The Dummy Is Back In The Pram

(Translation for American readers. Dummy = Pacifier. Pram = Stroller. )

When a baby or small child has a temper tantrum here, we say “Oh he/she has thrown their dummy out of the pram”. That carries on into later life, whenever anyone has what some perceive to be an unreasonable outburst, or unexplained fit of annoyance.

As regular readers will know, the last few days have seen me rage at WordPress for forcing the Block Editor down my throat. This culminated in me leaving the world of blogging, with a sad farewell. Prompted by my unexpected departure, some members of our great community decided to send me the simplest of tips that my flu-confused and age-addled brain could actually cope with. I have already thanked them, in a previous post.

As a result, I am able to post this, and barring any sabotage by WordPress in the near future, I will soon be back to blogging in the old way, at least until the Classic option is no longer available after 2023.

So my dummy is back in my pram, and securely in my mouth.

For now.

62 thoughts on “The Dummy Is Back In The Pram

  1. One more tip, that I actually figured out on my own. I partially wrote a post with the classic editor, and saved it. When I went back to finish writing, it was back to the block editor!!! I panicked, then calmed down. When I went to my dashboard and clicked on ‘all posts’, the draft was listed there, BUT under the draft title were subheadings, one of which was ‘classic’. That was the only way I could get back to the post, continuing with the classic editor. Does this make sense? Bottom line, if you save a draft, you will be taken back to the block editor when you return to that post. Just look for the word ‘classic’ under the post’s title in ‘all posts’.

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  2. I get upset with computer stuff too, Pete–especially when my husband is standing over me telling me what to do and when to do it. He’s very computer savvy and very impatient. I’d rather figure it out myself, even if that means I never will. Consequently there’s a lot of stuff with the block editor that I haven’t figured out yet.
    Glad things have settled down–for now. Ha!

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  3. Good to hear you’re back in business, Pete, and feeling better.
    The title of your post reminds me of some of the linguistic differences on either side of the pond. In the US and Canada, I think what you call a “dummy” is a “pacifier.” And a pram is a stroller over here. (“Dummy” over here means either a stupid person or a mannequin.) I find these word differences fascinating!

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    1. I did provide a translation for North Americans before the text, Audrey. πŸ™‚
      A dummy is also a mannequin and a silly person here. But a baby’s dummy is something different.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Welcome back! And do get a test, both of you.
    We had our first Covid-19 tests done last Friday. We had signed up to a National Test from Oxford University (came per post) and will now have five test done each. And we are even paid for it; Β£50 for the first test and Β£25 for each of the next ones… x

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    1. Our neighbours are being paid for testing too. I don’t actually agree with that, when some people cannot get tested when they need it. But hey-ho, if Oxford wants to spend its money that way…
      Julie had a negative test recently, but still has flu symptoms.
      Best wishes, Pete. x


  5. Good! Don’t let it get you down Pete. I’m not a fan of block editor either, but getting used to it. What annoys me the most about it is the way it slows down writing- it’s not possible to just write a long post now as the paragraphs are in blocks and one has to format each one which slows down typing.

    I tend to write up my posts on my Chromebook first now then cut and paste them in and then format the text afterwards.

    if you want to keep blogging and WP is no longer suitable for you then you could sign up free to either Weebly or Wix as they have free websites with a blog option.

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      1. Dear Dina,
        First of all: thanks for the tip.
        I have not yet read that complete tutorial, but quite at the beginning it tells you that you need to install a plug-in. To the best of my knowledge, plug-ins can only be installed when you have the business plan, and that rules it out for most of the “everyday bloggers”. As I said, I have not yet read everything and I have not yet tested it. So, take my answer here with a grain of salt. In the next few days I’ll test quite a few more things and then very likely write about it in another post on my blog in addition to the two I have there already.
        Talking of my posts: as I wrote in the first one, installing plug-ins can present their very own problems. When I did this, my blog was moved to a subdomain, and that caused its very own problems in the general handling of the blog. And that step can NOT be reversed with losing all the contents.
        I can only warn here: be extremely careful before – even with a business plan – install a plug-in. Read the information thoroughly so you know what you’re doing and what you’ll be getting.
        That being said, good luck to all WP-users,

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        1. Thank you very much, Pit. This is very helpful indeed. So far we have not installed any plug-ins. We have watched a few tutuorials from early 2020 and a few times it was mentioned “get the plug-in” (like for the classic editor), but actually there’s no need to install a plug-in, it’s all there in the drop-down menu for the block.
          Thanks again, Dina x

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          1. You’re welcome, Dina. Actually, there was no need at all for me to install that “Disable Gutenberg” plug-in. It was at a tie when I was not yet certain about the new editor, and I thought that, by installing that plug-in, I would be able to switch back and forth, by just enabling or disabling that plug-in. I did get the warning that installing that plug-in would switch me to a subdomain, but it did not include that after that the general handling of my blog would be changed, nor did it – to th best of my knowledge – inform me that this switch would be irreversible, Well, now I’m stuck in that subdomain, 😦

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  6. Haha, well I already said it yesterday, but some things just can’t be said enough, I’m so happy to hear that you are back in action! Hope you are feeling better too, take things slow, and enjoy the rest of your weekendπŸ˜€

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