The Block Editor ….. Beaten into Submission?

I beat this block editor like a nun with yard stick!

After all my complaining about the damnably evil block editor, I sat down and worked out how to make it work for me. I’m going to outline, in excruciating detail, just how I create my review posts with it. Doing this has made me realize that WordPress is no longer a blogging platform.
* whole paragraphed removed due to self censure *
I’m going to outline how I used to write a review and how I do it now.

BEFORE:
1) Write the entire post in Open Office using my Review Template.
2) Start a new post in WordPress w/ Review Title
3) Insert my cover picture
4) Copy/paste my entire review from Open Office
5) Left align the cover, thus bringing all the text into its correct place
6) Insert my avatar at the end of the post
7) add tags
8) add date and time for scheduled post
9) hit “schedule” and voila, done!

AFTER:
1) Write entire post in Open Office using my Review Template
2) Start a new post in WordPress w/ Review Title
3) Insert a “Classic Block”
4) Inside the classic block, insert my cover picture
5) Inside the classic block, copy/paste ONLY the info part of the review (legaleeze through the Word count)
6) Left align the cover, thus bringing the info into proper alignment
7) Insert Spacer Block (at 20pt, the minimum)
8) Copy/paste the rest of the review into wordpress
9) Insert Spacer Block between the last sentence of the Synopsis and My Thoughts
10A) Insert Image Block at end of review
10B) Insert Avatar in Image Block
11) Insert Spacer Block between star rating and avatar
12) Insert spacer block between avatar and any additional links
13) Click on “Document” over in the settings on the right hand side
14) Select Category
15) Add tags
16) Open a new tab in my browser
17) Select the Google Calendar shortcut
18) See what days of the month have no posts and select one
19) Type in the blog title into google calendar on that empty day
20) Close tab
21) Add date and time for scheduled post in WordPress
22) Voila, done!

Wow! I guess I was wrong and the gutless, spineless code engineers pimps at WordPress were right! What a time saving, incredibly efficient way to write! Those 14 extra steps make my review look SO MUCH BETTER (no, it takes me 14 profanity laced extra steps to make it look the same as before!!!!)

I have tried using only the classic block, but it doesn’t honor double returns (double space) between paragraphs so everything looked like total crap. So I’m forced to kluge together this abortion of a process to simply keep things looking how I’ve had them. How, in anyone’s brain who is sane, can this be considered a step forward, a net positive, something good?

23 steps. To write a FORSAKEN review. My workload to write a review has more than doubled and I’m supposed to be happy and ok with that? I’ve just completely depressed myself. See you all tomorrow ….

122 thoughts on “The Block Editor ….. Beaten into Submission?

      1. I find them quite useful and you can share them and any changes the other person makes are visible too! Like I usually share on my both mails and it helps a lot, and after you are done, you can save in any format you want.

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    1. Interesting. since I write all my stuff in openoffice, that’s not a problem for me. Have you thought about writing in some other program or is that too much of a hassle? Or is switching to classic as far as you’re willing to go?

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    1. Really? I’ve had no scheduling issues, thankfully. I do have to use google calendar to keep trackof existing posts though, so that is an extra pain.

      I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t schedule 😦

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  1. I’m in full agreement with you. What grates me most is that they disabled most features in “the old editor” in an effort to force people to use their new brainchild. If you want to give people a REAL choice, you don’t purposefully maim the older version.

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    1. Yep, they did all they could to force people into the block editor while “claiming” they weren’t.
      I don’t know if you read the forums, but anytime anyone talks about the block/classic editor, staff starts talking like a propaganda machine. It is unreal.

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  2. Lol…well. That certainly seems like one hell of a step back. I’m still using the old editor, and as long as I can keep using it I will. Especially considering the fact that I’ve heard so much negativity about this new editor. I did receive a pretty good instruction video from one of my blogging friends. I’m sharing it here just in case you are interested and it might be helpful 😊 https://youtu.be/C76wIOmijrc

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      1. Well…I’m glad you rescued my comment from spam Hell (if there is such a thing as a spam Hell lol😂) Everything I have seen so far about this editor is that it’s certainly not something I will enjoy using that’s for sure. I’m still using the old editor for as long as I can 😅😅😅

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  3. I just use the WP admin page. The classic editor doesn’t support Grammarly and I’ve come to really rely on that tool. Also, the block editor is a pain in the neck.

