Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 21st -27th March 2021 – Editing, 1960s Music, Ball Boys, Reviews and humour.

Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord

I hope you are all well and have some decent weather. Ours is still mixed at the moment with freezing showers forecast for tonight. The sun is shining at the moment and whilst still nippy it is a welcome sight.

As you know I prefer the Classic Editor. I did a trial of the block editor and whilst I appreciate that many are very happy with it. I don’t find it helpful for me, because of the posts that I upload. For example this weekly round up which I try to update daily as even with the original classic editor it would usually take an hour. There was an update about three weeks ago which added more steps into the process. Whilst they have said they will not support the editor I had hoped they would have the decency to leave it alone.

But no..on Thursday without warning and in the middle of a post everything changed into an abomination that has removed all functionality and has added many more steps into the process.

I have approached WP who keep bombarding me with ads to upgrade and they tell me that if I go to the Business plan I can have their own classic editor plug in.. It is 300 dollars a year and the only thing that I want is the plug-in for the classic editor. I don’t want to monetise the blog as I don’t wish to sell any books or my services through it. I just want to be able to provide free book marketing for authors current and new. Post health blogs, music and funnies for people to enjoy.

Also I am not paying 300 dollars a year, if the classic editor they deliver in the plug-in, is the one that has just been dished up this week. I want the old classic editor with its functionality and customer friendly interface which was easy to use for new bloggers and those less technical alike. The person who responded to me yesterday could not answer that but still urged me to upgrade to the business plan anyway.

I have to say that I am disappointed in WordPress and their approach to this. There are (from what I can gather) five million + people using the classic editor plug-in and I would be very happy to pay 50 dollars a year for example, for a plug-in that gave me the original classic editor..From comments I have received there are great deal of others who would like to go back to it. It seems to me that WordPress are missing a business opportunity here. 5 million+ paying 50 dollars a year is 250million dollars.

I spent yesterday leaning new software offline. This is an open source platform and open to self-hosted blogs. I am too effectively now, as I can now write and format my posts offline and schedule and upload directly into my blog but without a middleman and the hassle of trying to work within this cumbersome framework.

Looking back at the beginnings of WordPress their mission statement was that this was a place where bloggers of every level could post free, creating posts their way using simple coding that was easy to follow. I am disappointed that they have moved so far from this ethos and the platform is now being run by programmers who are determined to show how creative they can be. That is blogging their way…not as promised the users way.

I am determined that until they throw me out kicking and screaming, I will continue to write my blog ‘my way’ so if you don’t see me around next week you will know what happened!!!

In the meantime.. please forgive any format issues etc as I find my way around the new offline editor.

Anyway on with the show…. and as always my thanks to William Price King, D.G. Kaye and all of you for keep coming back.. That does keep me motivated. Sally.

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1965 Part Two

A return to Tales from the Irish Garden- Spring: Chapter Seven – Jeremy the Donkey  

Chapter Eight – The Royal Banquet

#Poetry Challenge No 217 Themeprompt -#Etherees – Immortality 

#Poetry Lockdown Innit by M.J. Mallon

#Short Stories–Undercover Crime Shorts by Jane Risdon

Past Book Reviews 2020 – A Year in the Life of Leah Brand: A #Psychological Thriller by Lucinda E. Clarke

#Quotes D.L. Finn, #Blogging Pete Springer, #BookOffer John W. Howell 

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Tuesday 23rd March 2021 – #Accounting Jim Borden, #Ireland Claire Fullerton, #Finance Sharon Marchisello

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Thursday March 25th 2021 – #Writing D.G. Kaye, #Characters John W. Howell, #Interview Amy M. Read

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#Reviews – #Ghosts Toni Pike, #Butterflies Bette A. Stevens

-#Epic #Fantasy The Goblin Trilogy by Jaq D. Hawkins

New Author on the Shelves – #Musicians #Covid – Pause, Play, Repeat:The real impact of Covid-19 on musicians by Sammy Stein

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New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy Dead of Winter: Journey 3 – The Fever Field by Teagan Riordain Geneviene

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#Family Stevie Turner, #Supernatural John W. Howell, #Action #Romance Jacquie Biggar, #Fantasy C.S. Boyack

Meet the Authors 2021 – #Fantasy K.M. Allan, #Supernatural Jessica Bakkers, #Family Johnnie Bernhard 

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Meet the Authors 2021 – #Thriller Chuck Bowie, #Family Lisette Brodey, #Guide Dog Ann Chiappetta

What causes your cravings? – Part Two – Need Chocolate? 

Turning Back the Clock 2021 – Part Eleven – Anti-Aging and a nutrient dense diet

Meet the Muse by D. Wallace Peach 

Five Best Endings by Elizabeth Merry

#Pot Luck – #Spain Chronicles, Part 2 by Darlene Foster

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines Extra – Mid-week boost – More humour from the family… Shadows and Full time job

March 25th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Grilled Chicken and Genies

Open Mic Night – Special Guest Malcolm Allen – Home Depot and Algebra

Thanks very much for visiting this week and all your support.. enjoy your weekend thanks Sally.

50 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up 21st -27th March 2021 – Editing, 1960s Music, Ball Boys, Reviews and humour.

