This post here will be a rant. If you don’t want to read that but if you’re looking for ways to avoid the ridiculous Gutenberg Editor. Check out my WordPress workarounds to find ways to still use the Classic Editor. If you’re in here for the rant. Keep reading…
I am not going to put much effort into this post. I don’t give a flying fuck how the post might look like once it is published. It might be as well my last post on this blog. I can’t get used to this crap new editor. Until yesterday it was still possible to use the classic editor script. But it seems they removed the classic editor from all user backends, which is why the script naturally stopped working now (Not entirely true, I discovered you can still use the old editor by clicking on “add new” in the dashboard, for now).
I could now act as a civil person but I prefer to write what I think. And honestly? Matt Mullenweg appears like a little fascist hipster. If you ask me, that’s still polite. His entire team actually appeared like that in the most recent years. But they do have at least an excuse. They are working for a lunatic who doesn’t take his formerly loyal user base seriously. But that’s probably still enough to put them into the same category. I mean, who would like to work for such a person? If I would want to do it, I would show that I have zero integrity.
Let’s talk about my blog now. Maybe it had to come to an end. At this point, I am very unsure if I can continue to work on this blog. It’s sad, not just because blogging was an enrichment but also because I met a lot of interesting people in this community. Some of them became friends. I enjoyed visiting their blogs as much as their comments on mine.
Those who followed me know that I started this blog during my worst times when I suffered from both, depression and anxiety disease. But I gave it a try and realized that it gave me meaning in life again. Sure, not just blogging but it played a big role too. I discovered that it kept me cool and in some cases, it actually helped me to alleviate symptoms. I first thought it was a nice distraction but many years later I realized it was more than that.
But it wasn’t always like that. With a history of depression, there have always been some kind of traps on my way. Being a WordPress user also had its side-effects. It triggered me more than just a single time. I mean, you’re invested. Not much with money but definitely with your time and work. And when I noticed that I put my stuff into a basket that was slowly rotting away, I knew what would come. But there have been workarounds to keep blogging.
But right now, there is no workaround anymore (Well, I found one now, but the direction is clear, we’re going to be forced to adapt to this shit). They attempted several times to make us enjoy all the latest fancy crap they designed. It never worked. Except for a couple of idiots who wrote generic comments on their posts about the latest new features, I haven’t spotted a lot of impressed people. And let’s be honest, when you see comments like “Fantastic news!” followed by tons of emotes on the official site, it’s clear. They’re written by this entitled generations that is now their next customer base. Fucking mobile device users. People who haven’t made it far into the internet, except into the Google Play store maybe, or into their social media apps where they can live their narcissistic lives. People who constantly demand that things need to become more accessible.
Nowadays, you find these degenerated idiots everywhere. Let’s talk about PC gaming for example. The greatest games have been dumped down to cater to a crowd that is not on the brightest side. Money is not made when you cater to a niche, you need to design a product or software on a way that the last idiot in the last corner can grasp what it is about. Once you have all the idiots in the boat, you just introduce some kind of in-game store to get direct access to their wallets. Who would think that is different anywhere else?
If you still think your opinion does matter because you’ve been a loyal customer or something, I am sorry but I need to pop your bubble. Whatever you’re into, it has been designed for you once but now it’s re-designed for the mass. Do you think someone wants to make a profit? You’re wrong. They want more than that! Greed doesn’t know boundaries. They can never get their mouthes full enough. They’re not just catering to complete idiots, they’re also catering to people who are absolutely not interested in the product or activity. You need to get into all the wallets!
If you looked around in the WordPress reader the recent years, that’s exactly what you found, with some exceptions maybe. People who have zero clues why they want to blog, people who barely make it past a month with their blogs (as you find out later after following them), people who upload pictures without words, people who can’t add enough emotes to their posts, people with zero technical knowledge (gosh, ever loaded a blog in your browser where the author added tons of full-size images?). That my friends, that is the future community of WordPress.
So, it kinda makes sense why you would want to introduce a drag-and-drop editor. But it’s kinda ironic that they even failed with this. I tested a lot of tools and games in two decades and I participated in a lot of alphas and betas. But this editor beats it all, it’s the worst usability of all the tools I tested since I use computers. I don’t exaggerate, it’s very top on the list of the worst tools I ever used. And that’s the irony. If I as an experienced user have difficulties adapting to this mess, how can a blogging dayfly work with it?
Have you noticed the image in this post? I should have counted how many clicks I needed to get it into the post. Who the fuck did design this shit? Making certain features accessible only via search bar? Seriously? If I would own the company, you’d get into trouble with me by just suggesting this idea. Man, I could go through every single feature and tell you why it’s crap, really crap but I save my energy for something more entertaining. Let’s just summarize what it is. This Gutenberg editor is bullshit. I am not a masochist.
I have no clue how I can continue with this blog and the new editor. I wish I could but this would be very difficult. I first wanted to share a flower photo with you. It was not my plan to write a rant, at least not until this shit editor popped up. I actually just wanted to share a flower photo and after that, I wanted to upload some more like I often do. That’s when I got the shock. But it’s not the first time I tested this editor. I tested it freely before but went back to the classic editor. But now it’s forced on us.
I need to sleep over this. I really have no clue if I can continue with this blog. I really would like to because I told you what I like about blogging. It’s about you, it’s about myself. I had a lot of very good reasons to work on this blog. And there have been some hurdles on the way but this one is such a big one, I have no clue. If you hate the tool that you need to publish your content, how can you get over it? Matt Mullenweg’s hipster team is suggesting to use the classic block wherever someone complains. Don’t get me started talking about this bullshit. It’s no real solution either.
I just have no answer now. I really need to sleep over this. I will also think about alternative solutions. The first thing I will do is researching if I can install classic editor plugins on a self-hosted site because if there are any, that would be the only real solution. In that case, I would move my entire blog to a new hosting provider but that would also mean that I take a long break because I wouldn’t want to stress myself. But as I said, it might also be that I give up entirely but in this case, I would write a final post and tell you.
If I attempt to adapt to this crappy editor, I will probably slow down heavily with my posts. I could imagine that I write maybe once a week. At the moment I can’t believe that I would want to go through the pain of using this editor every day. I won’t decide today.
Damn, is this editor a piece of crap. Stuff keeps popping up, you need to be careful where you click, and so on. What a horrible experience. Just look at the design of the editor. What a design accident. Imagine you’re running a tech company and you come up with this shit? What a crime. Holy crap. I’m done for today. This is just horrible.