Looking Blocked

I looked over the new block editor and decided that it was a little too complicated for me. That was a couple of months ago. At that time there was a little banner at the top of my dashboard with a link that said “Switch to the new block editor” with a second link for “Learn more.” Then last week there was an announcement that indicated that everyone, ready or not, would be automatically required to use the block editor. It was pretty heavy handed the way they told all of the WordPress users. But the reality is that you can switch back with little more than a click on a menu to the Classic editor! I was all in a tizzy over the prospect of having to figure out the new system so I watched a tutorial. Then I watched another one. Then I went to several blogs that I know are using the block editor.

I do not claim to be a techno genius. I’m just slightly more saavy than most 60 somethings but I’ve been around for awhile and I’ve seen some things. So here’s my take on the new, seemingly required block editor.
1. The block editor appears to be geared to those blogs that are being or attempting to be monitized.
2. The blocks are basically designed for business applications.
3. The use of the blocks makes it easier and quicker to place advertisements within a blog since each paragraph is its own block.
4. Advertisements are only placed on blogs that have sufficient traffic and meet the requirements of a specific minimum length.

I believe that the minimum number of words to receive an advertizement insert is ~250 words. I also think that the insertion is most likely between paragraphs. Please let me know if I’m correct by commenting. I was at 250 words at the end of the second paragraph…

60 thoughts on “Looking Blocked

  1. I see no ads. I wish they left things alone. Last night to publish I had to go into my drafts and click publish after I was done because the menu at the top is gone.

    Also I always used the app to do my post before the block editor. If I post on the app it does not show up in the newsfeed for 2 or 3 days. So nobody sees it.

    I have contacted help numerous times and they never resolved anything but they said they did.

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    1. My phone never let me comment or post. I tried many times only yo have people tell me that my comments never appeared. I finally gave up. Then got a new phone with a different carrier – same problem so it wasn’t me – it is WP.

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  2. Guess I’m lucky I didn’t try to do a word press blog. I think I might have one some where but since I can’t post in it I’ve nothing to worry about.

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    1. I think it will be fine for most people but the whole set up is different – unless you opt out. there should be a menu at the top that lets you go back to the Classis Editor…

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    1. Ha! I considered it but I wanted to stay under the limit to see if there would be ads. I went back and on some of my poem posts they have ads. I also noticed that on longer posts they put the ads at the beginning, middle and end… so not fair!

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  3. Ah, you conjure up memories of the good old Zanga days. It was user friendly and somehow (I don’t remember how) it made it easy to find like-minded blogs to follow. This does seem to be a more commercially oriented site.

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    1. Very true. Xanga was special in so many ways! I loved the little tokens you could give to people and also the recommended tag that you could have – not just “like”. By recommending a post your friends could see it too thus expanding your group of friends. Those were the days….

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  4. I think we have to sign up for that, no? then the ads will arrive, me thinks. I am not going to change to anything that is new. Enough of the headache already.

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    1. No. They are going to implement it automatically and you will have to opt out. Originally it was supposed to happen on June 1st but it was delayed. I think it has arrived in some parts of the world and is coming to a blog near you very soon…

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  5. I see no ads here on the Reader or on your site. I think WP prompted me to upgrade, too. When I saw I could switch it back to the “classic” version, I did. Why deal with a learning curve if you don’t have to? Maybe it’s more important for monetized blogs but mine isn’t, so there’s no pressure to switch. For the record, my computer is still running on Windows 7 because I refuse to download 10–too many headaches and once you’ve done it, there’s no going back.

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    1. Joan you are a woman after my own heart. I was running Windows 7 and had refused to change to 10 (mostly because my computer was so old that it couldn’t handle 10). When the computer finally died I had no choice. So 10 it is. Not as bad as I had first thought but definitely not as user friendly as the old system! I tried the new block editor and switched back in an instant. It is good to know that I don’t have any ads but that is a double edged sword. It means I don’t have enough traffic/followers or long enough posts to make it worth their while to put ads on my posts…

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      1. Not to worry, you’ve got a close-knit tribe here that loves to know what you’re thinking about. For me, that’s enough. I don’t know how many followers it takes to make a blog “worthwhile” to WordPress. I just hope they make enough on ads on the worthwhile sites to keep it free for people like me. LOL.

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  6. maybe wordy posts deserve more ads! lol

    2 years ago I started paying $90/year to WP to have ads removed. We never see them here in the reader but I was visiting a friend who wanted to see my blog and when I opened it on her computer … wow there were big flashing ads everywhere. I had good traffic and WP was cashing in. My posts were almost hidden …

    If one is trying to monetise their own blog then it maybe the way to go. I’m still using classic but will try block as time allows. But prefer to stay ad free!

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    1. That’s the thing isn’t it? To not see the ads but it only works if I don’t have them being shown to others! I resolutely refuse to pay to block ads. The idea that if I can’t see them means they aren’t there is a fallacy. I never see ads on my reader or my posts but once I go to incognito and access my posts – well, some of my posts have ads and others don’t. I figured it was the length of the post. But I went back and noticed that a post I looked at before that was ad free now has ads since there are 54 comments on it! They are trying to get you coming and going!!

