We’ve mentioned a few times that WordPress.Com, where this blog is hosted, has launched a new editor for writing and editing posts. They call it Beep Beep Boop. It’s what one would expect from such a juvenile name.
Aside from innumerable bugs which initially impaired the function of even its limited capabilities, Beep Beep Boop is awkward, time consuming, and just plain foolish. It’s clearly designed to appeal to those whose blogging consists of a few sentences per post.
We’ve seen no reasons given for the sudden appearance of Beep Beep Boop, so all we can do is speculate. We assume that’s what this site’s management sees as the future, and they’re eagerly reaching out in that direction, unconcerned that those who write more substantively will be unable to continue blogging here.
Our guess is that bloggers like your humble Curmudgeon use too much of this site’s resources with our drafting, saving, previewing, revising, saving again, loading earlier posts to copy background material, editing some more, previewing again, and eventually publishing. It seems that WordPress would prefer to replace us with a bunch of teens whose posts are brief and unedited, and who therefore require virtually none of the server time required by bloggers like your Curmudgeon.
Besides, who cares how long a blog post is, or what it says, or how well it’s written? An amateurish, unedited, two-sentence post will carry the same advertising as something longer and revised numerous times, and there are more people who post like that than people who do as we do. That means your Curmudgeon is obsolete — or at least not optimal. The message we’re getting is: If we don’t like Beep Beep Boop, that’s just too bad.
For the moment, the original editor (now designated “classic”) is still available as an option, but it’s been strongly hinted that this option will survive only while they work out the bugs of Beep Beep Boop. When the new editor has reached juvenile perfection, there’s little doubt that the “classic” editor will be gone. We’ve asked management to give us a time estimate for the demise of the classic editor, but they haven’t responded.
So what are we going to do? A couple of things are clear. First, Beep Beep Boop is unacceptable for our requirements, and we can’t continue blogging here if it becomes this website’s only editor. Had it been in place originally, we never would have chosen this site as the home of our blog. Second, because of management’s silence, the most prudent course is to anticipate the worst.
That means we need to set up a new blog at our own domain (we already own SensuousCurmudgeon.com) using software from WordPress.Org — which is different from WordPress.Com. That would give us the “classic” editor, so we could continue to do what we do, albeit at a different website where we would have the unwanted responsibility of being the webmaster.
But there are problems. Yes, we can migrate all of our content to the new site. It’s a pain to do because there’s so much. We’ll have to do it year by year, in order to move everything and have it all at the new blog. We’ll get it done. However, you may have seen and browsed our extensive tables of contents. Those comprise thousands of links to all of our posts, organized by topic, and — alas — each of those links points to a post at this website. It’s unrealistic to change those links to whatever would be the new location of those posts. That’s our biggest problem.
There are three possibilities for dealing with this. In addition to moving a copy of our archives to the new site, we could: (1) abandon our tables of contents; (2) leave the tables of contents and the original archives at this website where they would continue to be functional; or (3) move the tables of contents to the new site while leaving the original archives here (as a duplicate), so the links in the tables of contents at the new site– which all point here — would still function.
At the moment, options 2 and 3 both seem attractive. Either way, we would use this place to store an extra copy of our archives while we post new material at the new blog. Search engines will probably downgrade us for having duplicate material, but that’s unavoidable. Leaving an extra set of the archives here would preserve the utility of our tables of contents, and — just as important — it would preserve other links to our earlier content, which are all over the internet. We’d be spread out over two different sites, but so what?
We think this place will, on request, migrate our subscribers to the new location, so that would be a convenience. If not, we’ll leave a prominent note at the home page of this blog explaining our new location. That’s essential for anyone trying to find us, because it’ll take search engines like Google some time to figure out our new location.
Anyway, we’re not moving yet. But this weekend, when we may have the time, we’ll start setting up a new blog at another site with software from WordPress.Org. That requires a bit of work — selecting a theme, making sure it looks okay, adding essential features like a spam detector, migrating our archives, etc. The new site will be kept “private” so it won’t be visible on the internet until we’re certain we have to use it. If that becomes necessary, we’ll make it public and let you know that the new place is active and that’s where our new posts will be. We’ll also try to get our subscribers moved.
We’re not looking forward to this, and we keep hoping there will be some message from management that the classic editor will be retained. But if that doesn’t happen, we gotta do what we gotta do. We’ll keep you advised. Meanwhile, if anyone has any helpful suggestions, we’d like to hear from you.
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