To Block-Editor Or Not To – My Action After Cyranny’s Post

Good morning all you lovely people ๐ŸŒผ . How are you my dears? I hope life treats you well and if not that you get all the help you need.

You’ve probably seen my re-blog of Cyranny’s post about bloggers who have trouble using the new block editor.

So I took some time to have a conversation with a Happiness Engineer (my chemo-brain allowed some coherent sentences ๐Ÿ˜‡) who kindly let me post it here.

Sadly he or she did not introduce themselves and I forgot to ask the name, so I can’t thank them.

Here is the conversation:

Bee: “Hi there, I am rather confused. You are called “Happiness Engineers”, but you seem to make many of my fellow bloggers rather unhappy. Could WP please be so kind and keep the classic editor. I feel you need some knowledge of coding to use it well and not everyone has the time to gain that knowledge. Does WP really feel they are so big now that they can lose often longtime and very loyal bloggers? That would be very disappointing! Kind regards B. Halton”

Happiness Engineer (HE) “Hi there!

That’s a very valid concern and I thank you for sharing this.

Please note that WordPress software is managed by WordPress community at https://wordpress.org and we adapt WordPress.org software for our hosting users.

The community has decided to move away from the classic editor and adapt the block editor.

Bee: “How long will that be possible?”

WE: “We are still trying our users to get access to the classic editor. They can do so from the wp-admin interface.

I can’t provide any timeline but we’ll try it as long as possible technically and not posing a security risk for our users.”

“Ok and where can I contact the WP community to let them know my concerns?”

“You can find them here: https://make.wordpress.org/

Bee: “Thanks very much. Am I allowed to post our conversation on my blog so others can find help or show their concern too?”

HE: “Of course! Feel free to post this on your blog.

You can also use Classic Block in the block editor”

Bee: “Thanks very much. Have a wonderful day!”

HE: “The Classic Block provides almost all the features of the classic editor.

You can see more details about the classic block here: https://en.support.wordpress.com/wordpress-editor/blocks/classic-block/

Bee: “It doesn’t seem to make any difference to those who have trouble with the block editor but thanks for the tip.”

HE: “Also, see https://wordpress.com/support/editors/#classic-editor on how to access the classic editor

It is basically the same steps that I told you (to go to wp-admin interface and access the classic editor)

Anything else I can help with or clarify for now?”

Bee: “No thanks very much. Have a wonderful day. Bee”

HE: “Please note that we love our users and always here to help them in anyways we can.

Thanks. You too!”

My next steps will be to contact the WordPress Community, however I need to rest a little now before I do that. I just wanted to let you know what they said to me.

I find the block editor unpractical but can handle it. I had these troubles with all the changes that WP made since I blog here and eventually got used to it.

However, I think this is a major and different change and bloggers who can’t get used to it should have the chance to do so and not be forced to leave.

One factor that worries me though is: ” Does using the old editor mean a security risk?”

Will need to research that. Stay tuned my dears… ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

photo of mountains and dawn sky. White Writing with quote by Shakespear: We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Re-Post: Book Review: The Author’s Guide to Working with Bookbloggers by Barb Drozdowich

Author photo Barb Drozdowich

image credit: Barb Drozdowich

August 2020
This is an excellent book for all authors who are not internet savvy. Barb has written many more books since so please check her out anyway.
June 2015
Publisher: Booktrope
Publishing Date: 2. Aprilย  2015
Edition: E-Book
Genre: non-fiction
Formats: E-Book, Paperback
Source: BookTour.Tips (free copy in return for an honest review)
Bees: 5 of 6

About the Author:

Barb Drozdowich is a book blogger and author coach in all things internet and blog. She uses everyday language that is easy to understand to explain how book promotion works on the internet and has several books published and more in the making about the topic.

Honey Bees in the book:

I think this book is brilliant as it is short, gives you easy to understand explanations and many, many useful tips on how to approach book blogs and bloggers. It also advises you well on what to make your mind up about when you decide to use book blogs as a promotional tool for your book. It is logically structured and gives you an overview of book blogs and book bloggers, in general, about queries, giveaways, interviews, cover reveals and much more.
However, I am a book blogger myself so much of her information is already known to me. I have to say though that all suggestions and tips are down to earth and spot on. Barb Drozdowichhas did a survey of fellow book bloggers to find a broader basis for her guide. I doubt you can go wrong if you follow her advice. You certainly would find a spot on my blog if you use her tips and guidance.
And she made me aware of Google Alerts, which I didnโ€™t know yet, and it already has helped me. So thank you very much Barb!

Stinging Bees in the book:

What I am going to write now is not really a stinging bee rather something to keep in mind: The readership this book is aimed for are those authors who have no idea yet about how blogs and the internet works. If you as an author are a blogger yourself then a lot in this book is already known to you. Yes, I know I repeat myself a little here but better safe than sorry.

And the mead of it all?

This book is a must if you are an author looking into promoting your book via blogs and have no idea how they or the internet work. If you are a blogger, much of the information is known to you but it still gives you some more ideas on how to make your blog a better place for authors. All in all a great read and excellent guide!

Cover of The Author's Guide to Working With Book Bloggers

photo credit: Barb Drozdowish

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Blurb:
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Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with book bloggers? If book bloggers are the new gatekeepers to โ€˜book publishing success,โ€™ do you wonder how you can tap into that source of free promotions? How you can move comfortably into that world, putting your best foot forward?
Look no further, because The Authorโ€™s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of over two-hundred bloggers, covering all aspects of communication between authors and review blogs. Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let The Authorโ€™s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers demystify the promotion of your book on a book blog.
Youโ€™ll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, as well as the following:
โ€ข The Query
โ€ข The Review
โ€ข The Giveaway
โ€ข The Guest Post
โ€ข The Book Blurb Excerpt
โ€ข The Cover Reveal
โ€ข โ€ฆand more!
หƒหƒหƒ Start your journey to publishing success today!

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Quote by T. Pratchett on living

Beating Cancer While Blogging and some Good News

Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you and yours are well. I also hope you always have your favourite hot beverage to the rescue when life gets challenging. And a friend or family member too. 

For all those who don’t know me yet: In January, my doctors diagnosed me with cancer. I spent February and most of March at appointments to find out how bad and where it came from because it was “unsuspected” as they said. It turned out to be breast cancer (two tumours, one of which was the primary one).ย 

At the end of March, I was lucky to have an operation in which they took out both tumours, and my lymph nodes as five of them were affected. The fear is that the cancer has spread to other parts even though the hospital hasn’t found any other tumours yet. I should have started chemotherapy last week but could not because I developed an infection. I got antibiotics and see the doctors on Monday the 4th of May to find out if I can start or not. 

For a couple of months now, I am figuring out how I can beat cancer besides the treatment I get from the hospital. I assume that I have better chances if I do not give cancer too much attention, and do something I love to keep me occupied. And I love blogging. So I do it as much as I can.

You can see it on my “Bee Wordless” Blogger blog: Originally, I “just” wanted to do “Wordless Wednesday” posts. However, one of my missions is to spread some kindness, and one of my passions is photography. I try to take a daily photo and share it with family and friends on WhatsApp with a little message that I think of them. This habit made me think; I could do that on one of my blogs too. So I did, and you can find the latest here

Another one of my passions is poetry. In 2014 and 2015, I did a project to write a poem a day, and it somehow became a habit later on. I share some of them on a fellow bloggers blog (find themย hereย on Carol Anne’s “Therapy Bits”), and they are popular. Which made me think: “Why shouldn’t I spread the joy further?” Again, so I did. Now, I am not superwoman and can write daily poetry posts on two blogs. That is why I re-purpose some on my Weebly blog “The Bee Creates“.

Come Away With Me 2020 Badge
Come Away With Me 2020 badge

But the project I am most excited about is “Come Away With Me” here on my WordPress blog. Over the years I have taken part in several music blog projects from “Song Lyric Sunday” to “Love Is In Da Blog“. While most bloggers shared the music they’ve always liked, I became bored and wanted to discover music from other countries. YouTube had suggested some exciting Scandinavian artists to me, which made me wonder what sort of music other countries are listening. So I started to blog about them last December on “Music Monday“. Later on, I re-named it “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge“. For the next couple of years, I am going to write about a musician from a different country every Monday. I’ll also share some video’s to get an idea about the country we visit. You can even take part with your blog if you like.

I am not sure, if all these creative endeavours will get me through cancer treatment, but I feel it is definitely better than feeling sorry for myself. One thing I do not want to miss either in my blogging is JoAnna’s Good News Tuesday. That is why I am going to share a Good News Story for the end of this blog post.

I am looking for alternative ways to support my cancer treatment and this story made me think a lot:

video credit: eCancer via YouTube

This post takes part in โ€œGood News Tuesdayโ€ inspired by JoAnna on โ€œAnything Possibleโ€. I found this story over at YouTube. Please head over to JoAnna and find more uplifting news.

So, I let you go to whatever is up at your agenda. Take care of yourselves and be kind not only to others but also to yourself. Happy Tuesday despite everything.

If We Were Having A Hot Beverage…

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well. Please stay safe and know you are in my prayers. ๐Ÿ•ฏ

When I wrote today’s blogpost over at ” The Bee Creates” the Coronavirus epidemic was still far away.

Since then more and more countries are shutting down and I wonder which of the apocalyptic riders are called “Epidemic”. Should have read “Good Omens” more closely ๐Ÿ˜ .

So I assume all of us are going to read more and that is why I made a summary of my posts from this week over there: ” If We Are Having A Hot Beverage…

The world is closing

Let’s share favourite blogposts

Remember blessings

So if you are not occupied with stockpiling toilettroll ๐Ÿ˜œ then let me know which is the post you enjoyed writing the most this week and I head over and read it.

Happy Sunday to you all despite everything ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ

Aside

Question of the day from Carol Anne

What brings you joy?

For me, its journaling, reading, playing with my dog Nitro, listening to music, blogging or writing, drinking tea, volunteering, and spending time with those I love.

What about you?

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Thankful its Friday!

Hello hello hello to all you lovely people out there!
Hows your Friday been? Good? Bad? I hope not!

Happy Friday to you! I hope you’ll enjoy the weekend!

What are your weekend plans? Mine are to just relax! Might go see a friend but thats about it!

Anyway wanted to share a little poem about the weekend!

Weekends
are for relaxing
being lazy
not doing much of anything
enjoying your free time
having down time
relaxing on the sofa
with a mug of tea, or hot chocolate
with the tv on
or a good book
thats how my weekends are
and its how
yours should be too
do something chillaxing
this weekend!

close up of bee

Is she gone blogging mad?????

You might ask that if you use the WordPress reader for reading blogs and have seen at least 20 of my poetry posts going up yesterday.

I leave answering that question to you my dears but just explain that I am editing my old posts and put them up at the time they were originally posted. Well, some are going up at newer dates but either way you will see many of my posts on the reader for a while.

Please bear with me ๐Ÿ™‚

a blogging mad she

bringing timelines together

rain falling outside

May you have a wonderful day no matter what challenges today’s life puts upon your sanity ๐Ÿ™‚

Image of The Bee Creates homepage

Not wordless at all but rather warm…

Hello, dear people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you have someone to cuddle, a big bar of chocolate or a blog to let it all out. And if all else fails know, that I am thinking of you and send you good vibes!

Are you as warm as I am? Even though it is not as hot here at the North Sea Coast as it is in other parts of the country it is still testing my ability to cope.

The weather app on my phone tells me that we currently have 31c/87.8f which we had a lot last year too. But it was a dry heat then. I can live with that. But this morning we had some thunderstorms which makes it rather humid around here. Not that I complain. Well, I do but I also see some light at the end of the tunnel: At least I did not have to water the plants today.

Because of that, I am hiding behind the curtains of our lovely home with all windows open. Makes no difference believe you me, however, I still hope that whatever light breeze might come our way honours us with a visit LOL.

image of vintage curtains and window slightly open

Had trouble to get into gear this morning. The dog only got a short walk, then I had to bake bread and collapsed on the sofa after that. Allowed myself a little time to play FarmvilleCountry Escape (I consider that self-care the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice ) in the world considers it addiction… it’s all a question of interpretation, I guess ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) with two mugs of coffee. That triggered a “I can do it” response. So I started the laptop.

TherapyBits got another of my daily poems to read ๐Ÿ™‚ and I had a look at my Weebly page too. Unfortunately, I wasn’t particularly organised when I had to give up my beehalton.com domain. This blog was first supposed to just host some pictures for downloading for my “Love Is In Da Blog” series on the old “The Bee Writes…” blog. That is why “downloads” ended up in the link name here which of course sounds a little like a spam page. Ooops. I am saving up to get another domain (well I try to….) but until then I have to put up with it.

Doesn’t look good on profiles though, does it? So I went back to my Weebly page where I try to bring together all the projects I am currently doing.

Image of The Bee Creates homepage

That’s the page that goes on my profiles from now on. What do you think?

As you can see I have a blog there which I stopped writing in March but have resurrected today with an added bonus: It’s not only about self-care but also about coding. I feel a little lonely in my endeavours and while coding forums are fun I love to blog, so I am sharing my experiences there. Unfortunately, you can’t sign up for post notifications for Weebly. That’s not userfriendly, is it? And the RSS had its problems. Not sure it works now. Hmmm, will have to check that out tomorrow.

It means though, making people aware what I wrote is a little bit more complicated. I’ll figure something I am sure. If you want to check out my teeny weeny post from today over there please have a look here.

It’s now just after 3pm and I need to cook. Won’t be much because who is hunger in this kind of weather? But we do love our tatters (potatoes for all non-Lord-of-the-Rings Fans ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) so potatoes it is and some herb yoghurt and salad. That sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

What about you? What occupied you today and do you have to deal with lots of heat too?

Image of harvested field, line of trees in back and cloudy sky

To cool you down a little here is a blast from the past from March 2015:

July 2019

I promised an autumn poem and must have forgotten. This is certainly another spring poem ๐Ÿ™‚

March 2015

image of three yellow daffodils with a wooden fence in background

blooming narcissus

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still wrapped up

in multiple layers

~

in the nearby forest

Just in case you would like to explore some other bloggers, please check out these wonderful authors:

Kaspar Beaumont Author of โ€œElvenjewelโ€ a YA fantasy series

Lauren Xena Campbell Author and Blogger

And for my German-speaking readers:

Bodo Manstein Author

That’s it. Have fun with whatever you are currently occupied with and remember:

Love & Rage my friends Love & Rage

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Good Morning Writers… To Blog or not to Blog and how much to Blog ~ That is the question!

This was first posted in July 2016

Good Morning Writers! How is your writing going? Have you started a blog or are you still just writing your novel?

I wrote the blog post which I put at the end of this post in September 2013. That was right at the beginning of my old blog ” The River is flowing…”. Funny to see that 2 1/2 years later I still am occupied with the same issues: How much can/do I want to write, how to blog effectively and how many blogs can I afford to write.

However, in the years in between, I seem to have let the idea of writing a novel go. Maybe blogging is my calling and maybe I can make a difference that way. It also feels that I have found my writing home with ย “A Spirit of Healing” and “Just Fooling Around With Bee”. However, when I wrote this post it was May and I was taking part in #frapalymoย (A German poetry project) and that always makes me long for my mother tongue. So this blog will see some bi-lingual posts in the future. Well, if you have a look into older posts you will find my bi-lingual posts from “Something Random Now and Then” which I have integrated in this blog in May :-). But now to what I’ve written in 2013:

Since Friday, I am occupied with figuring out how to organise the new blogging routine the best. For getting readers it works so well to have several blog posts a day but alas I only have 24 hours which are also filled with a day job, some sleep, housework and eating (I love to eat ๐Ÿ™‚ so you understand my dilemma lol).

My little knowledge of search engine optimisations also tells me to have the blog posts at the same time is a good thing and I still want to do “Something random now and then”. Plus I need to get some translations for “Please help Aurela” done. Indeed a full enough schedule for this week.

No wonder the inner artist child Morgaine gets a bit frustrated and has no will to write at all :-). I struggle as well to find a new routine to get everything in my day.



How do I get about it then?

For now, I have decided to do one blog post less in “Something random…” which was a hard decision but a necessary one. I like blog posts to be at the same time for some strange reason. So “The River is flowing….(The Bee Writes…)” posts will be at 10 am (morning pages), 6 pm (Story Time) and 2 am (Poem at night) while “Something random….” posts will be at 6 am (whatever comes to mind bi-lingual), 2 pm (photo of the day), and 10 pm (quote of the day).

Yesterday I ย made a list of ideas for this week to get it all going and then I hope it will kind of work by itself. So far it always has :-).

I agree with Julia Cameron that routines are deadly to any creativity because it sounds like being boring but I feel that creative habits which are a sort of routine are quite helpful to get the work done.

I have assigned our dining room table beside the window towards a magnificent old oak as my writing area. Sitting there somehow makes me write while when I am sitting on the sofa, I rather tend to go to Facebook and play. Which is a nice break now and then but if it gets too much it is not a good thing.
Also, a cup of tea and sometimes some music helps. For me writing in the early morning hours works the best. As my hubby is a baker he often has to work very early and I can get up with him and start my day creatively. Some minutes meditation to ground me energetically and some breakfast, later on, helps as well.

Insofar I have developed creative habits that help get on. But now it is time to take it more serious and take it that step further. Find my blockages, get over it and then write that novel :-).

I wonder what your creative habits are? Do you work at a certain time? Do you wear anything special or have a special place?

Julia Cameron encourages writing groups which work together democratically and support each other’s creative work. It would be nice if this blog could become a kind of international, online Artist’s Way group where we can help each other over the hurdles of creative life but also celebrate the successes we are bound to make.

July 2016

It didn’t happen that way. I didn’t create a writing community but throughout my blogging life I have found many friends all over the world who blog too and who have enriched my life enormously. Thanks!

A Straight Talk with Greta & Svante Thunberg

YouTube suggested this video to me for some time but I didn’t realise that Svante is Greta Thunberg’s father. I also didn’t realise how much her parents are with Greta in her quest and how much they changed their lifestyle to give their children a future.

I am also wondering if we as bloggers have a responsibility here to call things by their name and to start blogging for climate security. If mainstream media isn’t willing or able to talk about what is really important when it comes to the survival of our species and our civilisation shouldn’t we use our blogs to enable humanity to get educated and make the changes that need to be done?

What do you think?

video source: UPFSI via YouTube