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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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt Week 4 – A Reblog From Dr. Tanya

Way to go Dr. Tanya, you’re first out of the gate this week for “Lynn’s Picture Prompt Week 4.”

In her post, she brings up creativity in a most unique and exhilarating way.

This is post you do not want to miss reading.

It’s short, but something we all can relate to.

Take a read here of Blogging Inspiration Strikes Unexpectedly.

Again, thanks so much to Dr. Tanya for participating this week.

Be sure to tune in next Tuesday, July 14 for our Week 5 Prompt. Hope that you take the opportunity to scribble up a few words and lines and join in the fun.

Thanks again.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Short and Sweet – Beauty Surrounds

I came across this plaque late one morning on our recent Algonquin Park adventure.

I’m not sure who Mr. Lancaster is other than he was a forester with the Ministry of Natural Resources(MNR) at some point in the past.

What really nailed me was the words, “Delighted in the beauty that surrounds you.”

Now, from this quote and the context of the plaque it is obvious to me and hopefully to all that Mr. Lancaster was talking about Algonquin Park. In fact, the final line on the inscription reads, “Preserve Algonquin Park.”

And you know, it’s hard to argue with that sentiment.

But, there is a message in that plaque we all need to hear and fully embrace, “delighted in the beauty that surrounds you.”

Often we fail to see the beauty that surrounds us, even when it is right smack-dab in front of our own very nose.

And not necessarily the beauty of a local landscape, although that has some level of importance in the overall scheme of the universe. No, it is the beauty that we often fail to see because our eyes and mind fail or don’t want to see what is surrounding us.

It can be an unfortunate, yet a repeatedly destructive end result that many get comfortable, complacent and often end up taking for granted spouses, children, family and friends.

All they ever see and get focussed on are those very minor blemishes, that they often come up failing to see the beauty within those they love. Constant rumination over some minor and insignificant irritations, and they end up akin to an “old cow” ruminating and chewing its cud.

An slightly incorrect compass heading can take us thousands of kilometres of course if we travel that flawed bearing long enough. In the same way, a imperceptible yet tragic miscalculation can take our focus from “seeing beauty to only seeing blemish.”

One slight miss undervaluation hung onto over time and what is the result?

We fail to delight in the beauty that surround us. We fail to see their smile; their quiet yet strong resolve; the words they use build and not tear down and their love for all.

A well used cliche that has been around for eons is “you can’t see the forest for the trees.”

You see, beauty is all around us.

All we need to do is simply open our eyes, yet more importantly open our hearts.

Delighted in the beauty that surrounds you

I think Mr. Lancaster got it right.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Algonquin Bound – The Return

Never in the history of mankind, has four nights and five days slipped by that quickly.

It seemed like we just arrived and before we knew it, we were exiting the park and heading back, rather reluctantly to the “old homestead.”

My one of many responses to Lynn on the way home yesterday was we should have booked at least one more night.

Hot and as crazy as it does sound – it was almost too hot at times during the day.

The one shocking element for us, were the unnerving and somewhat eerily absence of the dreaded spring and into summer time Algonquin deer flies, black flies and mosquitoes.

There were a few, but never ever enough to cause any type of minor or major mental and or physical calamity.

In other words – a bonus and a score!

But, a word of caution – the whole area is exceedingly dry. In fact, dangerously dry.

Many areas, when we exited the park were under a no burning at all type of fire ban. So, unless the Algonquin area gets some significant rainfall in the coming days, I suspect the Park may be under some sort of fire ban as well.

So, while we get ourselves unpacked and such, a few pictures to wet the old appetite.

Algonquin sunset after an Algonquin thunder storm
Foggy Algonquin morning – early morning
Iconic Canadian symbol – Canadian Loon at night

We had a pair of loons that spent their entire days and nights just off our campsite. If there was a sound that represented what Canada was all about, it would be the bone-chilling and haunting call of a Canadian loon.

A daily visitor

A few of many, many pictures.

We’ll get some more in-depth posts in the next few days. Seems like we’re just a bit too tired this morning.

Vacation is exhausting!

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Lynns Tuesday Picture Prompt #3 – A Reblog From Paula Light(Light Motifs II)

Our next writer looking at Prompt #3 is Paula Light of Light Motifs II.

A soul touching poem where I’m sure we have all been at one point or another in our lives.

Have a look at Paula’s pots here –  Waiting From Tears.

Thanks, Paula for taking part.

Stay tuned for our Week 4 prompt coming Tuesday, July 7.

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Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt – Week 4

Good thing for WordPress scheduling…cause we’re on vacation. Hard to believe we’re already onto Week 4.

Art(including pictures and images) should evoke an emotional response in those who are viewing them. That’s why art can leave such a long lasting and poignant imprint within the depths of our psyche.

Your challenge or writing prompt is this:

  • what emotions or feelings get evoked or aroused in you when you look at this photograph taken by Lynn

Remember, the goal isn’t necessarily to tell me and others exactly what the picture is.

The creative goal for all of us is “what does the picture evoke in you; what emotion; feeling; memory or whatever it may be – what does it arouse in you and to share it that with others.

