A Bit More Than Peeved

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I’m sure you are all well aware that every wordpress user has been, or will be,  forced over to the new Block Editor. I’m writing this 2 days before that actually happens to me, so there might be some things I say here that don’t apply or have been figured out or whatnot.

I am not a fan of this, at all. In fact, ever since they introduced the block editor back in ’19 I’ve tried it several times and each time gave up in disgust.

I just found out that there is a “classic” block but that I have to go through a hoop or two to use it.
https://wordpress.com/support/wordpress-editor/blocks/classic-block/

That link shows you how to get to the classic block and I figure I’ll be making use of it. Not as as good as starting everything automatically that way, but better than not having it at all.

My issue, however, is that I can no longer see at a glance, what days I have posts scheduled.  When I went to schedule posts in the old editor it brought up a calendar of that particular month and any day with an already scheduled post was highlighted in blue, thus visually, and more importantly, easily (!!!!!!) clueing me in to what days I should avoid posting the new post on. I’ve talked to a so-called expert and been told that ability has been removed. So I’m supposed to either open a second tab and look at my scheduled posts on my site (which doesn’t show a calendar, just a list of posts with dates in very small writing) or better yet, just get a paper calendar and write down when I’m scheduling posts. What a great step forward!!! That is what I call progress. I could swear….

A hobby shouldn’t be this frustrating.

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73 thoughts on “A Bit More Than Peeved

  1. I immediatly gave up on the blockeditor when it was introduced last year, just because I couldn’t format my reviews the way I used to. I didn’t even get anywhere near the scheduling part. That sounds so frustrating (though I do keep a physical calendar of scheduled posts).

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    1. I wrote this using the “classic block”, so I was able to do what I wanted in that regards. But the scheduling thing, oh man….

      I schedule 3-4 weeks in advance, but not always. Somtimes I’ll throw in a post on Day X just because, so I need to see what days I have open. I’m not a happy camper in that regards at the moment…

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        1. Once you start the classic block for a post, you can write everything and do everything, in it so you don’t have to deal with other blocks.

          I’m going to have to find some online calendar app or something so I can visual a month at a time 😦 Someone mentioned google calendar, so I might look into that.

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          1. Sucks you have to get a separate calendar. Ive got a notebook for my wrap-up, hauls and reviews, so already have a calendar in there. So for me it’s not too bad, but I can imagine how frustrating it must be if you don’t have that.

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            1. Yeah, I’ve gotten used to using wordpress for that and now I’m going to have to learn a whole new way, outside of it. I’ll have to get that figured out this week, as I plan on writing several posts next saturday.

              What kind of notebook do you use? How big is it? I am looking at any and all alternatives at the moment until I find the method that will work for me.

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              1. Just a lined, A5 notebook. Its about 300 pages I think. Whichever one I could get for cheap when I filled up the previous one. In the front I listed all the top ten tuesday topics, followed by all the months, each on their own page.

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  2. Oh gosh, I HATE the block editor. I noticed it for the first time a few weeks ago when I first started posting again, only because I wanted to post from the WP app. It’s horrible. I immediately went back to using WordPress.com. They need to leave it alone.

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    1. I had to delete some very violent and profane language from this post, as it simply wasn’t appropriate.

      But whoever the chucklehead was who thought this block editor was a good idea should be shot. But then to remove the functionality of the scheduling calendar, why?!?! I hate change, but this is removing a key function…

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      1. Lol. You know, it’s one thing when you go changing something for the better, but I tried using the block editor and it wasn’t doing anything I wanted it to do. Everything was messed up. To me it simply isn’t better. Period.

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          1. Me neither because that’s the entire reason why I wanted the app in the first place—to be able to post from my phone easily. I loved the android app, but this iPhone app is horrible. If it gets to the point where posting is too much of a pain, I suppose I’ll look look for a different platform.

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  3. I didn’t know about that schedule calendar. I didn’t have to use it as I don’t schedule anything from very start. I know, must be shocking but I don’t schedule posts. I just keep drafts ready and click publish when i have to. I rely on my paper calendar/blog diary where I note which day I should post and what.
    It took a bit time to get used to this block editor but now I find it pretty easy and it gives lot of features so I don’t mind this change.And I found old classic editor block early, and I have to, because I copy paste ‘end post banner’ and ‘social media icons’ through classic editor, otherwise in normal block all icons comes in separate line which doesn’t look good.

