The Honest Truth, The Crumbling Tooth and So Help Me Gutenberg!
The Honest Truth Bit First …
I haven’t been on a specific ‘Morning Musings’ walk of my own since Saturday 23rd … l have walked, just not photographed, walked and mused since that day. That night of that day will go down in history [my history] as being one of the official RePITA Days [Real Pain in the Ass Days]. I hope to resume MM’s soon enough but the above photo’s were taken on a walk yesterday morning with Suze.
As l sit constructing this ‘content’ post l am ever reminded of how much l currently detest the new Gutenberg Editor.
[Third New Paragraph or third Block] I mean who thought it was okay to keep wanting to add in new blocks to write a content post? Please if someone knows l am doing it wrong then let me know in the comments section as you will be saving me time … because this editor currently isn’t about saving time for me or any of you from what l can gather .. it’s about consuming time and lots of it! But ‘hey’ we are all learning it .
Yes, l am learning the ropes of it, and like all new things we must go through a teething aspect, not a good subject with me anyway currently which l shall explain shortly in the next bit and so l am gripey, moany and sound like an old fisher wife screeching on the beach – but this is a beach all of its own .. perhaps not spelt like that but it IS!
It is proving harder for me because of the way l have a lot of tables present in my blog. I use tables for directories, indexes and archives of the posts that are read long after they were originally written and published, by my readership and the tables make for much easier navigational access to older content. I use directories and tables so that l don’t have huge drop-down menu filled page links.
Prior to the new editor l was using M/S Word Tables – cutting and pasting and inserting them into my WordPress Editor and that worked mostly ‘fine …ish – wasn’t perfect, but it served the task at hand. Last week [21st May] when l read the notification about the Gutenberg launching June 1st – well l had literally forgotten on the face of it … but truthfully like many l had chosen to procrastinate on it and convinced myself l had enough time to ‘learn it’ at my own pace … well Hello!!? So it is entirely my own fault and NOT WordPress for that fact.
I spoke to the Happiness Engineers when l read that notification and asked them for advice concerning my Microsoft Word Document Tables and would they be affected by the transitional move directly? The answer was ‘not directly – no. But l might wish to start configuring my tables to the new editor today instead of leaving it to June 1st because to the reader ‘there will be no visible structure or layout’ change, internally however there might and could be …. So on the 23rd that night l had my entire blog switched over to the Gutenberg with the thoughts of ‘what will be, will be!”
Brave words indeed … and l was shown very quickly what the differences were. In the main l came to realise that l had roughly 80 pages of visible/invisible directories to the readership that YES were no different visually to external observers BUT internally speaking it was a whole different ball game … actually editing the pages is where l am losing time. Although with constant use I am getting better with it and marginally faster.
l owe that partially to Ashley who suggested – maybe it was easier to simply start afresh as in instead of trying to reconfigure with the old tables insert new tables from the new editor and that is of course the truth – all 80 pages are now having to be redesigned and started again on the actual page – so there is a lot of cutting and pasting of links going on which is extremely time consuming and the first page l ever redesigned infact was a Table Index that was used daily which is this one The Hello Directory.
Of course it will not look any different to the reader and more so if they didn’t know of its existence before today – but it is now a fully functional Gutenberg editor Table over a M/S Word Table and this means that because it is opened daily l can now work with it more efficiently. That’s the main feature of course … if they were old indexes that were not being accessed daily – l don’t need to reconfigure BUT if they are tables used daily or weekly then they need to be redesigned to Gutenberg editor workings.
I am now becoming more used to working with the Gutenberg’s Tables through intensive use daily and l have to be honest and say they are a major improvement over the way l was doing it beforehand. The time is consumed mostly because upon accepting to configure the new editor to the old page once inside you are met with an OCD nightmare and mixture of languages from normal to html coding and everything is literally higgledy-piggledy and l can not work with disorderly … l mean honestly who can?
