This year, I’m resolving to update my blog from the WordPress mobile app. My phone is always nearby, which allows me to blog from wherever I am, and there’s something about the smaller screen that seems to take the pressure off for me. I can whip up a post draft on the spot or publish a photo immediately.” — Sarah Blackstock

This explains the low quality of so many posts I try to read … and give up on before I finish the first paragraph. It’s the complete absence of thought and a sense that this is merely a text made public — a sure-fire way to not have well-thought-out stories or ideas. Or high quality photographs. Or high quality anything. It guarantees that people lured in by promises they can do it all on their mobile phone will be in and gone in less than a quarter of a year. A few weeks, a long silence, and then the posts linger forever in virtual space and no one goes there anymore.

I have long known this is what WordPress has been pushing. I guess they have not noticed the kids who start out on their phones come, send a few messages and when they don’t get followers, they quit. Those of us who write seriously and pursue photography as something other than snapshots … are ignored by their “happiness engineers” because we don’t need to be happy.

Too bad. With nearly 6,000 posts “in the can” and I don’t even know how many photographs, I am reminded how WordPress doesn’t care about me. They are expending all their efforts to lure aboard people who are not serious and will never be worth reading. They made a decision long ago to ignore “these boring people” who’ve been blogging for years, have substantial followings, and care about what they say and to whom they say it.

Every once in a while, I wonder how come someone in their administration or planning departments might at least consider the possibility that they are missing the point, but I have noticed that WordPress — like every big corporation — will stick to foolish decisions, even when they fail. Bad decisions inevitably get pushed ever harder because no corporate manager will admit to being wrong. Even when the ship is sinking.

I’m not suggesting that me and those like me should be the only focus of the organization … but ought we not be included? Respected? Not treated like the least important part of the WordPress group?

Ought not the editing and photography functions be useful to people who write in complete sentences? A text editor with a find/replace function like every other text editor in the known universe, for example? Proper spacing between paragraphs? Fonts that use points, not “small-medium-large-huge” as if we are buying cheap, unisex clothing?

I’m still using the old, old, old interface because the new one is awkward and poorly designed. Maybe that’s because it’s designed for a telephone — and I use a computer. I’ve been working on word processing tools since they were invented, applauding with each advance in the art. WordPress does not advance. They go backwards, stripping out the stuff that might be useful and leaving us with glitches and a baffling inability to recognize what writers and artists need.

Dashing off something on your phone sets up blogging as a kind of advanced texting. A diary of your life? Is that what blogging is? At the risk of asking a dumb question, unless you are a brilliant writer (on your phone?), who cares? Are you writing it for yourself so you can remember every place you’ve been and every cup of coffee you drank? It doesn’t encourage thought, intelligence, or craft.

I suppose I’ll just keep on doing what I’m doing as long as they don’t make it any harder than they have. Call me crazy, but I believe in thinking before doing a brain dump through my phone.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.


  1. It is not something I would ever do. If I blog I like to take a seat and think about it and choose a few photos. Not just dash something down on a telephone to prove that I have been there and done it. I use my iPad a lot for passing comments, but never to blog direct. My blogging is a pasttime and not an excuse.

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    1. I don’t think anyone who cares about their writing could possibly work that way. A diary of your life? And why would anyone CARE about your diary of your life? But this post was a perfect summary of why WordPress has gotten so bad. It shows the direction they are going and what they apparently think we are doing out here.

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  2. oh, I’ve seen so many short, pointless blogs, not just on WP but Blogger as well; you read into what promises to be interesting if not necessarily deep, then realize it’s a three year old blog. No one took it down, it’s like finding an empty boat floating in the lake, no one around, not even an oar in the thing.
    I know it isnt always possible, but if someone is going to leave their blog for whomever comes after, at least say, “I can’t do this any longer, for various reasons, etc. etc” and block all future posts. You start wondering if someone died, or is dying, if that new baby got sick and they never came back to tell us, if the motorcycle met with an ugly accident…and if you are leaving a blog fulla cute baby-in-the-bath photos, take em with you when you go. Please.