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    1. I’m wondering if I’ll have to start scheduling my stuff using some other means, like you do. That would really suck and it is a HUGE step backwards in terms of functionality for wordpress.

      I hate the block editor but the classic block makes it bearable anyway. Not sure why they feel the need to push everyone into the block editor though.

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  4. I switched to the block editor a few weeks back because I was getting annoyed and being constantly asked to switch. By now I’ve gotten used to it and have finally figured out how to do all the things I want in my posts. I do agree with you on the calendar! I keep track of my blog posts on my google calendar and usually have that tab open as well so it’s not a huge deal but I did like the schedule calendar.

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    1. I have a feeling I’ll be getting used to the block editor and will eventually get over hating it.

      But the calendar? I am amazed that they think it is ok to make us use a 3rd party for something so basic, something that they already did. I just don’t understand why took that function away.

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  5. My pissedness comes from not keeping trak of word count ant where do i go to just easily link my previous posts too? How do i embed a ytube vid? Why the fuck have we got no say in if we want to use it or not?

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    1. I haven’t encountered those issues yet. Try switching to the classic block and see if that helps.
      No idea why they think forcing everyone over to the block editor is a good idea…

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  6. That block editing thingy is the worst thing WordPress could do. It just interfered with my writing process and writing posts is already difficult enough!

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  7. I have this nice little file on my desktop that I use to double-check when I post things. Now, it was practically useless at first, but now it’s my go-to for scheduling. This is WordPress’s way of making every old school system or physical calendar feel relevant again.

    That said, maybe they’re just trying to piss you off 😂

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    1. Well, they WERE trying to piss me off, they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

      For the calendar, I really need a visual layout for the month. I structure things based on Sundays, every other day, the last day of the month and it all depends on the visual. Not sure what I’ll do now…

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        1. I am actually considering that. It shouldn’t BE a consideration though, since it has been a function of WP for years. (I started using WP in ’16 and the calendar worked then like it did a week ago. So the new editor is definitely to blame).

          Others have mentioned google calendar, so I might have to do something like that, as a paper calendar won’t actually do me much good while I’m sitting on my couch using my laptap 😀

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          1. Yeah, you can carry it around with you! And it can even have hamsters in cute costumes like you like. And like, look at it. It can be fully dedicated to your posts.

            And hamsters 😂😂😂

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              1. Agenda? Don’t be ridiculous. 😅 It’s not as if I’m trying to get you to join a cult that worships hamsters or anything. Don’t be silly. Or ridiculous. Stop it 😅

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  8. I HATE THE BLOCK EDITOR!!!! It’s a big step backward in terms of ease of use, but thank goodness there’s a classic block!! That will hopefully save me some headaches…

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    1. I really don’t understand the thinking that went into this new editor. It is like they tested it on people who have no connection with casual, every day bloggers. Grrrr…..

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    1. I remember we’d talked about the block editor before and how you were ok with it. So how do you keep track of what you’ve scheduled and when? How have you made that work?

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  9. Yep, I miss being able to look at the calendar and see when I have posts scheduled. I now have a Word document that I maintain separately to try and avoid accidentally scheduling two posts at the same time.

    They did update the ‘scheduled posts’ section with the time of day (yay!) although of course you can’t see that when you are scheduling a post through the calendar.

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    1. I simply don’t understand why they took that functionality away. Do they think people don’t schedule posts ahead of time? That can’t be, because almost any serious blogger does some sort of scheduling in one way or another.

      I have never looked at the scheduled posts section, as I never needed to 😀 and looking at it, it doesn’t show me the month visually and that is what I really need. I’m beginning to think that google calendar in a second tab is going to be the way I have to go 😦

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  10. I have seen the announcement for the change and while I have not yet looked at the “new and improved” method of posting, I’m slightly concerned: I’m all in favor of trying out new things and challenging myself (I always say that my lone surviving neuron needs the exercise…), but experience taught me that platform changes are not always what users need so I will keep in mind your workaround to go back to the “good old days”.
    And thanks for the warning! 🙂

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    1. If the block editor works for you, that is great. But the classic editor block is going to be my new best friend for the foreseeable future :-/

      Do you do much scheduling in advance? If so, what do you use? I am looking for viable alternatives left and right at the moment.

