Will Gutenberg kill WordPress as a writer’s platform?

Between this new Gutenberg Editor & the way feminist pages on WordPress are being removed, I may be leaving WordPress for another blogging platform sometime in 2019. I have a lot of followers on WordPress but I don’t need another fight on my hands. I just want to write & publish.

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Almost every WordPress.com blogger has no doubt seen that irritating little blue blurb that keeps appearing at the bottom of the editing screen:  “A new editor is coming to level up your layout,” followed by a “learn more” offer that you can click on if you really want to learn more.   Over in the editor sidebar (where you find your status, post settings, categories and tags, sharing info, etc.) at the bottom is another distracting box offering you to try out the “new editor.”

Not many people like change, especially older folks like me.   Those of us who write for a living or just for fun who just want a nice big easy space to write in (like we have with the Classic Editor) don’t want to have to worry about “blocks” and dragging and dropping them around to “build a page.”  We just want to write, dammit.

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8 Replies to “Will Gutenberg kill WordPress as a writer’s platform?”

    1. Feminist blogs are being removed because they are questioning trans-ideology & the money behind it & the very conservative thinking that powers it. The idea that there’s a lady brain & a man brain. The erasure of lesbians & the attacking of lesbians at various marches earlier this year. The no-platforming of many feminists at universities & colleges. It’s happening on Twitter, too. It hasn’t happened to me but I am very small potatoes.

      I personally believe in civil rights for all people but I do not believe that you can change your sex via hormones or physical surgery. That said, if you want to change your name & dress in a certain manner, that is your right & I support that right.

      I also believe that women … women like me who were born with vaginas … have the right to have their own spaces … without transwomen or men or anyone we don’t want there. Just like men have the right to their own space & anyone else has that right as well. (the only AA meeting in my neighborhood is a man’s meeting & I can’t go there). & transwomen have to respect that concept. If they feel hurt, well, that’s life. Life is pain & that’s the way it is. Accepting that is part of growing up. Accepting who you are & loving who you are & not expecting the world to change for you is also part of growing up. It’s how you become happy with yourself.

      & pointing out these facts is not hate speech nor is it violence. As someone who lived through several very violent relationships & suffers the daily aftereffects of that violence, I find that kind of talk offensive in the extreme.

      I have some very lovely transwomen friends. They are actually more girly than I am. I’m more macho than a lot of dudes I know. but most men will tell you that I’m all woman. I think most of us are a mixed-up bunch at best.

      With love

      1. I can agree with much of what you wrote, but we do disagree on the gender spectrum. I do believe that gender is fluid and that gender has nothing to do with your genitalia. There is a vast amount of research and medical study which proves the male and female brains are wired differently and handle information and processing in different areas. This is not a negative thing nor saying brain is better than another, it does say there is a real clear difference. Hugs

  1. I do agree with you on the wiring thing … we’re all wired differently for sure. But gender is also cultural. I mean, if everything wasn’t pink for girls & blue for boys, nobody would think that was natural. & before my adulthood, you didn’t see that on a large scale AT ALL. You’re more or less my age, you must remember that children’s clothes & toys were the colors of the rainbow when we were kids. Now, girls are frilly little pink princesses & nothing else. This is a cultural change & definitely a feminist backlash by the conservatives & it plays into the whole gender trap.

    As far as gender fluidity, I believe in that with my entire being. I personally am as much male as female but I am sexually a woman. That’s just the way it is. I don’t argue with the facts but I know how I feel … but let’s face it, feelings come & go. Which is the whole point of being fluid, isn’t it.

    1. I was surprised to find out via old pictures that boys and girls wore dresses until a certain age. I have been told the reason they did this was because of childhood mortality. The boys also wore their hair long back then. As to your point of culture, I think the problem we have is gender stereotyping. The idea that a female gender is to do this and a male gender gets to that. That I think is something people have to get past in order to really process trans people. I also think that if people realized what is acceptable gender wise in one area is different in another, from community all the way up to country. Funny thing about the pink and blue, it switched. Here is an excerpt from what I was recently reading.

      According to Smithsonian.com, the shift toward pink and blue happened gradually. For centuries, all children had worn practical white dresses, which could easily be pulled up to change diapers, and bleached when said diapers inevitably exploded. Pastel baby clothes were introduced in the mid-19th century, but according to University of Maryland historian Jo B. Paoletti, author of Pink and Blue: Telling the Girls From the Boys in America, the colors weren’t gender-specific at first. From Smithsonian.com:

      Ladies’ Home Journal article in June 1918 said, “The generally accepted rule is pink for the boys, and blue for the girls. The reason is that pink, being a more decided and stronger color, is more suitable for the boy, while blue, which is more delicate and dainty, is prettier for the girl.” Other sources said blue was flattering for blonds, pink for brunettes; or blue was for blue-eyed babies, pink for brown-eyed babies, according to Paoletti.

      In 1927, Time magazine printed a chart showing sex-appropriate colors for girls and boys according to leading U.S. stores. In Boston, Filene’s told parents to dress boys in pink. So did Best & Co. in New York City, Halle’s in Cleveland and Marshall Field in Chicago.

      In the 1940s manufacturers settled on pink for girls and blue for boys, so Baby Boomers were raised with wearing the two colors. But that wasn’t the end of the story. Paoletti says that due to the women’s liberation movement, more unisex baby clothes came into style in the late ’60s and ’70s. Yet pink and blue came back in the mid-’80s, with the development of prenatal testing. Once parents could find out whether they were having a boy or a girl, they could outfit their nursery in the “appropriate” color. Manufacturers pushed the fad too after realizing affluent parents would buy a whole new set of baby products once they found out Junior was expecting a little sister.

      from https://jezebel.com/5790638/the-history-of-pink-for-girls-blue-for-boys.
      As you say things change and will forever, that is growth and learning. It almost seems to me life has to change. Hugs

  2. You write that “manufacturers settled on pink & blue” like it wasn’t a conservative gender idea. The same with the 1980’s manufacturing. Like it wasn’t part of the whole conservative backlash against feminism. Who says that once you knew you were going to have a girl, you could then decorate the nursery in pink? What a load of bollocks! Typical lack of analysis that characterizes Jezebel.

  3. I found no reason to think it was anymore than commercialism. The desire to sell more and to do it the the least inventory would almost require people to be convinced of only two colors and to have that become the norm. You can see it now with the large chain department stores trying to get rid of separate toy areas for boys and girls, instead making the toys non gender specific. They are doing the same with kids clothing. It is much about marketing and increasing sales. I am not sure why you think the whole idea of color for gender is a conservative thing. Remember for centuries all kids wore simple dresses of nondescript color, mostly a form of white. It would seem to me if the conservatives would want to force anything it would be back to the “original idea”. Besides conservatives change ideas. Remember way back they thought men should have long hair and even further back they wore wigs. Today the standard is short hair but that is changing again in the conservative movements. I do agree that conservatives, especially fundamentalist religious conservatives, have a very narrow and strict view of gender roles that are basically stereotypes at this point. Hugs

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