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  4. I’m not using the WP block editor and have no intention ever to do so. If they ever make that thing compulsory without the option to avoid it, that’ll be the moment I’m out of here.

    The hosting service I’m using for my office website has a de-facto compulsory block editor (you can insert “blocks” / segments of your own html, but there’s no WYSIWYG screen, so you constantly have to switch back and forth between a drafting and a preview screen, which drives me batty and makes that option pretty much a no-go for me). If they didn’t have by far the best hosting package for offices of my size, I’d be out of there like a shot. I have absolutely no desire to face the same sort of crap editing situation with regard to my private / reviewing blog as well.

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  5. I can understand your frustration very well… My posting “style” is simpler than yours, so I don’t have to take as many steps as you listed, but one of the most time-consuming actions I now have to take is to highlight each single paragraph of the post to be able to access the “justify” option for the text, while with the classic editor I could simply highlight the whole thing and press control-option-J (I’m on a Mac) to justify the whole text.
    In one single action. (((insert very frustrated growl)))
    SIGH

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      1. When you highlight a block of text, a box with several paragraph options appears: when you click on the one that looks like a downward pointing arrow (it’s the one before the last on the right), you get a menu with several options, including “justify”. Hope this helps! 🙂

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                1. They’ve already stated that the block editor is the new default. New people signing up have to use it and at some point the old editor will be retired fully.
                  On the forums I’ve heard it will be available “for the foreseeable” future, but I’ve also seen dates like 2021 or even 2022. The uncertainty is as bad as anything 😦

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    1. I’m just glad blogger has backed off of their supposed upgrade. When they force us to go to their new editor, I’ll be having to decide if the work of posting reviews on 2 sites is worth the work :-/

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  6. I have only ever worked here after the block editor was introduced, so it is difficult for me to tell how it was before. However, I do think you might win some time making a custom block which has the spacers and all already in place.

    Also recently found out that there is no need for image block. If you past an image in a text block it will also work.

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    1. With a custom block though, wouldn’t I have to copy/paste each part of my openoffice document into the appropriate place in the block?

      As for the image, so if I post my dropbox link it will automatically turn it into an image? I’ll have to play around with that.

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      1. Ehmm, I hadn’t thought of that but probably yes.

        I don’t know from the Dropbox, but bookcovers I take directly from LT and just copy paste them. I think it even works better if you copy the image rather than the image link. But I am still figuring things out here.

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  7. It’s a huge step down for sure for text based blogging.

    Most annoying thing for me is that I haven’t found a way to make images clickable and open to full image in another tab. You tipped me the way to do it in the previous editor, but that doesn’t work anymore, so now I’m back at switching to the classic one at the end just to do that.

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    1. Ok, here’s how:

      once you’ve inserted the picture, click on it. this should bring up the annoying tool bar right above it. One of those is the “link”, looks like a link of a chain.
      click that.
      then select either media file or attachment.
      the select the little down arrow to the right.
      then click the little tab that says “open in a new tab”.

      I THINK that should work. Let me go find out myself on this very post. The nun and the extra steps meme should now be clickable.

      Yes, it works. Media file opens the pix in just a new tab while the attachmentpage opens up some sort of carousel thingy.

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              1. I just tried to write a post that’s just a bit more complex than my usual reviews… with two images and two titles, and two horizontal lines, and it was hell. I ended up switching back to the classic editor just to get the layout right.

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                1. Ok, here’s the skinny for editing a pix in the classic block. Klugy as all get out but it works:

                  1) select the pix
                  2) In the main toolbar, hit the link button
                  3) click the little gear box to the right when the “options” menu opens over your pix
                  4) copy/paste the url of the image in the url box.
                  5) check the “open in new tab” box right under that.
                  6) hit “add link”

                  And I think you should be good to go. I think…

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                    1. I concur, EVERYTHING is now more difficult. Plus, they have taken away many things that used to function (spell check, visual calendar of upcoming posts, just to name 2).