But l am working on the corrections from 7am through to about 9pm so l hope to be resuming normality for this blog before June 1st and if not then not long afterwards. Which is good because then l can open up a new page with enthusiasm and simply write a post. The positive aspect of this is currently l am so hyperfocused on getting this lot done, that l rarely have time to create a 4th post! So that’s making that discipline easier.
The Crumbling Tooth Bit ….
What’s NOT making my job any easier during this time is that as some of you may recall, March [10th] of this year, just prior to the UK Lockdown on March 23 l finally went to the dentist and started the journey for Repair Dentistry due to the shape of my mouth and the pains l experience daily. Since then l have experienced a couple of smaller jaw infections and abscesses and l have managed to treat them accordingly without the need for a call to the dentists [who are shut until July 1st].
But on the morning of the 23rd l started to experience some discomfort in my lower jaw – so l started taking some pain killers, salt rinsing my mouth, mouth washing intensified and brushing too in an attempt to knock the infection down. The infection however continued to get worse and by yesterday afternoon – the agony started!
Last night l retired to bed very early for me in pain and distress, way before 10pm but by 3am the agonies were back … the infection is now in my glands in my throat on the right side, the lower jaw horribly swollen and the abcess is just starting to now appear in my lower front teeth gum line and it’s huge! About the size of a penny or a cent. My throat is now restricting my ability to speak and swallowing is very hard unless liquids. I have no bite anymore … so l am very keen to start the repair journey as soon as possible!
I called the emergency line of my own dentist this morning and they have digitally emailed a prescription to a chemist which Suze will collect this afternoon for some anti-biotics which will be a huge blessing. But everything going on with the new editor and the stresses and the constant tablet taking and the pains and the frustrations it has made me a bit of a grumpy fucker!
Oh well as they say … what doesn’t kill us – makes us stronger!!
The So Help Me Gutenberg Bit …
I’ll not lie and say l love this new editor at this present time … BUT … one of the main reasons for my dislike is because of the sheer volume of stressful Table redesigning l am having to do … the new editor DOES make Table work a lot easier and for that l am grateful. Because l have been working with it so intensely since the 23rd l am becoming more acquainted with a lot of its over all functionality … and there are some huge advantageous benefits to the new editor equally as there are disadvantages.
I find some areas quite laggy, like when trying to create a new post there is a dreadful delay. There are still glitchy aspects to it … l am not fond of continually making new blocks for new paragraphs and l am someone who likes and prefers to write directly into the editor but as a friend of mine suggested .. Stephen that what he does is write outside of the editor and then cuts and pastes direct into the editor. Stephen runs a new build blog and so no longer has the option of using the current editor we are all perhaps too used to. It’s a very ‘time consuming editor’ and not great currently for speedy creation.
I write ‘too used to’, because let’s be seriously truthful – familiarity breeds contempt – and we all fall victim to that. There will be come the 1st June an option to switch to Classic editor or even alternate between the two editors as in block and classic – l know that is how Grace is currently working it – but l have opted to stay in the Gutenberg.
We all need to celebrate change, l am a fine one for saying that and then griping about the Block – it’s a bit hypocritical Rory! Sure l don’t like change – no one does … not really. But l think in the long run, this new editor will be greatly beneficial to my longer range plans for the blog. I have now – when not writing posts, or reading your blogs, or redesigning Tables within directories taken the time to study the Gutenberg editor and watched tutorials and l am NOT that unimpressed with it actually.
Yes, it’s not perfect – not yet, and there will probably be more hotfixes to it in the future …. but hey as l like to say ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day and we all need to occasionally leave the safety of the comfort zone – it reminds me a bit of the film “Six Days, Seven Nights” When Harrison Ford [Quinn] says to Anne Heche [Robin] … at the end of the film, l couldn’t find an English speaking version of the clip so the quote will have to suffice.
Robin Monroe : You’re here.
Quinn Harris : I decided my life is too simple, I wanna complicate the hell out of it.
That’s the Gutenberg – complicated till it’s not.
Till the next time – thanks for reading.