17 December 2018

Why Gutenberg Was The Last Straw

Gutenberg was the last straw.

Over the years, Wordpress has become an unwieldy beast. It stole the joy of writing from more than one blogger. Gutenberg, the new block-based editor, gives the blogger yet one more thing to manage.

Gone are the days of banging out a post, hitting publish and then working on the next piece. Gutenberg has added unnecessary steps to the writing process.

In short, it kills… strike that… it murders flow.

Ain’t nobody got time for that.


Especially me.

I’ve got a wife, a toddler daughter, and a very challenging full-time job. I eke out a few minutes every day to do that which nourishes my soul.

Reading and writing.

And lately, my output (writing) has been next to zero.

I’m tired of managing plugins. I’m tired of managing themes. I’m tired of wrangling metadata. I’m beyond tired of trying to manage the growing complexity of the Wordpress platform. And I am damn sick and tired of the endless updates and tweaking and other miscellaneous horseshit.

Yes, I know I can still utilize the Classic editor. That’s not the point. The point is that Wordpress has become too damned complex for me… and I suspect too damned complex for many others.

I honestly have no idea if blot is the answer. I don’t know if there is a single answer.

But here is what I do know…

In the last fifteen minutes, I’ve banged out this post. I composed it in Bear, exported it to Markdown, saved it in a Dropbox folder… and Blot published it and rendered it.

And you know what… the experience has been…




… and I feel a sense of accomplishment.

Patrick Rhone (a personal hero) was right. It is up to each of us to find what is… enough.

And it is up to us to determine when we have had…. enough.

I’ve made my decision. This is where I put a stake in the ground. This is where I begin anew.

And Gutenberg and Wordpress can burn to the ground.

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