                      Personally, I think WP is trying to move away from the ads supported free blog model and into the paid subscription model. They want to be a big paid hosting company. And honestly, what do free bloggers bring to the table?

                      I see people on the forums all the time saying things like “I’ve been blogging here for 10 years and this is outrageous, blah, blah, blah” but they are on the free plan. While I agree with their assessment, why do they think anyone at WP cares? Staff has already indicated that the block editor is here to stay and the classic is on its way out. And blogspot just changed their editor, so even moving over there isn’t necessarily a good thing.

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                    2. paid users who use websites to generate income in one form or another. Whether through making a site to sell things or in some other form.

                      The kind of people who want complete and utter control over a page and are more interested in how a page looks, that they have spent days creating, than in writing.

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                    3. So instead of a blog site, the new editor enables better general website building. Okay that makes sense, that clears it up. Then again, lay-out for mostly text based sites has become more difficult.

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                    4. I think you are correct. Chuckles, over on chucklesbookcave.blogspot.com, just put up a comparison of various blogging/website sites, as blogger is also upgrading their editor and making her pull her hair out.

                      The thing I notice is the complexity of everything. No more wysiwyg editors 😦

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                2. And this why my reviews are templated. Once I figured out how to do it, I was all set. And that was bad enough. I can’t imagine trying a different review style and having to learn it anew every time 😦

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  8. I’m not yet forced to use the new method, it seems I’m better off 🙂 When they do force me, I’ll use your manual 🙂
    And let us know if you discover the fix for clickable images issue, we rely on you here!

    Thanks for sharing :)!

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          1. Heh, I just got the email… I have to use the new system, unless I upgrade my account, then I could install the classic editor as a plugin… The new system does seem to be a useless monstrosity, but luckily I have your manual 🙂

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              1. The Tattooed Bookgeek yesterday mentioned “Add New Post” option in WP Admin and I haven’t yet used it, but it looks similar to the classic editor. Have you tried that?

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  9. Aaaand … I still can’t tell from your description which editor I am using. But probably Block Editor. I do insert image blocks when I’m going to insert an image, and I usually try to compose my posts directly in the editor because cut and paste is such a pain and almost always results in at least one of the text blocks inexplicably being single spaced …

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  10. I’ve been writing my posts directly into WordPress for a long time, so I don’t find the block editor as annoying. I have created draft templates for my commonly-used posts (reviews, wrap-ups, etc) and once I went through the hassle of creating those, now all I do is “copy post” and type in the new text. It means I have a lot of clutter in my drafts tab, but it makes writing the posts a lot easier!

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  11. Yeah, I’m not a fan of the block editor either – and even when I do make myself use it, all the ‘fancy’ blocks break when viewed either in mobile or in the WP app, so WHY?? Luckily, on the .org sites you can install a plug-in that shuts off the block editor and lets you stick with the Classic.

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      1. More curiously, why make it mandatory? It doesn’t make sense to try to force everyone to use it – especially when they can’t be bothered to ensure it works across all platforms.

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  12. Love that nun pic! My workaround is that I paste text into block editor (classic) and then go to Admin and work on my post from there 😉 It gives you all the old functionality, even fully justify is simply Alt+Shift+J 😀

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    1. I might have to try that to see if it makes a difference. I do have my system though, and since it seems to be working (albeit with many extra steps), I am loathe to mess around too much. It feels very much like WP is TRYING to make it hard to just blog 😦

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      1. You won’t hear any defense of WP from me – that new editor thing is a hack, and a painful one at that. In Polish we have a saying that can be translated roughly to “better is the enemy of good” – seems fitting! 😆

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  13. I was so happy when I got an email about how “easy” it is to switch back to classic editor, but turns out out I need to become a coder just to understand how it works. I now have to write posts in my Admins screen??? I do not know man I am not happy I have the classic “block” now as a standerd thing when I write my posts, but seriously not impressed with the shift. And they have taken away word count??? WTF???

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    1. Yeah, it isn’t good how they’ve handled this. They’ve moved away from making an editor for people who just want to write towards people who want to create a website and have a lot more control over it (and a lot more work).

