The “Gutenberg Better Work” Week That Was

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I’m playing with the Gutenberg editor, for no other reason than to say I’ve done it. It isn’t that bad, but it does seem like a lot of work to get something done. It doesn’t do things like allow me to change the width on videos, so it’s going to be as wide as the column no matter what I do. nor can I do things like sneak HTML in where it doesn’t belong and have it work just as well. But, whatever. We’ll all have to use this eventually, I guess.

Well, that’s blog business. Apparently everyone else (save for Blogger, which hasn’t updated their editor for a good ten years) has an editor like this one, so guess the railroad’s comin’, Maw, whether we like it or not… Anyway, here’s the summary for the week.

Last Sunday’s prompt was “Could/Might/Should/Would,” and my song was "This Could Be The Start of Something," a Steve Allen composition that he used as his theme song for many years. In the video along with Steverino were Ann Southern, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, and Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé, who Steve said did it the best.

CK’s prompt last week was "songs by, about, or performed by Native Americans." I found the website for the Native American Music Awards and chose ten artists from there to build a playlist.

This week’s featured songs were by Jay & The Americans, the US Marine Corps Band, and Wayne Newton.

This week we had questions about plagiarism when it comes to blogging, whether or not to let sleeping dogs lie, the weirdest name we’ve ever heard given to someone, whether or not we like to dance, and whether we had any Thanksgiving traditions, if we in fact celebrated the holiday.

Did an encore presentation of a Friday Five I had done a couple of years ago on W. G. "Snuffy" Walden.

I posted something from Instagram about how much fun it would be to be a Golden Retriever in a wealthy household. Actually, I’d rather be a cat in a wealthy household. A big cat, like a Maine Coon. Or a Ragdoll. Or a Savannah…

I wrote about the time that I was in a hotel in Minneapolis after a couple of very trying weeks, falling asleep after dinner, and waking up not knowing where I was, why I had to be there, or why they were speaking English on TV. It was pretty freaky…

I went with the Top 10 of Billboard‘s Year End Hot 100 for 1961.

You have until this Friday to vote on my latest battle, between Phil Keaggy’s "Doin’ Nothin’" and Bruce Blackman’s "Doing Nothing." So far it looks like a rout, so if you haven’t voted yet, please do. The more, the merrier…

The prompt was "dream," and surprisingly I didn’t write about my experiences with nocturnal cinema, talking instead about Dreamsicles and other quiescently frozen confections (what used to be written on the wrapper), slipping into a discussion of Hank Ketcham’s "Dennis The Menace" cartoon while I was going my way. (See, Dennis used to be Dairy Queen’s spokescartoon, and Dairy Queen is known for its quiescently frozen confections).

Freebie day tomorrow, and I have to think of something to do for it. I’ll be as surprised as you will. All the regular features (of which there is a growing roster) will be back, and maybe a couple of surprises. Hope you’ll join me!

10 thoughts on “The “Gutenberg Better Work” Week That Was

  1. I’m sticking with the classic editor for as long as I can. It’s entirely possible that when Gutenberg is my only choice, I’ll choose to stop blogging. Is that what WP wants? Probably…


    1. It is kind of nice not having to type all the HTML commands that I’d been doing. Supposedly one of the block types is a “classic” block where you can type as you always have, but I haven’t tried that yet.

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  2. Gutenberg is not bad once you get used to it. From what I have read, the Classic Editor will continue until Dec. 31, 2021. It was a great week, John!


  3. I use my iPhone exclusively for WordPress and I tried using the Gutenberg editor, but trying to use that “block” editor on the iOS WordPress app is frustrating. It just doesn’t work well at all on the relatively small iPhone screen (and I’ve got an 8-plus, so a slightly larger screen than a standard iPhone). So I’m still using the Classic editor. If WordPress ever decides to retire the Classic editor, that will be my sign that it’s time to retire my blog.


  4. I’m not sure exactly what Gutenberg is, unless that’s the new WP editor. I tried a different WP editor when it first came out, but didn’t like it much. My current theme uses the Classic editor, so I’ve still got that as an option. But like you said, we’ll probably all have to use Gutenberg at some point.


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