Wordpress.com + Gutenberg and some changes

Now that Gutenberg is available on WordPress.com (I’m not sure if there was any announcement anywhere, or if it’s a still semi-offcial beta thingy) I quickly made some adjustments to the CSS of my theme to make it more or less compliant, despite the fact I’m still torn whether or not to move this blog, again.

I had the idea of using a combination of Micro.blog for short posts and Blot.im for longer ones. Which, despite the advantages of either platform, seems to make things rather more convoluted. Also doesn’t save me any money either.

I have moved this blog way too many times (this year already twice, don’t ask) and despite continuously trying to find a better solution, always came back to WordPress.com. Yes, there are some limitations (I sure would like to use my own fonts for example, or install my own plugins), but overall it’s very trouble-less, fast and reliable.

Anyway, now that Gutenberg is here, I’m looking forward to see which themes they are going to add, which support Gutenberg fully.

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Bought new keyboard case because the old one didn’t agree with the coffee which spilled upon. Related pro tip: don’t dry the keys with hair-dryer: keys melt faster than expected.

Updating an old iPhone 5s that I had in the book-shelve for years to iOS12. Currently it is running iOS 9.3.3 Even though I need to connect the phone to a computer, it is amazing that this is at all possible. Wondering how it will work afterwards.

OMG, OMG!  iA Writer Settings -> Editor -> Hardware Keyboard -> Hide Keyboard Bars 👍🏻 Was this always in there on iOS? Either way, awesome that it is.

’Tagging opened a treasure trove of notes’

Oliver Reichenstein in Write To Organize:

But honestly, x-callback-url support is something I would have never dreamed of being excited about. But, damn it, I am. I am not going to make a long story about how that happened. Just this much: Spend a few minutes on how Shortcuts works, and in a breath, you can send clippings and entire articles to iA Writer, with title, copied text, and tags.

I have made it no secret that iA Writer is my favourite way to write, i.e think, ever since it was released on the iPad way back then. I do have some obsession with that app, and even though every now and then I get tempted and use something else, I find myself either replicating it’s design and features, or simply missing it and eventually switch back one the wiser.

For a long time I wanted to built a system for notes, quotes, texts, journals (I am currently building a somewhat convoluted workflow for this), drafts and what not, in plain-text and got often rather close but it never was quite-there-yet (my Evernote-replacement-setup, with Atom.io comes to mind, worked, but what a mess) but I have the feeling, that with tags and the inclusion of x-URL-callback into iA Writer I can make it work.

One of my biggest issues always had been, getting the workflow-part of this to work, thankfully the folks at iA have provided two shortcuts in the article, which do exactly what I was looking for.

So, but I will tag some files now.

Totally unrelated: I have switched from Inoreader to Feedbin. Have done this plenty before, but now have the feeling I might acutally stick with it. After simply removing all the feeds that mostly cluttered my reading list, instead of relying on filters to weed out the croft, I enjoy the much calmer and nicer interface to read. Makes my morning routine (and every other one that follows through the day) much nicer.

“I’m not going be one of those people shaking his cane talking about how things were Better Back Then”

John Scalzi’s blog turned 20 years and he has a series of posts out currently reflecting on his time blogging. He writes in 1998/2018: Whatever 20/20, Day Thirteen: Whatever:

But even when the words “blog,” “blogger” and “blogosphere” become even more dad rock than they already are, I suspect I’ll still be writing here, because, as noted above, I like it and it makes me happy. It makes me happy because writing makes me happy. It makes me happy because writing helps me understand myself and what I’m thinking. It makes me happy because at the end of the day, these are my words and I get to own them, and people get to see them.

This blog is now 10 years old (and yes, missed the anniversary, but it’s complicated) and there is a lot that I can relate to in this post, such as the above. Naturally this blog is minuscule compared to his, but that’s of course not the point. I do this, because it’s a hobby and fun and through it I have met a bunch of interesting people and learned a bunch of things.

Congrats to John Scalzi, who is one of my favourite authors, and his 20 years blogging, and let’s see if this blog is still around in 10 years. I sure hope so, but in which form is of course another question.