      I never used the word count function, but I did use the schedule calendar and that is gone too. So I sympathize with something suddenly being gone for no good reason. There is no reason for those things not to have been included, except that the programmers are dumbass idiots 😦

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  14. Good grief, that’s ridiculous! *** start sarcasm *** Of course, you must be crazy because don’t you know that all this technology and computers save us tons of time for leisure and enjoying ourselves **** end sarcasm ***

    I still used the classic editor mode and now I’m not going to even bother trying block.

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    1. Oh my goodness, you should hear the staff over on the forums. Every time someone comes over to complain or ask to go back to the classic, the first words out the staffs’ mouth is always about how great the block editor REALLY is. It just comes down as extremely condescending 😦

      With your dotcom, you’ve got a lot of years before things get changed for you. Good luck 😀

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  15. Pro tip ( you may already know, but small things like this can make or break experience if not known ): if you want to continue in one block with out moving to the next block and what to create a line break, just press Shift+Enter.

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    1. Thanks! I did know about that and have made some use of it. With copy/paste from open office however, I’m screwed. I am trying to streamline things though and I’ll probably do another post later this month about that.
      And thanks for the recent follow 🙂

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  16. Hey Bookstooge – ThemisAthena just commented on one of her posts that apparently you can still access the classic editor. I quote:

    “Your classic editor dashboard is at

    https:// [blog name] .wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php

    (It should translate as
    https://bookstooge.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php
    in your case, but better make sure.)

    Find and bookmark that page, then work from there!”

    (edited URL to relect your blog, not the original one)

    Hope that works?

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    1. That is correct. It is still available. For now.
      However, that is the original “classic” editor. What is confusing is what most people call the “classic” editor is actually the calypso editor. The real “classic” is not what I’m used to (the calypso) and hence doesn’t do me much good. Plus, we don’t know how long that editor will still be available. Every indication is that WP is going gangbusters to force the block editor into being the only one true editor. One Editor to rule them all, one Editor to find them, one Editor to bring them all and in the Darkness BIND THEM!

      yeah, a slight exaggeration, but not by much. Since the block editor seems to be what is the future of the free blogs, I’m simply acclimatizing myself to it, even while I complain and rant, etc, like a squalling thunderstorm 😀

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          1. That answered that unspoken question of mine. I’ve never seen the Blogger interface so I wondered. You know what we need? BookLikes. If only someone whould invent that, it’d be perfect. 😐

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  17. Absolutely hilarious how it made things so much more time-consuming for you! 😛 I do wonder how many more or fewer steps it takes me now with the block editor but I guess I got used to it and now… just copy-pasting my review structure to get more of the hard stuff out of the way has made things feel a lot easier. Thank god for that…

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    1. As time goes on I’ll refine this process and make it slightly easier.
      I’ve already figured out I can skip adding the classic block, which nets me removing one step.

      I just like to complain. To all and sundry 😀

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    1. It looks like you’re a dotcom, so you “should” be able to use the classic editor plugin if you want to avoid the block editor all together. I wouldn’t blame you one bit.

      since I’m using the free plan and pretty much at the whim of wordpress, I figure I have to get used to things. But if you’re paying, use the plugins. Kind of like the Force 😉

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    1. I’ve had to put a google calendar pin in chrome just so I can see what I’ve already scheduled. It would be one thing if they had never had the scheduler, but this retrograde? I think they did it on purpose to edge people onto paying plans.

      Or they really are such incompetents that trumpeting the “new” as improved while removing features doesn’t bother them at all.

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  18. Oh gosh- you’re reminding me how horrible the block editor is… as if I needed reminding :/ The big question is- how on earth do you manage to do it in just double the time? For me, it’s more like 5 times as long! Grr!! It just eats into my blogging/free time :/

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    1. It takes me only double the time because I’ve got “a system” in place. I have created a bunch of personalized blocks that help and I don’t do a lot of stuff that needs fancy editing.

      It’s pretty sad we even have to talk about this, isn’t it? WP is doing their best to destroy the casual blogger 😦

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