I just received an email saying they are changing WordPress on 1st June and it seems

already I am in trouble, I was hoping to just type as I always do but no, as usual with these new ideas they always make it considerably more complicated as you can see from the spacing being all wrong

space, next line!

So as this is a practice, it seems I can have the spacing of the lines so close they are virtually on top of each other

or I can continue down here.

Who in Hell’s name designed this load of nonsense!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Scream, 1893 by Edvard Munch




About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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17 Responses to THE NEW WORDPRESS!!!!!!

  1. Ugh. I didn’t get that email, but I do know that every time WP changes anything, we all have problems with our posts. I can hardly wait to see what happens after June 1.

  2. adguru101 says:

    I agree 100%. LEAVE IT ALONE!!!

  3. Joni says:

    I tried the new block editor last January and didn’t like it – found it very cumbersome, and everything took twice as long. I spoke with a Happiness Engineer (WP tech person) recently who told me after the switch there will be an option to stay with either the Classic Editor or to switch and choose the classic block editor. I don’t know which is the better option, but know I won’t be posting much if it gets too be too much trouble. The average blogger does not need all those extra options, but I suppose they are catering to the business website crowd.

    • Yes, it looked to me far too complicated, all I need is to be able to type properly and to insert the odd photo into the text. The problem with these things is that usually when they change over the old system never works properly again which is why I thought I’d try to get used to it early. I don’t want to be a computer whizz kid, all I want to do is try to write moderately amusing posts. At least WordPress has someone to talk to when you have a question, Blogger is much worse as all they seem to have is FAQ section which never quite fits your question. Luckily during the Covid lockdown I have taken the opportunity to write a book, perhaps this is a more constructive way to spend my time in the future if blogging becomes too much like hard work!

      • Joni says:

        I thought that too – the old editor will be an option, but they won’t maintain it, while the new one will be full of bugs they’ll still be working on. Other bloggers have been struggling with lots of issues with the new one. Not sure what I’ll do next week…may take a break for the summer. I too have been working on a book and am half way through a first draft – a much more productive use of time, especially when my blogs are so wordy anyway. Once I’m in the flow of book writing, I don’t want to stop and work on my weekly blog. Good luck with your writing!

      • I think we’d better get our books finished quickly for at this rate there must be an awful lot of us out there who have taken the lock down time to write a book. Have you done one before and where are you publishing it, if you don’t mind me asking?

      • Joni says:

        That’s true….it will be a crowded market. This is my first book and first attempt. I don’t expect to get it published, not even sure how to go about that, but I just want to see if I can do it. I just retired a few years ago from a medical profession, so writing is not my field. It’s just something I always wanted to do. It’s a murder mystery, which is turning out to be a much harder format than I expected, trying to fit all the clues in and not give too much away. I did a plot outline in April, and have about half of a very rough first draft done so far, about 30,000 words, but only because the whole month of May was horrible weather-wise, first cold and snow, now so hot and humid it’s like mid-summer. I expect once the weather is nicer my dedication will wane somewhat….I expect to have a finished product by next spring – one year and then we’ll see if it’s any good. I have no expectations. I believe you have published before and have some writing credentials???? What is your book about, if you don’t mind me asking?

      • I love the forties so my story is set in 1947 just after the war and two chaps just demobbed start a detective agency, as you say fitting all the pieces is hard work. If you want their fathers to be in WW1 but to be too old for WW2, even worse is one of the “baddies” has to line up with his Great grandfather. I have self published on Amazon before but when there are apparently 80 Million books on Amazon it’s a very crowded market place! The expensive part is trying to advertise them when you’ve finished so I don’t usually do much advertising and when I did try it didn’t make much difference to sales. I have been told I need to take the children’s books into schools and read them to the pupils, something I was looking into before Covid19. I may try a little advertising with the new one when it’s finished as I think it has a good story line, it would make a good TV script too. I will publish it but I won’t hold my breath waiting to be top of the best sellers!! Good luck with yours, let me know if you want to publish perhaps I can give you some hints if you want to publish on Amazon.

      • Joni says:

        Wow….you have quite a collection of published work! I like the idea of the Animal Olympics. That’s a great idea to do readings at the schools too. We have an independent book store here which sponsors readings for local authors and they get some local press too. Your detective agency sounds interesting too. I love that WW2 era, it was a much more glamorous time and it has become very popular with novels lately. I’m assuming there may be some antique cars in it too! It could even become a series of books….or even a weekly tv show. Wishing you the best of luck. Thanks for your offer re the Amazon help….I may take you up on it when the time comes, but I’m way back here at the beginning, taking baby steps…

      • I like your idea of the series of books and the TV show, I had thought that myself, I think we must both be optimists!

      • Joni says:

        I live in Canada, but watch British TV….Downton Abbey, Poldark, Doc Marten….I find it much better than all that reality-based American TV garbage.

      • Have you watched Foyle’s War it was written by Anthony Horowitz and if you enjoy detective stories I think you will love this.

      • Joni says:

        Thank you! I’ll check it out. I really enjoyed the World on Fire mini-series but it had it’s season finale last week, and no word on when they can start filming again, so I’m up for something new.

  4. Geri Lawhon says:

    I like the new block editor now that I’ve had a chance to get to know it. Progress. Sometimes it makes me smile and sometimes it doesn’t.

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