Life is filled with trade-offs.
This is apparently one of them.
After spending six months testing various alternatives to WordPress for online publishing, I’ve returned to WordPress.
Each of the different methods have their advantages. And each one presented obstacles and limitations.
In the end, despite my deep reservations about Gutenberg and the ever-increasing complexity of WordPress, it gives me room to expand, grow and possibly scale.
I’m a firm believer in POSSE… Publish on Own Site and Syndicate Elsewhere. WordPress gives me the ability to push to the silos but requires considerable effort. And while setting it up is going to be a pain and will hopefully work long-term, it seems the best path. The alternative is hours of unproductive duplicated effort.
Back to Gutenberg for a moment…
At launch, it was a mess. It’s cross-platform functionality with the WordPress iOS app couldn’t be remotely described as… functional. It wasn’t ready for prime time.
And had Automattic waited for prime time, it never would have shipped. There were too many variables in play. Even a Pareto analysis could have taken years. They had to do what they had to do. I get it.
Nothing in technology is ever as simple or as obvious as it should be. Everything technological is fraught with complications. I’m in firm agreement with Jacques Ellul when he wrote…
Modern technology has become a total phenomenon for civilization, the defining force of a new social order in which efficiency is no longer an option but a necessity imposed on all human activity.
And yet… for all of the “wonderful” facets of technology… it seems in many cases “efficiency” hasn’t been the outcome.
For better or worse, here I am… back with WordPress.
I hope, at least for a while, there are no more substantive disruptions in the name of “Progress.”