I think WordPress’s engineers come in two grades: really good and really awful. I have gotten a lot of the awful kind, but once in a while, I get a good one. This one has been really good and helpful. Very helpful. She didn’t solve the problem, unfortunately. In the end, it’s my problem. If I want to save posts, I’m going to have to go through each post, then copy and paste the ones I think are worth saving. Otherwise, they are chock full of comments, tags, categories and are a mess. Only personal editing will make them better.
But, I finally have all the XML files from all 7 years of posting on WordPress. If I want to transfer them, I can. Not a decision I’m ready to make right now.
I realize that a lot of my dissatisfaction with WordPress has to do with the templates. When customization still enabled me to use point sizes to adjust fonts, I could make more templates look at least professional. But now I can only use “Large, Normal, Small, and Tiny.” Nothing looks right. A large header — which is less clumsy looking than a “normal” header, looks too small combined with “normal” text. But SMALL text is too small for almost anyone who has older than forty and is too small for me.
The spacing between lines of text (called “leading” and pronounced “ledding”) is too large. the results are unattractive. I realize that I’m being fussy, but I spent a lifetime designing books and being unable to create a single paragraph that doesn’t look totally amateurish is beyond frustrating.
I don’t think there is an answer to saving posts for any purpose other than creating a duplicate site somewhere else. If I’m going to create a new site, I don’t need every post I ever wrote. Too many of them are irrelevant and aged out.
I have promised to make one more good faith effort to see if I can make the block editor viable for writing. The worst part of this — for me — is that were I able to wrap my head around the block editor, the issue of creating a format that is attractive isn’t going to improve. Spacing and size issues are old, old problems that go back many years. These problems have never been addressed and aren’t being addressed now. AND the overall design of the block editor is terribly inconsistent with how I work, so much of it will continue to be useless for me.
Frustration heaped on frustration make for a grumpy blogger.
Meanwhile, the lovely autumn leaves are drifting in the wind. We’re still in need of a lot more rain, though at least we’ve gotten some, if not enough. But I did want to say thank you to A. Jay, a “Happiness Engineer” at
WordPress.com – Automattic Inc. He? She? has been a great help and very patient because I’ve definitely been crabby about this.
Considering how much I have complained, it’s good to be able to offer a thank you to someone who has gone out of his or her way to work with me.