: do not enter :

You don’t want to see this, I promise. Things are gonna get ugly around here and probably quit working altogether. Or wind up badly broken, at best.

You see, I’m getting ready to gut this place — from top to bottom — and start fresh. No more header, no more footer, no more sidebars. No widgets or milestones or badges. No pages, either. Just posts. Maybe an occasional image or two. Or maybe just images, with an occasional word. We’ll see.

This is my last resort. Trying to assemble a post using this editor is my Waterloo, time after time, and it sucks all the joy out of writing. So rather than rage against the domineering, unforgiving tyranny of the block format, I’ve decided to embrace it for the grid it is and start over. With a new theme. I’ve narrowed my choices to two, both of them single column affairs with wide margins for an über clean, über minimal look. Airy and uncluttered is a look I can live happily ever after with. Probably.

If not, well, I hear good things about substack.

So go away. Come back in a couple weeks (or months) and see what you think. If there’s nothing here but wreckage, you’ll know I went down swinging.

Wish me luck.

copyright © 2022 the whirly girl

11 responses to “: do not enter :”

  1. I found that the more I used the Block Editor, the more I liked it. I set up a draft test post and spent a few minutes a day playing with the blocks. You don’t need to use them all. Most users use just the paragraph and image blocks. Another user told me that, ‘it’s not hard to use, just different.’ They were right.

    Hope you’re doing ok with it. Keep going.

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    1. To be honest, I’m still struggling, but your advice is probably the best I’ve received. Fiddling around with all the blocks is a genius idea❣️ The problem is, I tend to forget what’s what in the gaps between posting, then have to start from scratch all over again. It’s frustrating, progress is glacially slow, but I can’t quit now. Thank you for the encouragement :o)

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  2. I’m scared for you. This new block format sucks! I may have to wait it out and see how you do. You can be the canary we send down into the shaft.

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    1. 😆 So far, so good. Sort of. The good news is, the new editor offers more options to finesse things a bit. You can size the type, control the margins, disable features you don’t like. Sadly, I needed wp support to show me how to do these things, but once they did, everything got easier. I’m still crashing around, trying stuff out, thinking maybe I’ll try yet another theme –this one is fine, just kind of meh. But oy! Do I really want to?

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  3. Out with the old, in with the new…

    Good Luck!

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    1. Exactly. I do this every, oh, five years or so. Plus, I’m hoping the age of this theme causes some of the problems with the editor. Thanks for the luck, I need it.


    2. 🎁🎄🙏


  4. Good luck, Whirly. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. See you on the other side.

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    1. You will! And thanks, I need all the luck I can get .


      1. Good luck! Every post is a challenge for me. I spent considerable time watching tutorials for my most recent one 😣

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        1. I know. It shouldn’t be this flipping complicated.


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