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.

Old Editor: Grateful For The Help And Tips

After posting about my farewells from WordPress, I received two very easy tips that so far allow me to access the old editor.

Here they are, in case they help anyone else.

1) Enter this in your browser, substituting the name the name of your blog.
https://beetleypete.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php?classic-editor

It will take you to the old-style editor where you can create a post.
Then bookmark that page for future use.

2) This was sent to me by Michel.
(Click on the photos for large print)
Go to the wordpress admin page and select all posts:

Once there, go the top of your screen and press the arrow next to add new and you will see that you get the option to access the classic editor:

Once you have selected the classic editor, it’s business as usual.

I hope these help somone else. If they carry on working for me, I will be back to blogging soon!

WordPress Glitches

Every user of this platform will be aware of WordPress’s famous glitches. They usually happen when WP is making behind the scenes changes, and can be very annoying. Some of them stick around afterwards, and remain a constant irritation.

Unable to like a post or comment.

This is a common problem. Many times during a week, I am unable to ‘Like’ a comment left on one of my posts. Some followers mention in the comments that they have been unable to leave a like on one of my posts too. A simple fix that works for me is to just refresh the page on the screen, using Ctrl+R. So far, this has worked every time, though I am not sure how you would do this on a phone or tab. Maybe pull down the screen from the top to reload the page?

Disapearing comments.

Quite often, I will leave a fairly lengthy comment on a blog post, only to watch it disappear when I click on ‘Post Comment’. Sometimes, I will go as far as to contact the blogger concerned, to let them know I tried to comment. Occasionally, they will find my comment in their Spam folder, for reasons unknown to both of us. But one quick fix is to leave an additional comment on the post. Just one letter or number will do, and I tend to use a simple full stop. When you send that second comment, the first one almost always appears above it. This works for me at least 90% of the time.

WordPress slowdowns.

Some days when WP is ‘fiddling in the background’, the blog slows down noticeably. I will reply to a comment, and then watch as it takes what feels like a very long time for that reply to appear on my blog. Or if I am working on a draft, it takes twice as long to save it. When this happens, I just close down the page , and then click back on the shortcut to open WordPress again. This usually solves the slowdown immediately.

Just a few tips that might help some of you, based on my 8 years of constant frustration with being a WordPress blogger.

Covid-19: Some Useful Information.

I am reposting this from Ed Westen’s blog. https://deartedandjody.wordpress.com/
Solid advice and information about what the virus actually is, and what you can do to try to fight it.

Johns Hopkins University has sent this detailed note on avoiding the contagion:

* The virus is not a living organism, but a protein molecule (DNA) covered by a protective layer of lipid (fat), which, when absorbed by the cells of the ocular, nasal or buccal mucosa, changes their genetic code. (mutation) and convert them into aggressor and multiplier cells.
* Since the virus is not a living organism but a protein molecule, it is not killed, but decays on its own. The disintegration time depends on the temperature, humidity and type of material where it lies.
* The virus is very fragile; the only thing that protects it is a thin outer layer of fat. That is why any soap or detergent is the best remedy, because the foam CUTS the FAT (that is why you have to rub so much: for 20 seconds or more, to make a lot of foam). By dissolving the fat layer, the protein molecule disperses and breaks down on its own.
* HEAT melts fat; this is why it is so good to use water above 25 degrees Celsius for washing hands, clothes and everything. In addition, hot water makes more foam and that makes it even more useful.
* Alcohol or any mixture with alcohol over 65% DISSOLVES ANY FAT, especially the external lipid layer of the virus.
* Any mix with 1 part bleach and 5 parts water directly dissolves the protein, breaks it down from the inside.
* Oxygenated water helps long after soap, alcohol and chlorine, because peroxide dissolves the virus protein, but you have to use it pure and it hurts your skin.
* NO BACTERICIDE SERVES. The virus is not a living organism like bacteria; they cannot kill what is not alive with anthobiotics, but quickly disintegrate its structure with everything said.
* NEVER shake used or unused clothing, sheets or cloth. While it is glued to a porous surface, it is very inert and disintegrates only between 3 hours (fabric and porous), 4 hours (copper, because it is naturally antiseptic; and wood, because it removes all the moisture and does not let it peel off and disintegrates). ), 24 hours (cardboard), 42 hours (metal) and 72 hours (plastic). But if you shake it or use a feather duster, the virus molecules float in the air for up to 3 hours, and can lodge in your nose.
* The virus molecules remain very stable in external cold, or artificial as air conditioners in houses and cars. They also need moisture to stay stable, and especially darkness. Therefore, dehumidified, dry, warm and bright environments will degrade it faster.
* UV LIGHT on any object that may contain it breaks down the virus protein. For example, to disinfect and reuse a mask is perfect. Be careful, it also breaks down collagen (which is protein) in the skin, eventually causing wrinkles and skin cancer.
* The virus CANNOT go through healthy skin.
* Vinegar is NOT useful because it does not break down the protective layer of fat.
* NO SPIRITS, NOR VODKA, serve. The strongest vodka is 40% alcohol, and you need 65%.
* LISTERINE IF IT SERVES! It is 65% alcohol.
* The more confined the space, the more concentration of the virus there can be. The more open or naturally ventilated, the less.
* This is super said, but you have to wash your hands before and after touching mucosa, food, locks, knobs, switches, remote control, cell phone, watches, computers, desks, TV, etc. And when using the bathroom.
* You have to HUMIDIFY HANDS DRY from so much washing them, because the molecules can hide in the micro cracks. The thicker the moisturizer, the better.
* Also keep your NAILS SHORT so that the virus does not hide there.

