Old Dog: New Tricks? Maybe.

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The bones of trees

Just when a geezer gets comfortable with “the way things were” they morph out from under him.

And that isn’t all bad. Nothing like a rocking boat to test your equilibrium. So now that I’m paid up for another year of life on Fragments without any great notion of the so-what of such a choice, WordPress mixes it up and changes their editing platform.

And so I decided to change up my Style plugin for a while and see what a visual change might bring about.

I actually have a long list of potential blog posts, but am yet to be convinced that this tree falling in the forest will make any sound. Things have been this way for years now, and the old blogging hay days are long past. And yet I can’t quite say I’m done.

I will give this “blocks” approach to editing some weeks of use and see if I get inspired–as in come to sense I am not bowling alone.

Let’s just toss in an image here and see how that works.

Okay, this one of tree silhouettes from Rocky Knob–already in the media gallery from long ago–prompts the possibility of a future post on trees–when the piece is cleared for public release. This work has been invisible to Facebook and the blog, but which kept me pleasantly busy for a couple of weeks in December. More, perhaps, soon-ish.

Let me know of any viewing issues with the new template.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I had finished reading and was getting ready to post that there was no image, when your lovely black and whaite image finally appeared (in my iPad) That never happens with your previous software. It may just bea glitch today with AOL, who knows.

  2. Your image appeared immediately. When you mentioned ‘blocks’, I realized you are using Gutenberg Editor, which I bypassed a few weeks ago in favour of Classic Editor, which is much the same as our old one. I’m curious to know if you found it easy to install and use. Bravo if you mastered it!

  3. I like it the new look. You probably didn’t notice, but I posted a blog post every day in December. Some people are getting tired of Facebook and returning to their blogs.

  4. Fred It looks great to me. Don’t like the picture of the trees even if it is artistic in quality. Brings to mind an empty, ugly world. I know that your part of the country is beautiful most of the time. Hope all is well around the home place.

  5. Fred, the post and the photo look just fine on my Android phone. Will check on a Windows laptop later today.

  6. Thanks for the ground-proofing folks, I will dig deeper and see if the new possibilities in WP will be a catalyst to being a better blogger in 2019. Could hardly be a more slovenly blogger than I’ve been the past few years. Maybe the center is shifting AWAY from Facebook. It certainly is for ME.

  7. Fred, thanks to the modern marvels of cancer pharmaceuticals (the old fingers are not working worth a darn), I am not able to comment as often as I would like, but I visit often. Please keep right on going…