The Gutenberg Editor – My Current Love/Hate Relationship

The Gutenberg Editor.

I didn’t know it was called that, until the most recent installment of Blogging Insights from, Dr. Tanya. Blogging Insights #35, examines the introduction of the new WordPress editing program “The Gutenberg Editor” and how we as bloggers have either gotten used to it or are we at the stage of tearing our hair out each time we fire up a new post.

Dr. Tanya provided us with these three questions to ponder:

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?

Here’s how I see it from “the old homestead.

What is your experience with the Gutenberg editor?

I suspect many bloggers out there using the WordPress platform, find themselves entangled in a love/hate relationship with the new “Gutenberg Editor.”

When it was first introduced as a “go ahead and give it a try – you’ll love it” trial – I didn’t love it one iota. In fact, I hated it. Couldn’t figure out how to make the damn thing do what I was used to doing the day before.

So, like many WordPressers’ back a year or so ago when it was floated out there, I hurriedly scampered back to my trusted friend the “old or classic editor.” Why? Because it was comfortable and I could use it to the extent I needed to use it.

Since “the new and improved” now seems to be the default composing and editing device on WordPress, “Gutenberg” and I are working through the rough and jagged parts of our ongoing relationship.

And to this point along our journey “Gutenberg” and I seem to be able to coexist on the same post without killing or at least causing serious injury to one another.

Do you prefer it over the previous editor?

Yes and no.

I think the problem here is the age old problem that has plagued mankind since the dawn of history of “no one likes change.”

And I get that.

Technology doesn’t simply march along anymore. It improves and changes at lightspeed. And such, it leaves most of us scratching our heads on what to do next. Sometimes changes are necessary and thus good, while at other times what was thought of as a necessary and good improvement, didn’t turn out so well.

Part of the solution or perhaps lessening of the pain changes can cause, is being able to adapt to these changes as they occur. And believe me, I’m the least tech savvy blogger out there. Learning something new when it would have been just as easy to leave the “old tried and true” alone can be a tough slug at best for many.

I also get that many people have blogs that in terms of their physical and visual layout, that the “Gutenberg Editor” may be causing such a challenge that it is leading them down the road to tossing their laptop out the nearest open or closed window. I get that, but I don’t have an answer for it.

My blog is pretty simple in terms of layout and design. So, I simply plug away; try something and if it doesn’t work, off we head to Plan B. Plan B usually involves getting another coffee and the start of Plan C.

So, at this stage I do like the “Gutenberg Editor” over the “classic editor.” I’m finding new and exciting ways to enhance my posts each day it seems.

But like all new things, it does take time to get a handle on what this particular block does or more often doesn’t do. But, that’s okay because although change can be perceived as bad – change can also be alright.

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

I think I’m reasonably satisfied(at least for the moment), so there’s not much I can add to the mix here.

I don’t know how many times I’ve said this, but a continued big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and specifically looking at the WordPress “Gutenberg Editor”.

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26 thoughts on “The Gutenberg Editor – My Current Love/Hate Relationship

  1. Thank you for the shout out once again Glenn. I really enjoy running this series and have learned a lot from other bloggers through it.

    You seem to belong to the .minority of bloggers who don’t think of Gutenberg as the big bad wolf.
    This means you are open to innovation.

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  3. What I DON’T like about it is that it’s overkill. For a simple blog, which is what most of us have, we do not need to look for new and exciting ways to present our material. I’d just like them to put back the customizations they gave me, then took away and fix the spacing issues and font size problems that have been a serious problem for any blogger for at least 8 years. They never repair anything. They just dump new software into the heap and the old problems live on and make a mess of the new software AND the old stuff.

    Block editing takes a lot more time to set up than just writing your story, adding a picture, and you’re done. As it is, just the writing and now the editing which takes much longer without a spellchecker — eats most of my day. I’d like some day left when I’m done posting.

    Maybe there are a lot of people who are looking to jazz up their posts. I’m not. I want the spell checker back. I want the font-size problems RESOLVED because they affect every single template. I want them to go through ALL the templates and fix them so they work the way they are supposed to work.

    A block editor is great if you are designing a book. It’s pointless when you’re writing a straightforward piece with a few photographs. I don’t need jazzy. I need them to be clear, readable, with fonts that are easy to read and typos fixed without big holes in the text … or all the text pushed over to one side or squeezed into a very narrow line instead of properly expanded across the template.

    It would also be a nice touch if we, the customers, had some input into the process. WE are what make them money. There are a lot of more dependable (and cheaper) business models “out there,” but in the non-business blogging market, WordPress has completely obliterated all other formats.

    And they might try hiring some more people who actually know what they are doing!

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  4. Note: I’m open to innovation that makes sense. I’m not open to change for change’s sake. When what used to take me one keystroke now take five, that’s not innovation. That’s pointless clutter. Innovation is making the product better. Easier to use. More accurate. For focused for the purpose of the user, not the software designer.

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  5. Hi Glen, like you I’ve had a bit of a love/hate relationship with the new editor. I actually avoided it for a long time preferring to stay in my comfort zone. I prefer to focus on my content rather than having to change and adapt to new things but I’ve realised that I have to get with the times! So I switched. Thankfully I can say I’m getting the hang of it, slowly. And it’s actually opened up a lot so that’s a positive. Hope all’s well in your world. Best wishes from down under. x

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    1. Thanks Miriam. Once I got started with it, and like all thigs news there were some bumps along the way, but overall I like it. It has newer features which I like, although I haven’t used all of them at this point.

      All is good in the northern hemisphere. It’s been a very hot summer thus far. And things are opening up pretty much in Ontario due to COVID to our 3rd and final stage this week.

      So, we’ll see how things go.

      Hope that things are well with you and your family as well.

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  6. I don’t want to think about ‘blocks’ and I don’t seem to have spellcheck or font choices anymore. I’m short of time and just want to write a simple blog without having to adapt. If something is working, there’s no need to change it. My opinion 😉

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      1. ALSO. many of the themes don’t work with the new format. Nothing fits correctly. WordPress has NEVER gone through the templates to see if they work with changes they’ve made to the format. Mostly, they DON’T work.

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