Ok, I admit, parties aren’t really my thing. (Introvert, remember?) A few days ago, when I was upgrading my WP account, I discovered that I am not using the ‘block editor’.
I’m a WP user from waaaay back, and I remember when the editor looked like this:
So, since my new editor looks like this:
I thought I was using the new block editor.
Apparently, that’s the ‘Classic editor.’
The NEW block editor looks like this:
I tried writing this post in the actual NEW block editor, and it made me want to pull my hair out. Now, I’m all for learning new things, but it’s always scary to do this on your blog/website. Because you never know what it will do to your old content. Maybe nothing? Or maybe it will break everything?
I mean, unless I’m updating old posts for some reason, after switching to the the new editor, it shouldn’t change anything, right?
The new editor does look like it has some cool features, but it also was frustrating trying to search around and find things, since everything seems to be moved around.
I’m also debating getting a new theme (now that I upgraded and have access to more), but I have the same fear – that changing the theme will somehow break some of the old content. What to do, what to do.
Are you using the new block editor? Any tips/tricks/horror stories you’d like to share?
Privacy has become a big issue in today’s world. Big business owners like Mark Zuckerberg want to convince you that privacy is dead, while at the same time retaining a stranglehold on their own. Why? Because they can make billions off your lack of privacy. That’s all. Simple greed.
I grew up before the internet existed. (Yes, it is possible to survive childhood without the internet, I promise.) Cell phones were not ubiquitous – mostly because when I was a kid, they were hella expensive and the size of a dictionary. 😛
When the internet became a thing, we didn’t think about the consequences. (Same thing as nuclear bombs and plastics and asbestos and cell phones and, and well, pretty much everything we invent.) It’s new, so it must be good, right?
I’ve always been a private person, even as a kid. Probably due in large part to my lack of social skills, but also because I’m an introvert, and being around a lot of people is mentally and emotionally exhausting for me. I don’t like, nor do I want, everyone knowing my business.
So, why am I on the internet, you ask? Good question. I suppose because I get something out of blogging that I can’t find anywhere else, and also because the benefits to me outweigh the risks.
I think of myself as a normal person, but my sister constantly teases me about my tinfoil hat. I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any means, but I don’t think it’s wrong to try and limit the potential risks of being online.
I pay bills online, I blog, I am hopefully at some point soon going to open an online Etsy shop. But I do try to keep my real life and my online life as separate as I can. Is that weird? Do other people not do this?
I have a cell phone, but I really only use it for texting and (gasp!) phone calls. I do have an email account on it, but that’s pretty much it. I have a few apps (less than 5) that I have installed, most of the rest of the stuff on the phone are things that came with the phone that I can’t delete.
I don’t really do social media. I used to have a Facebook, but I do not like their lack of ethics, so I deleted it years ago. I don’t have an Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or anything else. I don’t like someone else (whether it’s a person or an algorithm) deciding for me what I should see and when.
Maybe because I grew up without the internet, being without those things doesn’t bother me. On the other hand, my children, who have definitely grown up with the internet, don’t really do social media either. They text their friends, and they play online games. But neither one of them have a Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or Snapchat or whatever other new shiny has popped up lately.
As more and more information comes out about how companies are using data in unethical ways, I find myself trying even harder to maintain the separation between my real life and my online life. Which, admittedly, is becoming more and more difficult. Not only because so many companies are trading data as a commodity, but also because the people who use the internet (you know, us regular people), value authenticity. (That’s what the prevailing wisdom says, anyway.) Is it possible to be authentic and still keep your real life separate from your online life?
For the last several weeks, I’ve been dipping my digital toes into the (cess?)pool of social media. I’ve blogged about joining Ello and I’ve also recently joined Ko-Fi. I guess that Ko-Fi isn’t technically social media? Or maybe it is? I don’t know.
If you’re not familiar with Ko-Fi, it’s a site where you sign up, create a page for yourself, and people can donate via PayPal to support you – i.e., buy you a cup of coffee. It’s similar to Patreon, I suppose, although you have to pay a monthly fee for recurring payments from supporters. So Patreon Lite, maybe?
In any event, I thought it looked like a cool way to provide an opportunity for those who don’t have tons of cash lying around (like me), but would like to send something small to those whose talents we appreciate.
So now I have a Ko-Fi page set up for myself. If you’re interested, check it out here. It’s still pretty bare bones, but I’ll be adding to it in the coming months. Learning to navigate all these new (to me) sites has really taxed my poor brain.
