the page said there was a different version saved, I clicked on it – and it was missing the last few paragraphs.

      Wasted ten minutes of my life. Once I write something, it’s out of my brain, and I couldn’t remember what I’d written.

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      1. Stefani

        Oh no! I have no idea why you would get rid of auto save, I’ve accidentally clicked things closed more times than I can count.


        1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

          It has a ‘versions’ that it keeps automatically, but no notice of what or how often this happened, and I just keep a single version when I’m doing my not very elaborate posts – a graphic or photo with some words, a bit of text with a few subheading for easy reading, and I’m out of there.

          I, too, have closed things accidentally – and been very glad SOMEBODY was saving when the close happened.


  3. acflory

    Yeah, the new block editor looks simpler but actually takes far more keystrokes to achieve the basics, which have been dumbed down. At the other end, there are editing functions that I’ve never heard of much less know /how/ to use. And then there’s the annoyance of the editing ‘bar’ that continually blocks my view of what I’ve just written. All I can assume is that the block editor works on mobiles a whole lot better than on proper computers. Perhaps we should all try to write our books on our phones?


    1. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt Post author

      I will always be a full-keyboard, proper big monitor kind of person – a ten-finger typist and a desktop blogger.

      I put apps on my phone for my convenience or when I have no other choice (that’s how I deposit checks to a bank which has no branches west of Pittsburgh, for our convenience in not changing banks when we moved).

      If they let me stay with the Classic (ha!), I will. If not, I look to a future of saving every time I make a change.

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      1. acflory

        Same. 🙂 I really struggle with my phone because things like battery consumption are in such a small type that I literally need a magnifier to read them. And they can’t be adjusted. Admittedly, I have a cheap, Android smartphone, but even if it were top of the range, I still wouldn’t use it as a mobile computer.
        Sadly I believe WordPress is hell bent on getting rid of the old editor and they aren’t listening to us. :/

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