Life Update: Gutenberg, Medication, and More!

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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! πŸ™πŸ» Steven x

18 comments

  1. Hi Steven. I’m glad you’re doing well leading into the holiday season … always a bad time not to be feeling well.

    Regarding Gutenberg, I’ve been using it consistently and am working out the kinks. The biggest problem I found was that when cutting and pasting copy from Microsoft Word, many words get pushed together like this: pushedtogether just likethis, if you seewhat I mean.

    I wrote to WordPress tech support and they suggested I cut and paste copy from Microsoft Word to Simple Text or Notepad (I use Notepad), and then cut and paste to Gutenberg. It is more work, but it solves the problem. (Of course you lose your bold faces and italics from from your Word file, but that’s life).

    There are a few other glitches which I griped about to myself, but have learned to work around them. Anyway, no use griping, as Gutenberg is the new deal, and there will be no turning back.

    Have a great December, Steven!

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    1. Hi David! Thanks for sharing your experiences with the new editor, very interesting. I’ve had an issue with my titles being automatically edited (which I don’t understand) and there are some other features I’ll need to get used to. On the whole it’s a thumbs up from me though!

      Thanks for your concern and thoughtful words – you’ll be pleased to hear that my health is pretty good right now!

      Thanks again and wishing you a great weekend 😊

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  2. Hi Steven, It’s good to hear that it’s years since you were last admitted to hospital and that the medication you’re on is keeping you stable. I’ve been on Fluoxetine (Prozac) for many years and I used to worry about that until one doctor pointed out that if it helps to improve the quality of life, then that’s a good thing. That put my mind at rest and I know I am better on it than without it.

    I always like to see your smiley face (not an emoji – the one in the photo in the sidebar!) when I visit your blog and your enthusiasm inspires me. πŸ™‚

    I can’t really comment much on the new editor yet as I’m still working on my first draft using it. I’ll keep an open mind.

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    1. Hi Lesley! Great to hear from you. I’m glad you’re finding the meds you’re on are working well. Thank you for your kindness, and I see you bought a copy of The Philosophy of a Mad Man, thank you so much! I hope you enjoy reading it. Peace and blessings πŸ’›

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  3. Thanks for sharing Steven.
    Good to know that you are moving along nicely, and that’s exciting about the book dude!
    Hope it’s a good time with the family over Christmas.
    Peace to you

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  4. Hey, your mental health condition is news to me. I appreciate your openness. I struggle with anxiety and I guess some of the stigma around it.
    I am reluctant to try Gutenberg. Change isn’t usually easy. Sounds kinda buggy still.
    Enjoy your holidays!

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    1. Hi Jason!

      Yeah, I’m often in two minds about how much to disclose about mental health stuff. But I figure that if I do, it helps a little bit to combat that stigma you mentioned. Also, it’s discussed in my books, so there’s no real reason not to discuss it on the blog.

      That’s fair enough about Gutenberg. Perhaps it’s wise to wait until it’s a little more reliable.

      Cheers!

      Steven

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  5. Hi Steven. Been enjoying your philosophy posts. Hope the medication wears off so you can write about philosophy again! Would love to hear more about your thoughts on philosophy and mental illness. Take care!

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    1. That’s very kind of you πŸ™‚ The medication generally doesn’t interfere with my blogging too much, thankfully! So the Friday philosophy posts should keep coming, and I have some other posts in mind, too. Have a blessed day πŸ™‚

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