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      1. I rarely schedule, because I usually post immediately – my post are mostly already written since I have from 3 to 5 reviews ready for publication at any time – but when I schedule a post, I go to to the Dashboard and click on Post-All Posts and see the list of published articles and scheduled ones. Now I wonder how the new interface will change that…

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                1. Don’t. don’t switch until you are forced. I’m going to go look and see if I can switch back. It was just a big splashy thing on my settings page telling me that I was going to be forced to on June 1st.

                  I’m off to check…

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  11. I’ve been avoiding the change as long as I can – I tried it before and didn’t like it at all. But I recently read a short tutorial and WP said you can actually use the classic layout not as block but also somewhere else as the old layout… I’ll have to check it though, when the time comes 😉

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    1. Yeah, if you jump through 3 hoops you can still use the “classic editor”. I just wrote my first full post using the block editor (scheduled for later this month) and man, it was terrible!!! I had issues even trying to use the “classic block”. The whole “block” thing just really sucks for typing 😦

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  12. I’ve switched. Way worse for text based blogs such as ours for sure.

    Atm I’m indeed able to use the classic editor like Ola said: here’s to hoping that will remain possible.

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    1. It feels like WP is trying to become something else, like some sort of picture place instead of words.

      I might end up jumping through the hoops to use the classic editor if the classic block keeps giving me problems.

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  13. I currently went through my first hellish trial with the block editor and it is indeed infuriating but I do believe it’ll get easier over time… Like anything else in life that is forced upon us. Hopefully it’ll be the same with you and won’t discourage you from posting! I didn’t know about the scheduling thing though. Then again, I rarely schedule them in advance. I just have them ready for when I want to publish and then publish one the right day and time hahaha

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    1. Oh, I’m sure I’ll get used to it. I’ll just complain the whole time and make everyone as miserable as me 😀

      I’m starting to use google calendar for scheduling. It is so stupid to have to open a whole new tab just for that 😦

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  14. Oh I feel you. I don’t like the way they keep changing things. Makes keeping a FT, or at least PT, job.
    However, I never was able to see the calendar at a glance so I’ve always used a paper calendar.

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  15. WHY do they insist on changing things we’re all happy with? I have no time or energy to be forced to learn new ways to do things on the whims of some tech person! I don’t like the new Blogger-I took a look and changed straight back to the old version.

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    1. I tried the new blogger one as well and I’m changing back too. It is ridiculous. Maybe if it actually made writing easier, but it really doesn’t 😦

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  16. grrr I didn’t know that about the calendar- how infuriating!!! I’ve been too reluctant to use the new setup, so haven’t made the switch yet and have to say I’m not looking forward to it :/ I don’t know why they have to force the change for everyone. Like you said, a hobby shouldn’t be this frustrating. I just know I’m going to be using the classic block editor anyway. But this news about the calendar being taken away is just so disheartening- cos I use that all the time!! (legit every post!) Whose idea was it to remove something that’s actually incredibly useful for running a blog?! *facepalm*

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    1. I’ve gotten an email from the WP higher ups saying they’re requesting the calender showing already scheduled posts be added to the block editor but they couldn’t tell why it was omitted in the first place.
      And I hear you about using it for every post. I plan my month by looking at what I’ve already got scheduled, sigh.

      I’m going to be using this current editor as long as I can, that is for sure.

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        1. They “will look into it”. No promises were made and it felt more like it was said to keep me happy than anything. The fact that it was left out in the first place doesn’t really bode well for the future 😦

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    1. Well, I hope you go over to the forum and let them know how the block editor drives you crazy. Even without specifics just hearing that many people are unhappy with it has already pushed back the forced roll out so maybe we can head it off altogether (I’m pretty doubtful about that but I can hope!)

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