  1. Thank for including me in the weekly round up. Sorry for the wordpress issues. It a shame they aren’t listening to what their customers want. Like you, I don’t like the new editor and hope they feel the pressure to offer it as a real option. Xo

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  2. Super post, Sally, and guess what? One of John Howell’s followers shared a trick to get the page where you can choose between editors BACK in a couple of clicks. I shared it on TWS yesterday, if you want to take a look, because I’d spent all day Thursday ripping out my hair in frustration, too. Here’s the link, if it helps you: https://marciamearawrites.com/2021/03/26/editorwars-blockeditor-vs-classiceditor/

    I also followed up with a screen shot of the drop down menu, which you can access again, after Step 5. (Sounds like a lot but really it’s only 3 or 4 quick clicks.) Hope it helps.

    Good Luck, and a POX upon those who would slip in under cover of darkness (here) to do their dastardly deeds, without so much as a “by your leave!” GAH!!

    Sharing today’s round-up post, too, shortly. 🙂 ❤

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  3. Horsefeathers! Sally, that’s terrible, downright robbery. I echo what Denise said.
    For several years I’ve been paying to keep ads off my blog, but it’s not as costly as what you were offered. Maybe I’m still getting the old price, for sticking with it… Still, I had to debate whether to continue with it, because of finances.
    Thank you for including me in this round up, and for all the work and frustration you endured to create this post. Hugs on the wing.

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  5. Editor Wars: How To Get BACK the Option Page Where You can Choose Between Block Editor (BAD!) and Classic Editor (YES!!):

    Decided to share those steps here, Sally, for those who were as upset as we were but might not see my response/link above. This is easy-peasey and gives us back our options. Took me about 30 seconds to do it, and it definitely saved my sanity! If you have questions, let me know and I’ll help every way I can. NO ONE should have to go through a day like Thursday!! GAH!

    1. Open your WP blog, click on your face (or whatever image you use) in the circle at the top right in the black bar. (Right beside the bell.)
    2. Once you have clicked there, it will bring you to your Profile. On the left side, choose Account Settings.
    3. Scroll down until you get to Interface Settings and see the slide bar under Dashboard Settings.
    4. Click on that to turn it off.
    5. Scroll down below the Color Options and Click on Save.

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      • Ain’t that the truth! I was so mad I could barely stand it! It’s a good thing whoever hit the switch on that little operation was NOT within my range. A wise man I once knew used to say, “Never arouse the wrath of a large woman,” and you know what? He was right! 😀

        So glad you have the option to use Classic back! Let’s hope it doesn’t disappear again any time soon. Fingers crossed! 🙂 ❤

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  6. I read Marcia’s blog post and have taken note of her advice. I moved my blog to WordPress.org some time ago, and, for the time being, I can still access the Classic Editor as usual, but I’ve kept my WordPress.com blog alive, although I’m not sure if I’d dare to try and post something directly there. Thanks, Sally, for your efforts.

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  7. Sally, my head is spinning from reading your hassle with WordPress . That it changed in the midst of your work must have been beyond frustrating. Please keep us apprised on this, as I, too, am learning my way around WordPress. I recently found a 1-800 number and talked to someone over the phone who helped me with my administration confusion, and it surprised me to have my problem so efficiently and quickly resolved… Thank you for including me in this week’s round-up!

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  8. It sure is frustrating when a company changes a policy without the input of it’s customers. I have no problem with change as long as we’re given the option to change. I haven’t posted anything since this began, but I’m going to give it a go next week. Thanks for fighting the good fight, Sally.

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    • I hear you Pete.. my career was all about the customer and this is appalling..The fix via Marcia restored the original classic format for posting but there is still a new interface but I can live with that. I also now have Open Live Writer which has the same functionality as Classic including scheduling straight into my blog.. I feel more comfortable with two options to escape the madness.. xx

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  9. Must admit after raging and fuming at the Block Editor last year I’m used to it now. The one thing that still annoys me is being unable to find an attractive way to wrap text round pictures, so my images always have to be centred. I used to enjoy messing about with layouts and was quite proud of some I achieved, now paradoxically the Editor that’s supposed to widen those possibilities is limiting them. Have raised this with WP and they agree that in that area the Block Editor is less flexible. Anyway it’s their fault if the bloggers of the world drown in a sea of comforting gin.

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  10. Hi, Sally. WordPress certainly threw a kink in things. I do hope you are able to find workarounds. John Howell seems to have discovered one. Thank you for sharing the weekly roundup. It was a stellar week!

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  11. Ohh Sally, you are all about supporting your fellow indie authors, so for WP to be this high-handed, they are asking for trouble. You are a trouper to hang in there and get this post out. The support from Marcia and John and our blogging community is <3. Much ❤ to you..Xx

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  12. Totally agree with you, Sally. I was so disappointed when I logged in to write my blog this week and found that the Classic Editor was completely gone. Previously, I’d been switching to it to create my posts because using the blocks is atrocious, and now I can’t even do that! A Google search lead me to the same conclusion as you, that I’d have to upgrade to a business account to get the plugin, which is something I can’t do right now. If it wasn’t broke, I don’t see why they had to make changes.

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