You are getting two posts today but only once of them will make sense at first glance: (this one if you haven’t guessed already… jokers amongst you can keep the cheap jokes on how much my writing and photography have improved in the other post LOL).
It will look like I posted an almost empty page alongside this one, but panic not… there is method in my madness.
WordPress seemingly answered my prayers when they built in a feature that allows WordPress Bloggers to “copy a post” .
For someone like me who routinely has several posts at various stages of the blog brewing process in the works so that I can remember to look up research details that go with photographs from our travels for instance, this was brilliant.
Now I wouldn’t have to manually copy / paste “(photograph © Kiwidutch)” and “DPChallange” (daily post challenge) into every new post I was setting up. Well that was the theory anyway.
Reality is that I can only “copy a page” of an already published blog post… Duh!!!? Who wants to see an almost empty page with a few bits of reoccurring information on it?? Why can’t I “copy a page” of a page still in draft, handy for me and quietly taking place behind the scenes?
This is exactly like most monumental government ideas: often the idea itself is brilliant, inspired even, but the bureaucracy of putting it into practice omits the few basic steps that contain the magic ingredient and turn it into a white elephant instead.
So close and yet so far… it’s like perfecting the lightest, tastiest and easiest to make cake and then after the recipe is printed in a book, seeing that every one of the raising agents has been omitted. Do the publishers then go and fix it? Why no… they just say it works perfectly and expect every reader of the recipe to work out the missing ingredients by themselves.
WordPress turned an inspired idea into a FAIL by simply requiring that the post you wish be copied needs to be already published and not making this feature available to posts in “draft, or in the ”schedule”.
Fine if you want to repeat the “flesh” of a previous post, but what if you only want to repeat the bare “bones”?
Determined to make it work I duly chose one of my posts and started to edit out all the bits I didn’t need. To be honest it look five times longer to set up the new post this way than it would have had I started from scratch. It was also ten times more frustrating because I knew that it should be making things easier and faster but was in fact doing the opposite.
I tried with the shortest of my posts I could find but let’s be honest here, I don’t do “short” particularly well in either words or photographs: so although I persevered the results were still that it was faster to make a manual post with laborious copy/pastes that it was to use this should-have-been-brilliant feature.
I’m totally happy with almost everything else on WordPress, whilst I do still have a wish list of ideas for improvements I appreciate that the site is still a work in progress and that improvements are being made behind the scenes constantly so my little wish list is probably somewhere near the bottom of the “to do” heap.
So Dear Reader, I hope that this at least explains why you get a double post today: one of which is a small rant because I’m rather disappointed that a feature I had such high hopes for has produced a result akin to a cake that promised so much but completely failed to raise, and a second post which is completely useless to you dear reader ( I humbly apologise) but which, now that it’s published will hopefully help me to overcome the stupidity of having manually copy / paste the “bones” of my blog posts every time.
And the photographs of cakes and biscuits (cookies) …How are they relevant you ask ? Well, naturally they are there to keep you sweet until tomorrows post.