The polls for the”Z” Stories are now closed . . . and the Alphabet Challenge has ended. Hard to believe it began last January 22nd . . . 443 days from the start date to the end date. Or 1 year, 2 months, 18 days. Or 14 months, 17 days.

Want more numbers? . . . 10,632 hours, or 637,920 minutes, or 38,275,200 seconds (assuming whole days). Rounding down, it was 63 weeks, which means we averaged a story roughly every 2.5 weeks. I’m talking stories that ran anywhere from 2,000 to as much as 6,000 words (I think one was 8,000 words).

I know, I know . . . you want to know the results of the voting. You can check them HERE<<link, but since few people click on links, here are the results.

Here’s a photo before I continue . . .

It’s Devils Tower treated to Topaz Impression 2.0 and framed using Topaz Studio 1.0. (If you want to see a post about it, click this LINK).

The “X” stories voting block is chugging along with only five days until the voting window closes. Some wait until the last moment . . . and miss it. Perhaps it’s a good idea to get started on them if you’ve not yet read them.

But, make sure you take care of important stuff first, and don’t feel guilty if you don’t get to these.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge X-Stories” are HERE(link). Votes will be accepted until  Noon (Central Time) on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021.

And if you’ve already voted, perhaps you need some laughs . . .

I collect cartoons. I used to do it with clippings from newspapers, but now it’s all digital. Whenever possible, I try getting permission before sharing any of them. Some specify how they can be used, others don’t.

The polls for the”W” Stories are now closed.

You can check the results of the voting HERE<<link. Since few people click on links, here are the results.

Here’s a photo before I continue . . .

It’s a mural along Aliʻi Drive in Kailua Kona, the Big Island of Hawaiʻi (also called Hawaiʻi). It’s actually a snippet of a 130-ft-long mural.

Edited to Add: for those of you comfortable with minimal directions, the gallery at the bottom might be all that is needed and you can probably get through it in under five minutes.

This is a long post and composed entirely using the Classic Editor Block in the Block Editor environment.

Yes, the Classic Editor is still available, and yes, people prefer it (including me) . . . BUT . . . this is coming, so I figure I’d do a tutorial.

Using the Classic Editor block is a way to ease into using blocks and while I have a lot of slides, it’s not because it’s difficult. It’s actually super-easy, barely an inconvenience (but some inconvenience).

I think the problem is that people aren’t familiar with what are, frankly, some confusing aspects of working with block.

WARNING: this is a long post, but it’s mostly slides (and there’s a gallery of all the slides at the end).

NOTE: I’m using a PC. I don’t use my phone to compose stuff unless I want to punish myself. If you’re on a phone reading this, you won’t get anything from it because you won’t be able to read the text.

This should be the same for both free and paid blogs (not the .ORG blogs as I don’t have those so I don’t know).

So, here we go . . . begin by going to your dashboard . . . (mostly slides from here on) . . .