Just setting up a PayPal account gave me a headache. I set it up as a business account, but since I’m a sole proprietor, things can be tricky. The state I live in doesn’t require me to register my business as a sole proprietor, so some of the questions either didn’t apply or didn’t make sense to me.
Also, their categories for type of business was disappointing. I didn’t see anything that I thought applied to what I do, but I suppose it doesn’t matter. I think it’s more for PayPal to send me marketing crap than it is to actually help me out. We’ll see, I suppose. I wonder if I can change the category later? Now I just have to wait for PayPal to do their thing with the test deposits/withdrawals from my bank account so I can get down to business.
I still want to set up a YouTube channel, but I think I may wait and tackle that project another day. My poor brain is on overload dealing with all these different sites. Ain’t technology grand?!
I love blogging, I really do. Sometimes just the process of getting my jumbled thoughts out of my brain onto the screen is all it takes to make my day better. But there are some things I don’t like about blogging. Some are just annoyances, but some are things that make me want to avoid blogging all together. I guess my ego is bigger than my dislike, since I’m here. 😀 Right, on with the list!
#5. Dealing with the technology
I consider myself pretty tech savvy, but I am by no means a tech person. I liken it to driving a car – I know how to operate it; I can fix simple things – gas, flat tire, blown fuse, etc., but some things are beyond my skills – broken engine mounts (which aren’t apparently as terrible as they sound), broken shifter linkage, suspension issues, and the like. Same with tech – I can operate my blog and fix simple things, but sometimes things break and I have no idea how to fix them.
One of the reasons I have my blog set up the way I do is that I didn’t want to be responsible for security and other tech issues. Maybe someday I’ll feel that confident, but not yet. Technology is great – as long as it works. 😛
#4. Finding people to follow and interact with
This is a big one for me. I’m naturally an introvert, and I spend a lot of my time alone – some by necessity, some by need. I like to people watch and observe – interaction is difficult for me and not something I feel adept at. So just hopping over to someone’s blog and commenting does not come naturally. I’m constantly afraid I will come off as rude, condescending, or at worst, ignorant.
Has anyone ever made me feel that way? No, of course not. Have I ever felt that way about anyone who interacts or comments on my blog? Nope, never. Just my own demons following me into the digital realm.
I also apparently suck at searching for other like-minded blogs to follow. I have a wide range of interests, but it can be difficult to find blogs to follow even then. Like everyone else, I’m looking for good content, but also consistency. I’ve found some great blogs, but then discover that the owner hasn’t posted anything in months.
#3. Blogger’s block
I suffer from this a lot, mostly because I have that little voice in my brain that says that no one will care about what I have to say. Plus, as mentioned in #2, I think consistency is important, so I try to stick to my posting schedule. The pressure to post regularly can lead to brain drain, and I have trouble finding a topic I think is relevant that I want to post about.
These days to combat blogger’s block, I either go draw or I go for a walk. It’s amazing what a little exercise can do to get my neurons firing. Even if I don’t end up finding a topic, I can at least get myself out of that negative headspace you get into when you are blocked creatively.
#2. Bragging about yourself
I don’t think most people start a blog thinking, “Hey, I need a forum to brag about myself.” That said, a lot of the time, that’s what it feels like I’m doing. Ultimately, I’m trying to get people to listen to me, follow me, and hopefully, spend some money on things I’ve created.
But that darn imposter syndrome is always there, lurking behind me. There’s always going to be somebody who is better than you at whatever it is you’re doing. I think we’ve become so conditioned to compare ourselves to others that it can be extremely hard to recognize when you’re doing it. In the same way, we’ve been conditioned not to brag about ourselves and I find it hard to do. (Though now that I think about it, social media is mostly that, so maybe it’s just me?)
#1. Stat tracking
This is my absolute least favorite thing about blogging. I want to grow my audience and attract followers, but keeping track of all the stats just gives me a headache. Again, I understand the basics, but drilling down too far makes me want to scream. Numbers are not my thing – words are.
Plus, I am never sure what stats are more important. Visits? Views? Comments? Number of followers? Keywords? Ugh, I’m making myself tired just writing about all of this.
While there are things I don’t like about blogging, what I do get out of it more than makes up for it. It’s work, for sure, but I enjoy the process, even if I don’t think I’m good at it sometimes. But that was the point behind this blog – to be public about my successes and my failures. Now, if I could just figure out how to clone myself so I have time for everything I want to do!