Featured Blogger: Rachel Smith

I am happy to feature American blogger and writer, Rachel Smith.

This is her own bio.

Hello! My name is Rachel Smith. I’m an author, editor, and wordsmith-literally! I’ve written a full-length novel, I’m currently writing and editing a novel, and I’ve published and written many short stories, plays, and poems. I’m also a wife, an adventurer, and a follower of Christ. I hail from Michigan and hold a degree from the University of Michigan (Go blue!). I started this blog to create a place to share my years of experience, my ideas, and my own stories. I also hope this will be a place for discussion, questions, and learning for my readers.

If you’re a writer/blogger and are interested in collaborating, please let me know. I am often open to writing guest posts and having guest writers on my site as well.

If you want to read some interesting stories, be inspired with a writing prompt, or learn tricks of the trade, you’ve come to the right place. Head on over to my writing page. I love feedback, so feel free to reach out to me on my contact page or leave a comment on any post. If there’s something you want to see here, please let me know!

If you’re looking for editing services, you can find that here as well. I specialize in creative works but am available for many different types. Check out my editing page for more information.

Have a wonderful day and God bless!

As you can see, she is happy to collaborate with guest posts, as well as offering useful services to writers.

Here are some links to posts that you may all be interested in.

5 Tips for Writing About Covid-19
5 Tips for Making and Maintaining a Writing Schedule

This is one of her story prompts. It may inspire you to write about the photo and the suggested theme.
Story Prompt #17

Please visit Rachel’s blog, and let her know she is part of this great community.

Ten things Londoners never do

Wonderful advice from a London Black Cab (official taxi) driver. If you are going to that city, read this first!

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As we start the season of ‘budget tourism’ here are some hints of how not to look like you’re a visitor to London. Well, apart from that old chestnut of what side to stand when travelling on an escalator.

Converse with a cabbie

If you decide to take a ride in a black cab, don’t ask the driver’s opinion of that precocious Swede Greta Thunberg. At £55,000 the electric cab is near twice the price its predecessor was a few years ago. In an attempt to make London the world’s greenest city, perfectly serviceable cabs are being ‘retired’ and replaced by luxury electric limousines.

Join the queue

That popular tourist hot-spot, the waxwork emporium on the Marylebone Road where thousands queue outside waiting for a chance to take a selfie with Michael Jackson or David Beckham, not with Rolf Harris who curiously is now absent. Those possessed with forward-planning have…

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10 Ideas to Keep Your Author Blog Fresh

Are you blogging about your own books, or your passion for writing? If so, check out these great free tips on Nick’s blog!

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This is a guest post by Ronita Mohan. Ronita is a content marketer at Venngage, the online infographic and design platform. She is an avid reader with an interest in mystery fiction, history, graphic novels, marketing, and diversity. Twitter: @Venngage

10 Ideas to Keep Your Author Blog Fresh

Writing a list | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookImage: Unsplash

Authors are idea-machines—or at least, they want to be. If they aren’t thinking of ideas for new books, they’re brainstorming ideas for their author blog. 

