Hi folks! This is going to be a general life update style post. I’m using the new WordPress.com Gutenberg editor, which I actually think seems pretty good on first impressions. Have you used it yet? What are your thoughts?
I’m familiar with using ‘blocks’ to create posts from other platforms (e.g. MailChimp, Medium) so it’s not a big learning curve for me. My feeling is that when people start to adjust to the new editor they will appreciate that it’s a big improvement. I do think it depends what style of blogging you do, though. The new editor is good for posting a variety of content (e.g. videos and images, as well as text), but those who prefer to simply write text might find Gutenberg is a bit ‘overkill’.
Oh, and if you haven’t already, please complain to WordPress about the advertisements that now appear in new post emails. They are awful and I feel they devalue our content and the WordPress platform in general. It doesn’t affect me as much as some bloggers as I pay for WordPress Premium so there are no adverts in my emails. But for the bloggers using the free plan – these ads are something you shouldn’t have to put up with! Make your voice heard!
Enough about WordPress. I just got back from the hospital. For those who don’t know, I have a mental health condition and currently take medication in the form of an injection once a month. It doesn’t affect my quality of life too much at the moment, although there are some niggly annoying side effects. And I worry about the long-term health risks of pumping these meds into my body. But they seem to contribute to my stability (God only knows why) so I have made the decision to stay on the injection for now. My last admission to hospital was five years ago, so high fives for that!
I’m sorry to say there will be no Friday Philosophy post this week. I wrote a post last night looking at the life and thought of Niccolo Machiavelli, but I found it impossible to write about him without getting into politics, and I really don’t want to get into politics on Perfect Chaos. I’m in a different game! So I trashed the post. I’ll resume my philosophy posts next Friday with Thomas Hobbes, who has been described as the first modern materialist (we’ll explore what that means in the post – make sure you’re subscribed to my blog if that interests you!).
Christmas is nearly here. I’m not focusing on it very much this year as I’m so busy with my book project. I’m sure I’ll fit in a trip to Oxfordshire to visit family over the holiday period, but it may only be for a day or two. Project managing the various aspects of releasing a book takes a lot of time and effort. I’m tentatively considering a February 2019 release date for the book, but if that has to be pushed back in the name of perfectionism… well, I’m keeping an open mind. I’m very excited about this book, and this is the first time I’m going solo with a book project rather than working with a self-publishing company. There’s so much to juggle – thank God for Google Keep!
On the subject of my book project, thank you so much to everyone who has recently subscribed to my YouTube channel! On Sunday I posted this video (both over on YouTube and here on Perfect Chaos) asking for help with reaching 100 subscribers, and I’m delighted to say many of you kindly obliged and I’m well past that target now, which is just awesome. Please do subscribe if you’d like to watch the philosophy and theology videos I’m planning to make in 2019; there will be lots of juicy content. And thank you especially to Thinking Moon who gave my channel a shout on her blog (check out the tagline on her blog, I absolutely love it).
I’m going to get another glass of water now, as I’m trying to dilute the effects of the medication. I’m not sure whether it makes any difference whatsover, but at least I’m doing something, and drinking lots of water is generally regarded as a good thing! In any case, thank you for reading this update and let me know in the comments how you’re doing. Bye for now! 🙏🏻 Steven x