Watch this if you’re still on the fence about the new WordPress Editor (aka Gutenberg)

If you're still unsure about the new WordPress Editor (aka Gutenberg), it's worth watching Matt Mullenweg's State of the Word keynote at the recent WordCamp US 2018 event in Nashville. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5b-N2RmxS8 You can find links to parts of the talk, along with slides, and commentary in Matt's post, here: https://ma.tt/2018/12/state-of-the-word-2018/ I've been using the new…

Feedback that inspires me to be a better blogger

I enjoy blogging because I enjoy sharing things that interest me. My blog has a pretty modest following, and I like receiving feedback on posts that resonate with readers. This evening, I opened Twitter for some reason, and noticed this wonderful tweet from Jamie Rubin, a writer, blogger, and stimulus for my Field Notes obsession:…

MarsEdit + WordPress 5.0

MarsEdit is my favourite blog editor for my laptop. I use it daily, mostly for work-related posts that I publish. It makes it so much easier for me to publish to a variety of blogs (we have a lot of internal blogs at Automattic). The new WordPress Editor has changed how we write blog posts…

I like the new Twenty Nineteen theme, but …

WordPress 5.0 has been released, and with it the new default theme, Twenty Nineteen. I like the theme, except it doesn't support a sidebar, and all my widgets look like they're really packed in there when I test my site with the theme. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72xdCU__XCk WordPress 5.0 "Bebo" I'd love to have a theme that's pretty…

My blog is 14 years old, today, and it’s a big day for blogging

Today is a Big DayTM For Blogging, but probably only for me. Today is this blog's 14th birthday! On 6 December 2004, I wrote my first post on this WordPress blog: https://pauljacobson.me/2004/12/06/in-the-beginning/ Where this chapter all began ... It was originally at a different domain, and has evolved over the last 14 years. I probably…

Read Matt Mullenweg’s Gutenberg FAQ

Matt Mullenweg (my boss*) has published a Gutenberg FAQ that you should read if you're interested in Gutenberg (aka, the new WordPress Editor aka the block editor), the upcoming WordPress 5.0 release, and the accessibility debate about Gutenberg. https://ma.tt/2018/11/a-gutenberg-faq/ Read Matt's Gutenberg FAQ *In case you weren't aware, I work for Automattic (the company behind…

On Manton Reece’s thoughts about WordPress, and the new Editor (formerly known as Gutenberg)

I just read Manton Reece's thoughts about the new WordPress Editor (formerly known as Gutenberg), and I don't really agree: As I test Gutenberg, I keep coming back to one question: is it good for blogging? The goal with Micro.blog is to make blogging easier so that more people will have their own site instead…

Tweeting to preserve history

I suppose Twitter still has its good use cases. Tweeting to preserve history isn't one of them. I came across this fascinating Twitter thread by Marina Amaral about the Sami people, who've been living in what's now Finland for thousands of years: https://twitter.com/marinamaral2/status/1005904882140925953 The thread runs for several tweets, and it includes wonderful resources such…
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