Ths picture this week of buoy markers on a beach, was taken in the eartl spring(Easter long weekend) a few years ago at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park in south Muskoka.

A few points to help along the way:

  • write a post on your own blog and create a pingback to link back to the original post(this one)
  • write an original story; perhaps your own thoughts; maybe some poetry or even a simply one word response. Maybe even post that says “it does nothing; means nothing”
  • regardless, whatever you write must encapsulate the emotion or feeling evoked or aroused in you from the picture
  • no limit on the length(I guess)
  • keep it a “family friendly” as possible(not looking to delete or not approve stuff)

Be sure to tag your responses with:

#lynntuesdaypictureprompt or

#ltpp

This was taken in the spring a few years ago at Six Mile Lake Provincial Park, not far from the “old homestead.”

Looking forward to your thoughts!

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Lynns Tuesday Picture Prompt #3 – A Reblog From s.s.(Mindfills)

The next response from our Week 3 prompt, comes to us from s.s. (Mindfills).

A somewhat different look, yet a post that gets one to think(at least it did me).

Have a look at the post here – syzygy.

Thanks, s.s. for taking part.

Stay tuned for our Week 4 prompt coming Tuesday, July 7.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Thoughts From The Wilderness – Healthy Routines

Regardless of whether it was pre-COVID; right now in mid-COVID or hopefully at some point in the not to far off future post-COVID_19, maintaining our mental well-being needs to be part of our daily routine.

Or at least it should be.

We cruise through life, heading off to our family doctors when we feel a slight ache, pain or worse. Often the one thing that can get forgotten at any time, except until it is often too late, is our mental and emotional well-being.

I think for many, we simply take it for granted and assume our mental and emotional health is “all good – all the time.”

That is until it rears its ugly head and bites us unexpectedly in the ass.

As much as it is of great importance in our overall well-being at any time, it is exceedingly more important now, that we pay close attention to our mental and emotional wellness during the ongoing COVID_19 crisis.

We’ve done; still do or we should do all the physical things like social distancing; six feet(2 metres) a part; washing our hands and wearing masks. We all know the drill. But, are we neglecting perhaps one of the most critical elements throughout this crisis? Our mental and emotional wellness.

Maybe; maybe not?

Perhaps, we assume “it’s all good – all the time.”

These are seven simple, yet critical elements that any one of us can and should include as part of our routines during these unfortunate and trying times.

All of us are in something we couldn’t have imagined in our wildest dreams a year ago would be the norm now. Saying it is uncharted territory is a massive understatement at best.

Make sure that as much as you may think all is good, make the effort and the decision to work on your mental and emotional well-being too.

Take the next step from “thinking all is good” to ensuring “all is good.”

Don’t let the mental and emotional toil of COVID_19 come a bite you in the ass.

Take the “bull by the horns” and bite this element of the crisis in its own ass today.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Algonquin Bound – The Exit(or Elvis has left the building)

If you’re reading this, it means the WordPress “scheduling thing” is working as it should.

As the old phrase goes “Elvis has left the building.”

Well, I suspect that Elvis really hasn’t moved too much from his final resting place. But, then again there is that old rumour out there.

By the time you’re reading this “we’ve left the building” or the “old homestead” in this case.

The destination for the next four nights and five days.

Projected as hot weather and sunny skies.

Better check to make sure we got the sunscreen packed.

I did schedule a number of posts to be published over the next few days while we’re away, including Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt(Week 4).

So, if all goes well, they’ll appear somewhere at their scheduled time and place.

If not?

I’m sure the world won’t grind to a screeching halt. If it does, I apologize in advance for the bending apocalypse.

Cell service/reception there can an almost zero, zero and less than zero.

Not sure what less than zero is. I think it simply sucks data from your phone and plan and then resells it to help finance park activities during the year. That sounded way funnier in my head.

So, if you don’t see comments or anything, it doesn’t mean we’re ignoring you, it means we’re simply ignoring you(again, sounded way funnier in my head).

If all goes to plan, we’ll see you sometime at the end of the week.

If not, on to Plan B.

Lynn – what’s Plan B again??

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

Short and Sweet – A Bit Of A Heat Wave

Since I’ve started holidays a week ago, we’ve been experiencing a slight heat wave in our part of the country.

This upcoming week looks to be no different.

Part of the issue with the temperatures in this area of the country and many other spots in Canada as well, is the high humidity that often accompanies temperatures in this range.

So, a temperature of 30 degrees C, can also have a humidity level that pushes the temperature up to the high 30’s.

I get that there may be those of you reading this right now thinking, “geez that’s not too hot. Where I live those temperature aren’t bad.” Fair enough, I get that.

As well, there may be a few of you thinking that Canada could never possibly have temperatures that high, “isn’t Canada locked in snow and ice most of the year?” I can answer that by saying – “not all the year, but some of it.”

But, this is Canada and next to our national obsession with hockey, our next favourite pastime is griping and bitching about the weather.

Too hot; too cold. We’re never the baby bear in the story, where the temperature is just right. Well, perhaps a little bit in the fall season.

You know it’s hot in Canada, when your pets melt.

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself