I sure didn’t think I would have to get the (cute) seal of disapproval out again so fast, but it just seems like it is necessary. WordPress is on a crusade to fix something that definately isn’t broken… I know this post probably won’t change anything, but at least I’ll know that I tried my best.
For the past week, or so, people have started complaining that WordPress has switched them to the new block editor.
We had an announcement from WordPress earlier this year (I wrote about it in my post Blocking the Block). In May, we were told that the block editor would be put in place as the new ”standard” editor, but that people that wanted to keep using the classic editor would still have that choice.
And we did, until this week.
Just three months later, posts have started popping out, stating that many of us are slowing down their blogging habits, stopping for a while, until they get used to the new editor, or simply switching blogging plateforms or closing their blog for good.
And that makes me both sad and angry.
We’re talking about people that have been blogging for years… Prolific bloggers that just won’t put up with these changes that are being imposed. And unfortunately, I understand them, and I can’t blame them the least bit.
As I already mentionned, I am glad for those of you who like the block editor. I have no doubt that the switch must be quite easy for some people, and the new editor probably offers new features that will benefit them.
But some of us don’t have time, don’t have the skills, or simply don’t want to have to learn how to do things differently. If WordPress wants to make new bloggers use the block editor, fine. But why push away loyal customers that have been here for years??
Here is a list of post, from bloggers who strongly dislike the change, will blog less, or not blog anymore on WordPress, because of the block editor…
And I suspect that many other bloggers have expressed their disagreement. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to spend going through my Reader during the week, so I probably missed some of these posts.
If you, or some of the bloggers you follow have written about wanting WordPress to keep the classic editor as an option, please leave the link to your (their) post in the comments, please.
I’ll add each link to the list, and I hope it will get longer and longer.
I might be naive, but I still believe that together, we have a voice!
P.S. Feel free to share or reblog this post. The bigger the wave, the most chances we have that someone, somewhere, at the head of WordPress will give all of this a second thought.