Gutenberg: 1 Month in

Gutenberg: 1 Month in

Apologies to the non-bloggers that read my blog and have absolutely no interest in this.  However, my post on self-hosting went down pretty well, so I figured I’d follow suit and let you know what I think of Gutenberg.  Who knows, maybe you’re intrigued with the behind-the-scenes anyway.  You’re about to get a whole lot of insight…

What is Gutenberg? A tale.

Once upon a time in the little land of WordPress, many bloggers frolicked around, preparing posts.  The software was clear and easy, acting similarly to a word processor.  No one had to do anything fancy, no one had to overthink.  Everybody was calm, serene and at ease… Except for the developers of WordPress…

“They’re having fun with the processor?”  They chuckled from their evil labroratory, “Well, they’re in for a big surprise!  Introducing our latest creation… Gutenberg.”

With a click of their fingers, panic rippled through the blogging world.  A new editor?  Blocks instead of simply typing?  What does this MEAN?  The Twittersphere was abuzz with confusion and turmoil.  The simple word-processor-like ability to publish blog posts was replaced with Gutenberg: a system using different blocks per paragraph, heading and picture.  Everything involved more fiddling, and no one knew where to start. 

Now, after a month or so of using it, a valiant knight (me) emerges from the crowd to alert others of their progress…

First Impressions

As the story above so hyperbolically states, I was not exactly looking forward to switching to Gutenberg.  I like change, but this change seemed unwarranted and complicated.  Also, in all honesty, making blog content is time consuming enough for me as it is, I didn’t have time to learn a new, more complex system.  However, like most things in life, it isn’t actually that bad…

The block thing is kind of annoying, and it takes a little time to get used to.  However, it’s just like typing into a word processor (Like before), the only difference is that everytime you press enter, you’re suddenly typing in a new block.  A part of me quite likes it.  It seems a lot more organised: you look at your content in chunks and think about it more.

The downsides

The glitches

Gutenberg, like a lot of new software is still quite glitchy.  Sometimes, you press enter to start a new block and it makes the block and then you start typing and then it types in the old block instead of the new block, even though you specifically tried to type in the new block and I’m totally not annoyed about it, not annoyed at all, can you tell?  Furthermore, the disclaimer space in my formatter (That I use at the bottom of posts that are sponsored or gifted) decides it just doesn’t want to show up sometimes… I will write it, save it, and then when I preview/publish the post, it’s just not there… This was never a problem with the old editor.

Sometimes the links don’t work.  I will try and insert a link over some text and the little link inserter disappears the moment I click enter.  I’ll be able to do it eventually once I’ve typed a little more and then come back to it.  But it should work the first time.  And a lot of the time it doesn’t.

Finally, the glitch that annoys me the most is the disappearing text again, to do with links.  Sometimes, I’ll write a long sentence, highlight a word in the middle to insert a link after, and then it will create the link… and delete the rest of the sentence that followed…  It doesn’t happen everytime, but it’s happened quite a few times and it’s very aggravating.

The missing features

It’s no longer as easy to edit my URL’s.  (When I write a blog post, the URL immediately becomes ‘thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk/titleofthepost’, and sometimes the title is long/not super descriptive, so I often change them to make more sense and improve my SEO… all boring stuff)  I don’t know whether it’s there and I just haven’t found it, but it was super visible on the old editor.  So, it’s a bit annoying not being able to with ease on the new one.

Also, I can no longer easily customise what I share to Facebook and Twitter.  When a post goes live on my blog, I have it set up to automatically share to my Twitter and Facebook page and, in the old editor, you could customise the little message that you shared the post with.  WHERE has this gone?!  It’s just disappeared?!  I don’t understand?!  I miss it so much.  Please bring it back, Gutenberg.  I’m asking nicely.

The cool things…

Though it can be incredibly frustrated for all the reasons stated above, I must admit, it definitely has it’s advantages. 

To start with, the block system makes it way easier to insert pictures. You can easily shape them around the text, and rearrange them by just moving the blocks up and down… It’s so much easiet than it was before and I am very grateful for that.

Also, you can now embed loads of cool things in blocks, and it’s making me think way more about customisation and levelling up my blog posts.  For example, now when I shamelessly plug my new radio show, meaning that you can listen to the show without even having to leave my blog post… Hint hint…

The same can be done for Spotify:

Or anything else that my heart desires… The world is my oyster and I intend to get a lot more creative with what I include in my blog posts.  Especially with Blogmas coming up…

So, final verdict?

It has it’s problems, there’s no denying that.  However, if they fixed up a few things, I could definitely see myself getting used to Gutenberg.  It’s not as bad as the description made it seem like it was going to be, and it’s certainly not as complicated.  I feel like it definitely pushes for more creativity,

Are you a WordPress user?  Have you tried Gutenberg?  Let me know in the comments!

