While I still don’t completely know what I’m doing yet, I decided to take the chance and learn something new today! I’m using the new WP editor known as Gutenberg!

For those of you who don’t blog let me give you some background. WordPress (WP) is the backbone of my blog. I have a theme (Divi) that makes it look pretty, but the skeletal structure that supports the theme is WordPress. For years, the WP editor has been laid out in the same fashion. I would write my blog post into in the same manner that I would use a document program like Word. Just type, use the additional buttons to highlight text or change the font, etc.

The change over to the new editor came while Chris and I were in the middle of packing for our big move. I didn’t even allow WordPress to update to it. I knew I wanted to wait a few weeks while most of the major kinks were worked out. And I knew I just didn’t have the patience or time at that moment to get to understand the new editor.

Then the move happened. Job hunting. New jobs. New apartment. No time to think or plan. So I updated to Gutenberg and then immediately added a plugin that allowed me to use the Classic Editor. That meant I had until the end of 2020 to start using the new editor.

And then in March, I read some posts about Gutenberg by Hugh from Hugh’s Views and News. He has a lot of different posts about how to use the new editor that I find very interesting.

Hugh had been using it since the changeover. He figured he might as well just do it and get it over with. He used his blog post as an example of the things that could be done with Gutenberg. Reading that, I realized that I would be able to use it. But, still…I didn’t change over.

But two weeks ago, I started having problems with my links. A lot of my links were starting to fail and I was told that one of my plugins might be causing the problem. The suggestion was to deactivate all of them and start adding them back in slowly to see what might be the problem. I did that one other time and it took me so long to get back to where I was that I decided not to go that route if I didn’t have to.

Instead, I decided that a last in first out method (LIFO) would be the easier way to go. And the last plugin that I added was the Classic Editor one. So out it went. Now I’m not really sure if that was the problem or not, but right now my links appear to be working again.

In the new Gutenberg editor, my paragraphs are now in blocks. Blocks that can be moved up and down with a simple arrow on the side of it. So much easier than the classic editor (as the original format is now called.) In classic mode, you have to cut and paste to move a paragraph. While that is easy, it’s just simply not as easy as moving an arrow.

I also like the bigger area in which to type. Previously, it was filled with a triple-level toolbar. Now the toolbars are fly-outs, I don’t see them if I don’t need them. Which in turn, frees up space to see more of my post while I’m typing.

There are a couple of things that I haven’t figured out yet, so my posts won’t look exactly like they used to. The biggest thing for me is that I’ve always changed the color of my links to make them stand out on the page. But while I can see how to change the font color of an entire paragraph, I still haven’t figured out how to do it for just a sentence. It’s a work in progress.

Just one of many new things to learn with this new editor. But learning new things keeps me on my toes. What new things have you learned this week?

In other news this week, I’ve been nominated for a Bloggers Bash Award for the second year in a row. I’m nominated in the Lifestyle blogger category and voting is now open you can vote for me and a lot of other wonderful bloggers at the Bloggers Bash Award Voting.

Using the new WP editor on UnfoldAndBegin.com