Test post

Every time I write about what’s missing in blogging software, as I did a few days ago, someone tells me about Gutenberg, and how that’s the solution to the problem I’ve identified.

I’ve never used Gutenberg, so I want to keep an open mind, even though I’m pretty sure that Gutenberg, even if it’s great, is not the answer to the problem I keep seeing with WordPress, have been seeing since its inception. The problem is flow. Let me explain.

I have an idea for a post. How many steps is it before I’m writing what I’m thinking. The more steps, and the less memorable they are, the more likely it is that I will either forget the idea before I start writing, or decide not to detour because it takes too much time to record it.
This is the problem I was working on in blogging software since I started in 1994. I solved the problem for myself in 1997, and ever since I’ve been working on solving it for everyone else. Had WordPress designers simply looked at Radio UserLand, shipped in 2002, and copied its menu structure, they would have had a much better flowing blog platform.

But since then Facebook and Twitter have bettered Radio in flow. So there’s a new benchmark. WordPress appears oblivious. So no I don’t think Gutenberg, which is a new text editor for WordPress, is the answer. It is the answer to other problems, how to mix text and other elements in a blog post. Certainly a good thing to do. But WordPress imho remains the klunky monolith that it always has been.

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