Bring Back the Classic Editor #Reblog

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If you have a self-hosted WordPress site, and you’re sick and tired of fighting the Gutenberg editor, you can still use the classic editor. However, this editor will only be supported for another year or so. As I understand it, all WordPress users will still need to learn how to use Mr. Blockhead, as I like to call the Gutenberg editor. Despite complaints, WordPress isn’t listening to its customers. If we move our sites to different platforms, we risk losing followers. So, they have us where they want us, and they know it. That having been said, here’s Casey Matthews with Web Friendly Help to explain how you can still use the classic editor on a self-hosted site, at least for another year.

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Sometimes You Just Need a Classic—car, burger, or in this case, a WordPress editor. I won’t go on a diatribe about WordPress woes with the new Gutenberg editor. WordPress loves it and is pushing it, but throughout the internet, you’ll find people who aren’t as enthused, disability or not.

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

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When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Staying Focused #Open Book Blog Hop, Wednesday Words

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Amid social media’s constant distractions, it can be hard to concentrate. Some say that in order for writers to promote their work, they should use every available form of social media. But if I were to do that, I’d spend more time marketing and less time writing material to be promoted. You need a good balance, and I’ve come up with one that works for me.

I only use two forms of social media: WordPress and Facebook. I don’t constantly check these platforms for notifications, especially since their apps on my iPhone are pretty good at letting me know when something’s up. When I receive notifications while working, I wait until I get to a good stopping point before dealing with them. With my phone, I can easily read, like, comment on, or simply clear a notification before returning to the task at hand.

Other writers may think my tactics are counterproductive, but here’s the thing. I’m the author of five books and hope to publish a sixth one in 2021. This blog has attracted over 800 followers. On Facebook, I’ve accumulated over 400 friends, and my author page has received plenty of hits. So, I must be doing something right. As a writer, it’s important to find a method that works for you and not worry about what others think.

How about you? How do you stay focused on whatever you do? Thanks to this week’s Open Book Blog Hop post from Stevie Turner for inspiring this. Click here to learn how you can participate.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Resistance to Change #Six-Sentence Thursday

Some say change is good, but in my opinion, if change makes life difficult, it’s not good. Such is the case with WordPress’s block editor. Since it has infiltrated our sites, those of us who must use screen reading technology due to blindness or visual impairment are struggling, but we’re not the only ones. Many of my sighted fellow bloggers are complaining about this supposedly wonderful, new way of creating and editing posts, but is WordPress listening? No, they are not, and do you want to know why? Because it’s all about the money, and that’s why I’m resisting this change.

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The above is in response to Girlie on the Edge’s six-sentence prompt for this week. The word is “resistance,” and the idea is to write a work of poetry or prose that is no more and no less than six sentences, using the word at least once. If you’d like to participate in Girlie on the Edge’s blog hop, click here.

The good news is that thanks to Girlie on the Edge, I’ve found a way you can still use the classic editor. After creating and saving your post, go to All Posts from your dashboard. Once you’ve selected the post you want to edit, you should find, below that checkbox, the option to edit using the classic editor.

By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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HOW TO: Get back to the Old Format WordPress Classic Editor #Reblog…

If you’re a wordpress.com user who is frustrated with the new block editor or not relishing the idea of eventually having to make the switch, I’m pleased to announce there’s a way to return to the classic editor. Here’s Chris, the story reading ape, to tell you all about it.

 

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. No matter how you read it, please be sure to review it wherever you can. That goes for all my books. Thank you for stopping by. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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WordPress Users, Please Read and Share #Re-Blog

Those of us who use wordpress.com are gradually being switched to the new block editor. Fortunately, this hasn’t happened to me, and I hope it never will. I understand that for visually impaired bloggers like me who use screen reading technology, the new editor is not accessible.

Yes, I could email my posts and use Mark Down for formatting. But I’ve looked at Mark Down, and to me, it sounds complicated. Besides, with this method, there’s no easy way to preview a post before it goes live, which, in my opinion, is not a good thing.

Why can’t I keep blogging the way I always have, writing my posts in Microsoft Word, then copying and pasting them into the classic editor? Formatting is maintained, and adding images is quick and easy. I’m sure younger bloggers with good eyes would enjoy the new editor, but why can’t everyone have a choice?

If you use wordpress.com and screen reading technology, you should be concerned about switching to the new block editor. If you want to keep using the classic editor, please read and share this post I’m re-blogging. Also, please email the accessibility developer mentioned in the post. Let’s try to persuade WordPress to give us bloggers the choice we deserve.

 

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By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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