Markdown removed, other administration.

Gutenberg not Markdown, sadly.

I have been using a version of Markdown over the last few months but I’m finding that one of the things that it should be doing: allowing me to structure and put out very long posts — is now broken. In the last week I have had to break posts in half, and on Sunday even what I thought was a fairly short post got mangled. So I have gone back to Gutenberg, which is the default editor for wordpress.

I like Markdown as an idea. The previous version of this website used Ghost, which used . But they have changed their editor as well, and for good reasons

My problem is that I have trained myself to write in Markdown, and it will take me a couple of days to adjust back.

Spotify does not play nicely, though.

I stream music when not at work all the time, mainly using spotify. And yes, there is a plugin for spotify. But it is deliberately broken. This has got me using youtube again: the ability to put in the full worship song outweighs the better sound quality I listen to most of the day.

With the Spotify Embed block, you can embed tracks, podcasts, playlists & albums into your posts and pages. You need a Spotify account to be able to listen to entire tracks. For users who are not logged in on their Spotify account, the Spotify Play button embed plays a 30-second long audio preview, and then the users are prompted to either login or to sign up


This is annoying, particularly as Spotify is something you have to pay for. I don’t know a workaround at present given the way Gutenberg is written.

Social Galactic.

I am now on Social Galactic, which is interesting: It is members only with tight rules, the signal/noise ratio is quite high, and there are threads on resources such as art which are useful.

Yes, from Gab.

I’m still using Gab for a fair number of illustrations, but the amount of junk you have to wade through is considerable. This is leading me to block people more freely. Parler looks like it is dying, and the main social media are to be avoided as much as possible. I do embed tweets from the woke when It is too hard to get a screenshot, but you don’t need an account to do that.

Other stuff.

  • I’m using vivaldi as a browser for most things, though Firefox is also installed on both machines. This is instead of Chrome/Chromium — some sites simply don’t work unless you have the chrome base installed.
  • Like Adam (whose site is down all today, so I cannot link) I’m finding that the meme/rant posts get a lot of traffic and the more constructive posts do not. One of the aims of moving back to Gutenberg is to allow for more structured and longer posts — and a slight decrease in the frequency of posting, particularly if we ever get out of lockdown.
  • Manjaro on the desktop is now rock solid and stable. This is now my default Linux distro.

Finally, some mind bleach.

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1 month ago

That’s always the thing, right? Rant. Pick a fight with someone with a vigorous commentariat.

But I don’t WANT to do those things to get traffic, because ew.

I guess I need to get back to more posting, with better SEO ju-jitsu. (I have Yoast, because I use it at work).