I’m sad to say that blogging on WP has become an exercise in needless frustration for me.
1) I have to re-log-in repeatedly to leave or reciprocate comments when accessing other blogs through a comment left on mine, even though I’m already logged into WP. The only way around it is to manually put each blog name into the WP Reader each time and comment through the Reader. 😫 This bug in the works is the WORST and biggest deterrent to the interactive blogging experience I’ve ever encountered on WP.
2) “Blocks” have over-taken everything from editing to widgets to the new theme customizer. It’s a block invasion. Blocks are cumbersome, fiddly and overwrought, whereas the pre-block ways were simple, quick and easy-peasy. For the most part, “blocks” are not helpful or time-efficient. Make it make sense.
3) WP used to offer many aesthetically pleasing and creative free “themes.” The new themes all have the same generic look, even when “block” customized. Just a minor bit of nostalgic grumpiness, but I fondly recall the beautiful array of fun, free and easily customizable themes of WP past. Take a trip down memory lane of retired themes. I remember Bouquet, Strange Little Town, Misty Lake, Rusty Grunge, Dusk to Dawn, Matala, Brand New Day and Monster ☠️. My favs were Koi, Fiore and Adelle. We were all so jazzed whenever a new one was announced. Sounds silly, but they had a good vibe, like lots of enthusiasm, warmth and creativity went into making them.
Frustration and Aggravation Summation: The continual barrage of mostly unwelcome changes detract from the personal blogging experience and puts a damper on my blogging enthusiasm. Isn’t feeling encouraged, rather than discouraged to blog, the point?
If it’s broke, fix it. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I cannot be the only long-time WP blogger feeling this way.
Much love, appreciation and blessings to my blogging crew, MW 🙏🏼