    Sometimes I have an idea I want to work with, see where it goes. Sometimes I just have a first line, much like writing a poem. Once you start, the rest follows. And now and then I am working towards specific goals, as lofty as that sounds.

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    1. And they keep their “names” so no one else can use them, too. Which is annoying. Yes, most of those old blogs are dead. For all we know, they HAVE been taken down. Everything lives forever in cyberspace. Most people seem to just stop blogging one day and never come back. The baby bloggers rarely hang around long enough to be noticed by anyone. I get a lot of them as “followers” and I always wonder why. I’m pretty sure most of them hope I’ll read their stuff and I’ll bring my followers with me to follow them — like that’s possible, right?

      Every now and then, though, someone really good shows up. Photographers especially. Good writers are more difficult to find, but sometimes, they visit too. I’m loathe to give up on someone I followed who has disappeared because I keep hoping they will come back, but I think I’m living in a dream world. After they’ve been gone more than six months, IF they came back, it would be a new identity.


    2. Judy, you and Marilyn raise cogent points. Lots of boring stuff out there. But if we want people to write, you take the gtood, the bad and the ugly. Guess you can say that about all media. Broadcast, social, etc. It’s that the good is being outflanked by the bad, the boring and the ugly.


  3. I’m in your ‘school’ if you will. I use a tower – which makes those young people stare…Tower? they chirp…uh what’s a TOWER? to which I smile (perhaps smugly) and say a bit condescendingly….”OH right. You only know about DEVICES, don’t you? Ever heard of the DESKTOP COMPUTER?” to which they return my look, apparently convinced I belong on the ark. WordPress is the third blogging site I’ve used. I’m not terribly surprised at their decline, it seems to happen with all of the blogging sites eventually and when the numbers dwindle to the point that the company has to shut down, I imagine those twits wondering what they did wrong. Maybe, if I’m asked, I’ll point them to this particular blog post and say “THAT’S what you did wrong”…but I doubt they’ll ask. Don’t they all TEXT now anyway?

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    1. They totally don’t get it.

      I recently had to make a choice between a new laptop and a desktop. Desktops are faster, more powerful and CHEAPER. Plus, you can buy a huge monitor for a usually reasonable price. But it locks me into my office and I was in that office for about 12 years. These days, I need to keep my feet up. Also, I like being out here with Garry and the pups. Tom suggested I get the tower and use it as a server for a laptop and other devices, but that got too complicated for me. But I do miss my big machine. All that real estate on the monitor was GREAT and it had much better speakers, too.

      WordPress will ultimately bring themselves down and it is too bad. They have been determinedly going in this direction for years and they do not listen to any of us who have stuck with blogging for a long time and understand that it ISN’T about dashing off something on your stupid phone. Or snapping a picture of your latest lunch. Sometimes, they make me so MAD I feel like I’m going to spit.

      But it’s pointless. They aren’t going to listen. Ever. I’ll do this as long as they let me and hope the ship doesn’t go down before I’m ready to sink too!

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  4. I am using my kindle fire to read this blog but unless I can’t use my computer I do not consider this a means of posting to my blog. The idea of using my phone to create a post . Still shaking my head over that idea.

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    1. I know. It’s stupid. You can’t edit on anything that small. Even an iPad or Kindle — the best I can do with them is say “thanks” to a comment and in a pinch, I’ve been able to manage a sentence or too, but’s it’s a serious strain on me. I am NOT happy working in space where can’t copy and paste pieces, or see the entire post in the window.

      People who blog on the telephone are not writers. No one can really write that way. At best, you can post a line or two as an idea for something to write later.

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  5. “This explains the low quality of so many posts I try to read….” Oh dear. I write almost all of my posts on my iPhone. Seems that you and everyone who commented on your post would categorize me as a lazy someone who writes banal and trivial posts simply because I use a mobile using the WordPress iPhone app instead of my laptop. I use my mobile device because it’s, well, mobile. It allows me to write and read posts from anywher. The sofa, my backyard, my bed, while taking a bus somewhere, while sitting on the toilet. And I do try hard to write quality posts, and not just “advanced texting” or a personal diary.

