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First Gutenberg Post: Why Can’t I Just Write! – Michael McCallister: Notes from the Metaverse

WordPress 5.0 is scheduled for release Thursday, December 6. Some people are terrified of this happening.  I don’t think I’m one of them. I have turned on Gutenberg for this post. Let m…

Source: First Gutenberg Post: Why Can’t I Just Write! – Michael McCallister: Notes from the Metaverse

Mike has written a really good article here as a preview of things that are forthcoming with the WordPress “Gutenberg” edition coming out.  As this blog is written in a version of WordPress, and I know that WordPress is a prolific tool for many technical communicators, I thought I’d share this, as Mike’s analysis is really good here, and it’s helpful as I plunge into the next version, or for anyone who’s anticipating this upgrade.



Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

2 thoughts on “First Gutenberg Post: Why Can’t I Just Write! – Michael McCallister: Notes from the Metaverse

  1. Question for you, Danielle: Did you write this piece using Gutenberg, or did you use TinyMCE, the old WordPress editor? Why?

    I’m still using the old editor. But then, I tend to be a late-adopter by nature, and I live by the axiom “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” You’re keener to try new technologies, and I respect your opinions a lot (as I do Mike’s). If you came out and that Gutenberg is great, I’d probably change my mind and make the leap.

    1. Good question, Larry! For this blog, I use the WordPress-hosted web editor version, so I’d assume that they’d be updating this to some version of Gutenberg. For me, it’s just easier to use whatever WP offers instead of installing it somewhere and having to do updates and plug-ins. It suits my needs here just fine. However, other sites that I work on that are on independent servers will have to upgrade, and so I’ll have some experience playing with Gutenberg on those sites as well. Even in the version I use that’s hosted by WP, I often default to the old editor, as I feel like it has more flexibility with what I want to do. And that said, flexibility is always key with learning new versions of something. It helps you learn faster, but also makes you more marketable because of your adaptability.

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