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Sunday at the coffee shop

Some tumblers and reusable cups at a local Starbucks.
The top shelf of my “office”

This afternoon, I had the brilliant idea of attempting to upgrade my account. However, WordPress wouldn’t let me enter my postcode on their PayPal payment page. I switched keyboards twice and used the number pad. They were kind enough to ask why I was cancelling my order.

Why do I keep doing this to myself?

Dessert - strawberry mousse in a glass display case
Designer mousse – I ordered extra whipped cream instead

I see what the matter is with the new block editor. It literally depends on the time of day. At 11.00, 13.00 and 16.00, I couldn’t use the backspace key or CTRL + X to delete images or blocks of text. It’s 19.01 or two hours before this post goes live. Now, I can do all of those things. But the earlier function of accessing arrows on the left side of the block to move text around, has gone.

Social distancing notice in a Starbucks coffee shop.
Table top – a fifteen-minute visit turned into a two-hour battle

At first, I thought the editor was not iPhone friendly, but typing on a desktop is equally frustrating. It’s not that the block editor lacks functionality, it is that the removal of user control means that poorly rendered backend code can really ruin your day. I wanted to switch out the following two photos. It was impossible on my phone. When I got home, I found a tutorial online and was able to do that.

Screen capture of the block settings feature for images.
A “killer” app

Again, the block editor is rubbish on my phone. I uploaded medium-sized images but they were huge when I viewed them on my laptop screen. Searching through the side bar and finding the image resize tool was exhausting. I like to edit HTML because if there are any issues, I can always look at the code and fix it there. I’m not being stubborn. Look at this:

Some html code from the new block editor. Screen capture.
Okay …

Pretty straightforward. But the block editor returned an error message when I tweaked the code. I needed to do this to embed images from the Google Photos app. The app doesn’t give me a .jpg link so I used a different app to create an embed string. I could not embed that into this block editor. My workaround was to upload photos into the media library in WordPress. It will get full fast, so this workaround is not sustainable. Not that I could pay for extra space even if I wanted to.

Have a great Sunday.


Life is short, so let’s be decent.

29 replies on “Sunday at the coffee shop”

Can feel your frustration, hope you got it all sorted. I am not so technically minded so I take my hat off to you!

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Yes, keeping well and busy! I haven’t been able to be on WordPress much but get on when I can! I tend to prefer using the desktop system for my edits also. Good luck with the contortions! 🙂

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So glad you like them. Thank you. I’m in there right now. Editing and organising a movie style trailer for my novel. Stay tuned. Should be good.


I really like your nice blog. A pleasure to come stroll on your pages. A great discovery and a very interesting blog. I will come back to visit you. Do not hesitate to visit my universe. See you soon. 🙂


I’m still writing posts only by choosing “new post” from the wp-admin Dashboard. It seemed to me like the previous new editor made it difficult to do anything for the sake of appearing simple.

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I do the same thing. I think it has to be Google Chrome in desktop. I like to be able to have cross functionality no matter what device I’m using so that means I can’t blog as often as I’d like.

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Hello, your blog post are very authentic. Can you help me with the lost of my follow blog option from adding the widget in customization. I have been searching a lot about this on Google, YouTube’s, But, no use.


Totally understand your pain. Embedding is not just an issue of filling up account space, it’s also a way to keep your content in one place and maintain control of versions, etc.

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