Reblog: Tips -n- Tricks…Block Style

Melanie of Sparks From A Combustible Mind has produced this “cheat sheet” which may be helpful to the many bloggers who are getting their first unpleasant taste of the block editor. I know that WordPress has info on this as well but I think that most of us are too mad to talk to them right now and Melanie has really got down to the basics with these diagrams.

Sparks From A Combustible Mind

I thought, during a recent discussion about this damned block editor business, that it might be useful to have a post that had pictographs of how to use the ‘classic’ editor.   How one might insert images and manipulate them (resize, align) with relative ease.   

Bear in mind that I’m presuming that people reading this and trying to use the steps blog ‘like I do’, i.e. desktop computer, Windows OS, Chrome/Google Browser.  Clear as mud?  Leave a comment and I’ll try to explain further if necessary.

These ‘steps’ are mainly about image manipulation and how to ‘get’ an image easily from your own library.   The text (typing) part isn’t really covered, but I think most folks ‘get’ the text part better than they do the images part.   And yes, it’s highly presumptive on my part to even offer this.  I know the bloggers who follow me are smarter than all…

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I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. The problem with that is that it’s just a block. I had it happen that I wanted to change something in my article, let’s say in the middle… so, I clicked there and made the changes. Now I wanted to get back down to the end of the article… and that’s where the classic block drives me crazy. You literally need to aim to get back to the last line of the classic block. Otherwise, the tool wants you to add another block or you leave the classic block. Not to mention the annoying popup when you click somewhere.

    For me, the workaround for the next weeks, until it stops working too, is to go into the dashboard and click on posts, then on “add new”… this still seems to open the classic editor I found out. But it probably won’t work for long. So, I know I will be confronted with the Gutenberg editor again very soon.


    • This workaround won’t work for everyone as it depends on the way you work. I’m afraid you won’t be able to dodge Gutenberg forever so I hope you think of some way to make it work for you. It is stressing people out so badly.

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