A key aspect of modern life for authors is how much self-promotion they need to do. It is no longer enough to post the odd tweet when you publish a book—authors are now expected to be online all the time, actively participating in the community and giving their fans new content.

But while fans on social media thrive on personal updates on your book-writing journey, authors need to capitalize on content marketing methods by…

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How to Develop Your Brand as a Book Author

Nicholas and Stewart bring you valuable advice about how to get your book noticed! Aspiring authors, and those already published, may find this extremely useful.

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Stewart Dunlop | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookThis is a guest post by Stewart Dunlop. Stewart is a full-time content marketer at Foundr and part-time reader, gamer & footballer. You can follow or tweet him @stewydunlop.

How to Develop Your Brand as a Book Author

Build an author brand | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's bookImage by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay

From a literary point of view, we live in blessed times! Thanks to the development of modern communication devices and platforms, almost anyone can put their thoughts on paper (or the word editor of their choice) and release them to the world.

We now have access to printed books, e-books, audiobooks, and more. This allows the information to flow unhindered and creates a wonderful environment for those who love to read and learn.

But this level of progress has also led to a change in your role as the author. Back in the day, your job would’ve been over once you applied the last of the…

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New Year, New Bloggers

January seems to be the time when many people decide to finally start a blog. I have had a dozen or more new followers in the past week, most of them brand new bloggers with little or no content on their blogs. Perhaps the start of a new year gives them the push they needed to be brave enough to put their thoughts out there, for all to see.

Included in that small group are a couple of ‘travel blogs’, and of course a few who are really just trying to sell their ‘Editing Services’, or their own craft work. That’s fine too, as the modern world requires that you have to get online to sell your stuff, as well as to write your thoughts down, or show everyone your photos of a trip to somewhere nice.

That said, I am once again going to offer some familiar words of advice to these new bloggers. For everyone else who has seen this before from me, please turn away now.

2019, and you have decided to start your blog. It’s exciting, I know that. People all around the world will see your stuff. They might add a ‘Like’, and if they comment and engage, that’s the icing on the cake. But if you are going to get any real value from blogging, then please try to follow a few basic rules of blogging etiquette.

1) Do not just add a link to your blog as a comment on someone else’s post.
They are unlikely to follow that link, and WordPress will eventually regard you as a spammer.

2) Do not comment by just typing “Please follow my blog”.
Most bloggers already follow far more blogs than they can cope with, and are unlikely to succumb to such tactics.

3) Have a proper ‘About’ page, and allow comments on it.
Tell the blogging community about yourself, why you are blogging, and what you hope to get from it. I cannot stress how important it is for other bloggers to get some idea about what you are like.

4) Do not just fill your blog with ‘amusing gifs’, or links to another blogger’s posts that you liked.
That’s not blogging, believe me it isn’t.

5) If someone doesn’t agree with an opinion you have expressed, don’t turn nasty.
This is not Facebook, and it is best to be the ‘bigger person’, and ignore any jibes. Just delete the comment, if it is that bad.

6) Thank people who follow your blog, even if you don’t want to return the favour.
That’s just good manners, in any society.

7) Spellcheck and edit your posts for grammar and punctuation.
Unless you are blogging in a foreign language, annoyingly bad English is unlikely to attract anyone.

8) Be polite.
It costs nothing, and if you don’t like a photo, or what someone has written, then just don’t comment on it. Easy as that.

9) Engage.
If someone writes an interesting comment, then reply to them. They took their valuable time to read your stuff, think about it, and then add their own thoughts and opinon. Just ‘Liking’ that comment is all very well, but if you refuse to engage with your readers and followers, they will soon disappear.

10) Have some content on your own blog.
Before you start following a blog, or asking others to follow your own, have some content on it. There’s nothing more frustrating than to check out the blog of someone who has no content other than a generic WordPress introduction. We won’t come back later, I assure you. So put something up first.

Ten tips for new bloggers. They are intended to be helpful, I promise you. If you learn as you go, then blogging can be simply wonderful. You will meet amazing people from all over the world, and perhaps even make genuine friends in the process. I know I have.

Happy blogging to you all.