Lots of love,

Jas xx

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18 Comments

  1. November 26, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Thank you for this. I am still using old wordpress with free demain, but since I plan to upgrade soon it’s good to know these stuff.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:03 pm

      Glad I could help!

      Jas xx

  2. November 26, 2018 / 10:13 am

    Well, you asked for our thoughts! I don’t usually like to be negative, but I hate it, and I really wish it hadn’t been forced upon us till some of the glitches had been sorted out. Self-hosted people can install plugins to return to the old editor, but people hosting with WordPress don’t have this option, and I don’t think that’s fair. People should have a choice, particularly if the thing you are going to offer them might not work out for some people because of problems with it. I’m blind, and I have a harder time editing now.
    It definitely won’t stop me blogging, in fact I have 24 days of Blogmas coming up on Unseen Beauty, but it’s a pain I didn’t need!
    Glad your experience has been more positive though 🙂

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:07 pm

      I’m sorry you’ve had so many problems with it :/ the glitches are incredibly annoying and I hate that it was forced on you! I’ve noticed a couple of the things I’ve mentioned being ironed out, so hopefully it keeps happening!

      Jas xx

  3. November 26, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    I’m glad you wrote this because I took one look at Gutenberg and noped out. I prefer to use the really classic editor (the one you get when you start a new post from your dashboard rather than the new layout) because the new post editor was being problematic when I tried to change the colour of links. Anyway, I know other blogging/website platforms use blocks, so Gutenberg isn’t super original, but I don’t know that it’d be better for me. I can’t say I’ve ever wanted blocks. But like you, I’m sure if I tried it, I’d get used to it like I do with almost all technology. That being said, I don’t think I’ll be making the switch for now. Maybe one day, but you pointed out some good problems and I’m not ready for those!
    Great post!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:08 pm

      Yeah blocks weren’t something I particularly wanted either! I totally get why you’d stick to the classic!

      Jas xx

  4. November 26, 2018 / 1:48 pm

    Jas, this sounds AWFUL. I can’t cope with boxes… and I definitely can’t cope with things disappearing, not being able to change my link and the Twitter stuff. I like the idea of being able to embed other bits, that’s pretty cool…but no. Maybe in like another year when everyone is using it and I can cry to people for advice…Maybe. Probably not. My classic editor and I are very good friends, I’m not looking to end that relationship just yet x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      😂😂 I don’t know why your comment made me smile so much but it did! If you ever switch, feel free to cry to me for advice xoxo

      Jas xx

  5. November 26, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    im just about to go self hosted and I really wanted to read something about another blogger’s experience.this was much needed.you go girl!

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:09 pm

      Awwww so glad that this helped!

      Jas xx

  6. insidemegansmind
    November 26, 2018 / 10:57 pm

    Gutenburg isn’t terrible, but the glitches can be so bad sometimes. The link thing is so frustrating, especially when I finally get it to link, but the link is out of line with the text. It also does this thing where it will combine two words just randomly and I have to go back in a put a space in again. However, I do like the blocks for the purpose of photos and other things. I think once the glitches get sorted out, I’ll have very few complaints.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      Glad it’s not just me who gets frustrated by the glitches! I forgot about that word combining thing!! I find that so annoying too! Yeah I think it could be great once the glitches are fixed!

      Jas xx

  7. November 27, 2018 / 1:16 am

    Thanks for shairng your experience so far. I’m holding off until the next wordpress update, so they can hopefully work out those glitches.

    I’m most looking forward to being able to being able to add widgets in pages and posts.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:14 pm

      No problem! Yeah, I’d wait til the glitches were ironed out!

      Jas xx

  8. November 27, 2018 / 6:02 pm

    I haven’t used Gutenberg yet and I’m thinking I’ll wait a little longer while the glitches are ironed out…

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:15 pm

      Yeah, I’d wait…

      Jas xx

  9. November 30, 2018 / 6:03 am

    I turned on Gutenberg a few weeks ago and I experienced the buggy insert URL thing. Otherwise, I quite enjoy it a fair bit, despite getting used to and some glitches. I do agree that the lack of sharing customized is annoying but I sort of use that lack to push me to start getting back to Hootsuite and scheduling my tweets.

    And I absolutely love the embedding features! I just embedded an Instagram post and it was sooooo easy, haha. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have done that on the old editor.

    • thoughtsfromjasmine
      Author
      December 2, 2018 / 3:18 pm

      I like how you’ve used it to push you to schedule tweets! I should really do that haha, and yeah the embedding is soooooo easy!

      Jas xx

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