    But, that said, what works for one person may not work for someone else. I hope that the quality of my posts is judged on the content and how I write, and not in the device I use to write them on.

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    1. You write well and I read you often. I knew you did it on your phone, too because you’ve mentioned it. I have NO idea how you do it. You must have fingers like my granddaughter with points on the end. For every truth, there’s someone to disprove it … but most people can’t write anything longer than a comment on a screen that small. This is not a matter of opinion — it’a physical thing. I literally CAN’T write on my telephone. Obviously, you can.

      All the honors to you because you write well. You also must have terrific vision. I can barely see the screen.

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      1. Thanks. I’ve been using smartphone keypads since the Blackberry devices were first introduced and have, over time, become quite proficient at it. But the fact is that, because I primarily use my iPhone to type my blogs, I rarely have posts much longer than 500 words. It does get tedious to use my phone’s virtual keypad for really long posts.


          1. I liked the Blackberry’s physical keypad, but I’ve been using the iPhone’s virtual keypad for almost seven years and have become fairy adept at using it.


  6. Holy hell, it took me three hours to write my blog post today, and it was a shabby affair (i’m sick). I can’t imagine writing a blog from my phone. Touch screens… blah.

    However, it’s common practice for most businesses to ignore the customers they have in order to bring in new customers. I’ve seen it all my life. You can see it in old movies too. For some reason, the people up top think that old customers are easy money (they won’t leave) so the focus is often on bringing in new money. And it kinda works… I mean, you’re still here, aren’t you?


    1. I’m still here because there isn’t anywhere better to be. At the moment. But when there IS a better choice, I will make it. You are right. Companies are sure that old customers will never leave, except we do … when we can. It’s like being tied to cable until FINALLY you get FIOS and you are off your cable package five seconds later. I think big companies have no idea how much resentment they create in “old” customers. We KNOW the newbies get all the goodies, but we don’t have to like it.

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  7. I agree with you. I did use the WordPress app for Android. It’s good but limited. My laptop died last year early Autumn. So I had to use the phone app. Also many times my signal and home connection dies so in order to keep blogging the app for Android comes in handy.
    However it’s difficult to edit and my fingers hit the wrong keys. I proofread my text.
    Wish I had room for a desktop but I live in a small space, really a room so the devices fit my limits. Also I spend most of my time at work, but I use the WordPress app for Android mostly for my Photography Blog.
    As for my writing blog I’m using a shaky crappy notebook until my finances improve.

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    1. My point was not to critique people who don’t have the money for a better machine. I have used anything I could connect with when I had to, including my Kindle which is truly the wrong machine for the purpose. It’s the WordPress concept of “whipping out a post” by the easiest (is a phone easier than anything else?) way possible. It really disrespects the process and the people doing it.


        1. I’m not either. That is much too much like work for my taste. I just hope someone else will pick up the torch. I’m sure someone will, eventually. I wish Blogger was better, but it’s just as bad. Maybe worse.

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  8. I would consider a phone or tablet a useful tool to read blog posts if I was away from home with no access to a computer even though I find my tablet awkward to use for blogging. But I guess the main point here is not the device v computer but the attitude of the person posting as summed up by the quote. Many of us, including the commenter who blogs on his phone don’t just “dash off” a post. We think about what we want to say and whether it will be interesting. I know I edit mine over and over before posting.
    However, if you are posting from the toilet that is defintely too much information.

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    1. Maybe I should start a new blog titled “Posting from the toilet.” It can be a diary of bathroom habits through the year. I’m sure it will be a big winner for WordPress.

      They really don’t get it at all.

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  9. The one thing that concerns me more than any other, are all those baby pictures floating around out there (has no one ever heard of private blogs?) for anyone to look at. The net is a haven for people who collect pictures of half naked babies and children.