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      1. well as it is a free service so they have to make money out of it somehow, so I don’t disagree with that. But I certainly didn’t approve of some of the ads they had on my posts.

        So guess it’s a choice of monetising my blog where I control the ad content or pay to have them all removed …

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          1. each to their own, guess they assume the parents are supervising … ads don’t take much to offend me eg meat, other social media, etc so many things are just a waste of space in terms of my values 🙂

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            1. The ads for singles/dating services are every where! I’d be very surprised that more than 1% of parents are actively monitoring their kids’ online presence. If they were then the cyber bullying would dramatically decrease…

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                1. *Sigh* bullying in all forms is reprehensible. Sadly humans are much more willing to inflict pain when the target cannot see their tormentor. And the internet makes those conditions easily attained.

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    1. Good to see your name in the comments! I was hoping you were still around. There have been so many who have decided to leave… It isn’t so bad and if you know their game it is easy to beat them at it!!

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  7. It seems to me that Word Press is gearing to be more about blogs that are in business to make money, period. So many of the emails and messages I get from them are about that. I pay the $99 a year to keep my blog ad-free. Does the new block editor mean I’ll have ads anyway? If so, I think I might be done blogging….

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    1. I do believe you won’t see any ads if you have paid. But for all the free blogs I fear we may be seeing more since it will become much easier to insert them with te block editor. My computer programmer husband says it is an easy program to write and would be automatic!

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  8. Actually, I almost started WW III in my home because I thought a blogger was ignoring me and showering my husband with attention. It turned out my comments were in spam. Having a husband good with computers must help. Mike is good with computers, also.

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    1. The capricious spam filter! I subscribe to several scientific publications and I’ve marked them as NOT SPAM many times but they still find their way into the spam folder. For that reason I have it set to only empty messages older than 60 days – just in case! I’m glad your husband was able to diffuse the impending war…

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  9. A very timely, informative piece on the perils of WordPress. I’ve never actually used the ‘Block Editor’, preferring to just pay their yearly fee ($30 if memory serves) and have no ads (if this is what you described in your exceptionally penned article). Either way, it isn’t something that I care to have as a proverbial ‘Billboard’ distracting me, or my readers. Rather takes away from the whole point of writing. Blessings.

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    1. Thank-you Lance. I hoped the post would allay the rising anxiety levels. So many were on the verge of quitting WP or blogging that I felt impelled to respond with a little information and calmness.

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      1. You’re sincerely welcome, Val. It certainly did. WP powers 34% of the internet (supposedly). They need to beef up their security to ward off the miscreant hackers. I don’t think anyone on WordPress wants their work stolen, or blog misappropriated. With the nonstop glitches encountered on the App, it’s no wonder would be thief’s are encroaching on our doorsteps. Blessings.

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        1. Yes the hackers never seem to sleep. It makes the necessity of net security a priority. My virus protection runs out in September but already I’m getting messages to update NOW! I’m planning to but I’m not sure I’ll go with the current company. It keeps insisting that my word processing program is “malicious software” but I’m guessing that’s because it isn’t a microsoft product!

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          1. I suppose it would all come down to the adage, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Having virus protection, running malware, not opening up suspicious messages can be deterrents, but it’s up to the site owner to do most of the prevention! I wish you much luck.

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  10. Trying to keep up with technology is like trying to bail out the Titanic. I do my best, but it seems I am just a member of the band. Whenever a change is recommended in a computer platform, I immediately think it is a sinister plot to gather more information.

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    1. Hmm. That kind of thinking is likely your default. Not that you are wrong as it is probably why you did well in your career field. We are already being spied on by our devices. One reason I have a docking station for the laptop – I want to type in my pjs without have to worry that the little blinking light is my camera activating and taking photos or video!

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      1. We used spy shit that the public has no clue about, so I am a little cautious anyway. This is bad news for a guy with no filters. I do use Duck Duck Go as my browser. Every little bit helps.

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        1. As suspected, now confirmed. As I’ve heard my BIL say when asked how things were going, “Marginally.” When we asked he elaborated, “Marginally better than death.” So there you have it. It is not just the enemy without butthe enemy within… It has always been opined that democracy’s death will come wrapped in a flag and carrying a Bible.

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  11. Honestly, I’ve dreaded this for quite some time. I still have the old editor and I’m a firm believer in the old saying that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

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    1. Yes. Innovation for innovation’s sake is what leads to things like paper clothes and special kitchen gadgets that take more time to set up and clean than if you just boiled water…

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    1. I think you just might be able to. Unless, of course, they pull the proverbial rug from beneath our feet. I’m hoping that there has been enough push back that they’ve reconsidered the mandated change. I’m hopeful since it hasn’t happened yet and June 1st was the original switch date…

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    1. I suppose if that were the case but I found it difficult and akward. The only way to put poetry in is to cut and paste since every “hard return” for the next line created a new paragraph!

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