Once again, I come to you via the pixels on your screen that are a contrasting colour from the other surrounding pixels on your screen, forming into the contiguous shapes you know as letters, in groups approximating words that are mainly real and easily understandable, and linked together in some form of chain that may be recognised as a coherent, albeit really long, sentence.

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If you are reading this on your phone, I apologise for the above sentence being so long that it probably took up the whole screen and you had to scroll down to get to this one, and even then it was probably a little bit disappointing once you read it and found out it was just an apology for having to scroll down to read it at all. And I don’t expect plonking that only very tenuously relevant picture just there for no particular reason helped much either.

If you are reading this on a tablet or phone screen, as a helpful aide in getting to sleep at night, then don’t forget to turn on the night mode, which tunes the screen to a warmer tone in order to limit your exposure to the stimulation of the more blue hues of daylight colour temperature to encourage your brain into starting to relax for the night, even though you may feel there is no need to use it on this blog due to the complete lack of stimulation the writing on it normally provides, so you may therefore think your brain will probably enable sleep as a natural defence mechanism to save it from the damage the actual text might be doing to it anyway.

If you are reading this in the WordPress Reader, which has stripped all the clever formatting in the post which the author possibly spent some considerable time on (he didn’t), provided by virtue of the fantastic WordPress Block Editor, which allows them to do many fancy looking things on their blog that books can’t do –or indeed don’t feel the need to do– to disguise how boring the text is by itself, or even the most simple visual stuff like

left justification,

centre justification and finally

right hand justification

of their text, for some childish visual gag to present to their readers in their actually carefully prepared blog post, then you might be missing how childish the author is actually being and it might be understandable if they then conclude their paragraph with:
What is the point of an author going to the trouble of doing all that stuff, with all the clever tools that WordPress sell the idea of blogging to them with, (but it’s still buggy as hell, it took three attempts to completely italicise this block of text here, after selecting it all but it only italicised a seemingly random amount of it for the first two goes) if they only then go on to provide other users of WordPress a way of bypassing it all completely and those readers have no idea how the bloody author actually spent their time, thought and efforts in making their blog look anyway?

I mean, if it is to enable some users to avoid some of the less well-considered bloggers visual and other choices, I find it easy enough, once I’ve been to a blog that has clashing colours, moving or flashing meme or reaction GIF’s all over the place, or a form popping up asking you to sign up for a newsletter before you’ve even had a chance to read much of it, never to go there again.

I’ve never been to a blog that has all the above that makes me think ‘Well, I like the actual words, so I’ll try using the reader to avoid all the rest of the crap‘ because it’s generally, especially in the case of those stupid ‘reaction GIF’s’, disguising a lack of confidence, or actual ability, in providing any real humour themselves with their own words.

If you are reading this while sat at a desktop PC or Mac, then you should probably consider closing this tab on your browser and getting back to the work you were actually meant to be doing instead of reading your favourite silly blogs. And this one.

Right then, that’s a load of visiting bloggers offended and got rid of I think.

I can get back to my Solitaire and cup of tea now.

7 thoughts on “edgeways: welcome

  1. Ah the Reader, bane of poets and the savior of the visually overburdened. WordPress does an amazing job ensuring writers and readers will curse it every day, and continue to use it because… wait I’m actually describing the entirety of digital media. When are you coming out on papyrus?

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    1. I used to play with poems in shapes of things, until I realised what the reader was doing to my careful work. No wonder people were scratching their heads about those!
      Papyrus coming up, I could do an upgrade from this stone tablet I’m currently chiselling…

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  2. Oh, yes. Reader: Best laid plans, layouts, etc- gone to hell the blink of a WordPress Ongoing Improvements Technicians block-headed blink of an eye.


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