    I suggested to one woman that those pictures of her kids in the bathtub (how many photos can one take of wet children??) would be better off in a private space, since the entire blog was for her family anyway. She was outraged that I should suggest such a thing. Fine, lady. your problem.

    I do know that online communication styles have their moments in the spotlight: when I first started, it was all about message boards and poetry boards. I was on 8 message boards at once, and somehow lived. But little by little they diminished, and became smaller, focused, more personal. And disappeared, replaced by highly moderated quasi blogs devoted to one genre. Then Facebook, Twitter, and then personal blogs. And this too will shift, and change into something else.

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    1. I think they are changing as we speak, but I’m not sure into what. An awful lot of people are really tired of Facebook in particular. Too many deadbeats and trolls and just plain weird people. I spend more time locking people out of my timeline than reading posts.

      People post all kinds of crap without thought to the possible repercussions. I remember having That Conversation with my granddaughter, about how whatever she wrote on FB or any other social media outlet was going to be there FOREVER. For anybody to read. including employers, college entrance people, and your mama. NOW she’s so private, she doesn’t post anywhere about anything.


  10. I’m with you Marilyn- I use the old interface, my computer and that’s it! I hate that they removed the justify button, don’t like the 2 step process to link up and allow the link to open in a new window. I only look at wordpress on my phone when I have time during lunch in school to try to respond to comments… but that’s it!


    1. I am not a big phone fancier anyway. But mainly, I can’t type without a keyboard. And I can’t edit when I can’t see most or all of the page. And how in the world can you edit a picture on a phone? So you just send them out, no processing? I don’t think I could do that unless it was part of an email. Certainly not a post!


  11. It’s hard to blame WordPress for wanting to be just like Facebook and Tweeter and Instagram and Sexch… er, Snapchat and all those simplistic but unbelievably (And I really do mean that word in its true sense) popular social media sites. That is what the kids grew up with, and they are the future. Blogging is something us old whippersnappers do, and is so 2000’s (as in the decade, not the century). I do hope blogging sticks around at least for as long as I have the interest in it. I think WP will be fine (and knows it will be fine) regardless of how much it ignores its established customers for at least the near future. Who knows if blogging will even be a viable platform in the next decade? I hope so, because I’m old school like that, but it’s foolish to try and predict the future…


    1. I figure I won’t be around that much longer anyhow. You can call it blogging or something else, but there has always been a way for people to write and have it read by others. There have always been newspapers and journals and now there are blogs, but really, they are all the same thing. A way for people to write so that others can read it.

      As long as there IS an online, there will be ways for people who write to access it. Before there was blogging, there were newsletters. They will call it something else in the future, i’m sure, but writers and artists will write and create. It would be a very ugly world without it.

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  12. On several occasions, I have thought how convenient it would be to be able to post from a coffee shop or library via phone. Yet I have never been able to do all the little tweaks and pokes that I can carry out with ease on a PC. So remote blogging remains on hold for me.

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    1. I can read on the phone when I need to. I can (have) listened to audiobooks on the phone, though i don’t really like it. But I can’t write … and more important, I can’t edit when I can’t see the whole section of text. Maybe people who have always used the phone it’s different.

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    1. To me, it would be impossible. I just can’t write without a keyboard. I can barely enter a comment using a virtual keyboard — and that’s on my Kindle which is 9″ across. I think it’s because I learned to touch type when I was 10 and I’ve been typing with all my fingers ever since. It’s probably why I so dislike mobile phones and texting. My son is forever at me to give it a try — and since my husband is seriously deaf, it would probably be a really good idea at least for him, but he can’t do it either. I think if it came down to the phone or nothing, it would have to be nothing.

      And that’s pretty sad, I suppose. I’ve spent a lifetime writing, but I NEED a keyboard. I actually think with my fingers.


      1. I am having the worst problems with Godadddy. I cant even find my site. Guess I’ll have to use the free one on word press. It expires in March. Their techs act like they don’t even know what they’re talking about


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