I thought about going to Toronto WordCamp, the WordPress thing. But, I think it will be all about people making sites for clients and not just people making sites. I really dislike the marketing focus with so much online, not just WordPress. But, with WP it has become an obsession, almost a cult. If you aren’t part of the marketing cult you are not allowed to have an opinion.
The WordCamp is focused on Gutenberg. A bad sign. Gutenberg seems to be a faster way for web developers to make cookie cutter sites for clients. It is all about that current fad of using content blocks. I’m already done with that. I don’t like seeing blocks of content on sites and scrolling down through their coloured content bars. Move on to something else, please.
The rest of the WordCamp is about the future of WP. That would be interesting but… I expect the future the Gutenberg cookie cutter site people see is not the future I would like. I really wish I had found a better way to work with my content, a different CMS from WordPress. But, I tried that and ended up back at the start. For now. Don’t think I have given up. I’m just suspending the mission for awhile.
I wrote to ask about the WordCamp in Toronto, Ontario. But, I never (yet) heard back from them. I think I didn’t say all the right keywords.
I have a book to start learning Scribus, an open source desktop publishing program. That seems the best way evolve (still having content but not being dependent on WordPress).
Two things about WordPress are bothering me lately.
- I’ve read about a partnership between Google and WordPress.
- WordPress continues to support Gutenberg and plans to pull out the current, simple, unblocked editor.
Google collects and sells the information about you. Do you really want WordPress being in a partnership with that? I have written personal thoughts, ideas, and information into my WordPress sites. I never thought of it being picked up by machine algorithms and used against me. (Read more, search for “marketing dystopia”).
Gutenberg, I tried the demo and the test plugin, just leave me feeling aggravated. I know how to type into the current editor, save it, check it and publish it. Then I can go on to do other things. (There are a lot of things to do when you run a few sites by yourself). Gutenberg is something else I am going to have to learn and those content blocks are one more complication I can do without. No thanks!
Add to that the other things which keep going missing from WordPress, the tools I use day to day. I am especially thinking of those bookmarklets, again. PressThis and LinkThis have made my life (the time I spend writing online) so much easier and smoother. It was so nice to collect a link as I find it in the web browser, add a note and then come back to the saved post later to finish and publish it. The reasons WordPress and WP enthusiasts have given for removing the bookmarklets sound hollow and phony to me. Since when did WordPress care so much about protecting content on other sites.
So, I am going to change how I do everything. Why not? I can think of a few good reasons mostly involving time and patience (mine). But, I have loved the zine scene, small self-publishing, with very few rules (other than those you choose yourself) for a long time. It could work.
My sites include my interests in web publishing, creative writing, urban exploration, ASCII art, and general art, culture, travel and history. I have several sites because I really like writing and publishing online and I tend to buy new domains on impulse when the idea always seems good at the time.
I have been online since 1996 running my own sites single-handed and self taught since before WordPress. I’ve also written for several other sites and networks: Suite 101, BackWash, LockerGnome, HerPlanet, HubPages, Squidoo, Twolia, and WZ.com. Before the WWW got going I also wrote for zines.
I was an editall with the Open Directory Project for over ten years. I’ve never been able to like or accept SEO since being on the side of having to clean it up in the early days of the web.
I’m never bored. People who claim to be easily bored must be half brain-dead. There is always something else to do, try, explore or get totally wrong. I’m a recovering perfectionist and find it hard to give myself credit for anything when there is always something that could be fixed, made better, in short, perfected. At times I burn myself out or just don’t get started at all. Yet, I’ll be back… always an optimist, too honest and eventually someone will sum that up on my gravestone in a unique and clever way that I will wish I could see. I believe in reincarnation because I really want the end to be just the beginning.
Should you be wondering… this is not a professional profile. I don’t think I could ever really manage that level of proficient, professional perfection.
Doing things my own way is so much a part of who I am. It’s a shame I have given myself so much to aim for. But, I am recovering… some days.