Down With Updates; Up With Golf

This afternoon I spent half an hour looking through a book of quotations that would say something along the lines of, “Stop changing things!” Or maybe something about curiosity scrambling success.

Hmmm… hasn’t that been done? I don’t know who said it, but I definitely agree with: “The cause of problems is solutions.”

You see, I was setting up a post, scheduling it for tomorrow morning. And the “Justify” is gone now from my tool bar. If I edit a published post, I can justify it, but not when I’m done the initially writing. Son I’ve posted this and then done the EDIT to justify it. 😦

Used to be, when I clicked onto my blog, I could hit the My Sites at the upper left-hand corner and the drop-down menu would give the choice of Posts > Write New. Since the newest system update, I have to click on My Sites, which takes me to Stats, where there’s no Posts option. So I go to the bottom and click on Site Admin, which brings the main Site Administration menu, where I choose Posts, and then get the choice of All Posts or Add New.

Hunting through my book of famous quotes, I came across this one by Douglas Rushkoff, which resonated with me at the moment:
“We are looking at a society increasingly dependent on machines, yet decreasingly capable of making or even using them effectively.”

Anyway, I did go ahead and write my post, and wondered if the “new Block Editor” might have a display that included Justify. (Now we need the quote about the danger of curiosity.) The new Editor has no buttons to do anything. The text is considered a block and that’s that. I wanted to insert a picture and can’t. It goes in its own block.

I’m sure there are writers who find this much improved over the system we’ve been using, but not me. I found this new Block Editor a pain — but how do I get back to the old familiar “Classic Editor”? I tried this and that, had about decided this was the end of my blogging life, but finally did figure out how to reverse the thing and go back to the old. So I did gain some knowledge through all this.

As Voltaire so aptly said it:
“One always begins with the simple, then comes the complex — and by superior enlightenment one often reverts in the end to the simple. Such is the course of human intelligence.”

And I’m hoping WordPress will go back to the simple one-click-on-the-side-menu for doing new posts.

I did come across a quote from Clint Eastwood, and maybe it’s the best advice for update-resistant sorts like me?
“When you’re not interested in trying new things, that’s when you should start hitting golf balls.”

Well, golf would be a completely new game for me and I might have trouble understanding birdies from bogeys. However, I’ve played croquet before and golf can’t be that much harder, right? You just hit a ball, eh?

6 thoughts on “Down With Updates; Up With Golf

  1. Christine, I’ve been using the new block editor for some time now, and have found it workable. Trouble is, about the time I have it all figured out, WP is going to give us the next “new and improved” version.

    Anyway, on my blog site, there is a black tool bar at the top. It offers “My Sites,” Reader, and then way over on the right, a white box that says “write,” That’s what I click when I want to start a new post. It’s next to my site photo and my notifications doodad. Very simple, but I’m wondering if it has to do with whatever theme you’re using. Not all of them have all the tools I like, where I like them.

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    1. Ah, yes, I do have that! I never thought to look over there, as I’ve used the drop-down menu for years. But it has the Justify button, too. Thanks for letting me know that.
      I see it also has the option to switch to the new Block Editor, so I could try it again, though I’m not sure I remember now how to switch it back again if I don’t like it. I am just not one for new technology and am still hoping the powers that be will someday go back to simple OFF & ON switches for our appliances. 🙂

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  2. Very good Christine and so apt for us who are of a different generation. As the changes come out and are hailed as more “intuitively obvious” and what you really want (“you just thought you knew what you wanted but we know better”) , I realize more and more that my brand of intuitiveness has been left behind a long time ago. Sometimes I dream of Windows XP – it did everything I wanted just like I wanted it. But, alas….

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I remember the day I was over at my daughter’s place and wanted to dry a load of clothes she’d left in the washer. And couldn’t…because I couldn’t figure out how to start the thing!
      I also had that experience with a rental car at a mall in Edmonton — only that time I couldn’t figure out how to shut the motor off. I pulled the key but it kept on running and I had to phone the car rental company for help. I was told, “There’s a button on the dashboard. You have to push that.”
      Why would you need a button if you have a key??

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