The End

WordPress finally did it. They forced me to leave. They changed the editing desktop to a way that’s almost unusable, especially for somebody like me who isn’t a writer. Β They changed it in the dead of night without telling anybody. The lack of respect that they show their users — who pay the bills — is astounding. So, here’s a set of pretty New Orleans pictures. I had intended to show you some options to only staying in the French Quarter if you visited my city. But, I can’t split the picture sup in order to tell you about them. I’m not even sure that you can actually see them if you happen to come to Storyteller though Facebook, Google + or Twitter.

It’s too bad. I enjoy doing this.

By the way, that’s also the reason I’m so late today. There is a work around that you can find on the WordPress forum where many people — thousands — are complaining. I used it. It doesn’t work.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

27 thoughts on “The End

    1. Thank you, Anne Marie. I can’t see what I’m doing before I publish a page. I have no idea what the page looks like. And, what WordPress pretty much admitted on one of their forums is that this is the future and they are really going after the portable device market. They’ve never been particularly photographer friendly, but now it appears they won’t be very long form writing friendly.

      I’ll mess with it some. But, the one real strength of WordPress is that formatting didn’t take a long time. Now, it does.


  1. Ray, I’ve so enjoyed seeing New Orleans through your eyes and lens. I have been there once, but as a very young child for my grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary. It has always been on my “bucket list” to go back and explore all the nooks and crannies that are off the beaten path. Through your story telling and pictures, I know for sure this is what I want to do. Hopefully you will be able to keep up with your blogging. Thank you for sharing your magical city with the world.


    1. Thank you Lyn. I’m going to keep fighting WordPress and their needless changes. I just can’t do it anymore. And, they know what they are doing. They did it without telling anybody it was coming. Where I come from, the customer is always right. Now with this guys.


    1. Thanks, Theadora. I’m not leaving because I want to. I’m mostly just tired of dealing with unnecessary digital changes made by engineers who don’t have enough to do. There is a work around being posted on WordPress tech forums. But, it doesn’t seem to work. We’ll see.

      BTW, I owe you signed print. If you can find your way back to my 4 Nov post, pick any from the poster and I’ll send it somewhere in the world. πŸ™‚


  2. Although I don’t comment much, I look forward to viewing your photos every day! I’m hoping you’ll stay, but I agree I will be lost if I have to adapt to a new posting protocol. I don’t know why but I’m still getting the old dashboard.


    1. That’s very kind, Cat. πŸ™‚ I can’t tell you why you don’t except that mine is a blog. It could be if yours is a blog that they haven’t turned it over yet. I don’t mind a new posting protocol. I do mind not being able to see what I’m doing until after I do it.

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  3. I’m very sad to hear this, but I respect your decision. I’ve also had issues with the system being upgraded without any prior notice, and yes, it’s hard for photographers – and for those of us who don’t want to stare into our mobile phones all day – when everything seems to be geared towards portable devices. I can currently access the old dashboard but only because I’ve bookmarked it, but it seems to be a matter of time…

    I enjoyed and learned so much from your photography & writing. Especially how you show much respect to the subjects you photograph. Thank you for sharing your city with us.

    Best wishes,

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  4. Takami, if I can figure out a work around I won’t go. It’s not like I’m burned out and don’t want to do it. If anything, I’m more energized this year.

    Thank you for your kind words. I like the people and places that I photograph so I guess that it shows. I was even looking forward to Mardi Gras, which for people who live in New Orleans can get a little tedious. I’ll still shoot it.

    Good luck with your bookmark. I’ve been using that for about a year. Today, when I used it I was able to produce the page. But, when I tried to post it, the page went nowhere so I was forced to use the new desktop.

    All best, Ray


    1. That’s very kind, Tim. It’s not me. It’s thousands or more who can no longer use the old desktop. And, I don’t believe WordPress cares, especially knowing that they did it without telling anybody that it was coming. Me? I think technology should fit our needs, not the other way around.


      1. WordPress already did that last year. Do you remember the “beep-bop-beep” loader? That was their first try at changing the desktop. Everybody complained so they gave us a work around, which basically meant saving the admin page to your favorite websites list. Somebody else asked me if everybody was getting it. I don’t know. It appears that those of you who use the extension haven’t gotten the desktop yet. Mine — and many others — is our website address as in We seem to have gotten it first, or are a version of a beta tester. Even with those Lightroom changes, Adobe said it was coming as I recall. WordPress never said a word.


      2. I’ve not seen the changes because I have … address. I’ll have to wait and see. My investment in WordPress consists of a lot of posting and purchasing the design. I don’t want to leave either.


      3. Tim, you may never see a change. I’m pretty sure that at least 80% of the bloggers on WordPress are in your position.If you believe their numbers, that’s a huge amount of blogs. That’s interesting because your site is free. Mine is not. One would think That I should have some control over my destiny because of that. But… I posted today. One blogger liked what I posted. However, how I posted was a fall back since I couldn’t make the design work in the way that I wanted.


      4. Yes, you would think that by paying for the site it would give you some leverage. Sites like mine put up with the ads that must pay WordPress a significant amount of money to afford continuing the free service.


      5. I have no leverage. I think you might have more leverage because of that ad space. I’m not so sure individual ads cost all that much because the internet functions on forced volume.


    1. That’s very kind. Thank you. I’m also very humbled by people saying, “No, please don’t go.” I’m trying to make the new desktop work and will experiment with it over the weekend. I have no idea what everybody will get. So far it looks like those who have a complete free site with a address are not getting it. But, knowing WordPress those of us with a .org address are really just a beta test. The real problem is that I can’t see what I’m doing until after I’ve done it. We’ll see. Meanwhile my weird city is walking a second line, lead by Arcade Fire and The Preservation Jazz Hall Band, for David Bowie. That’ll be something. πŸ™‚

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  5. I was so disgusted that I couldn’t find a way to choose photo size when posting, but then I don’t know of any better option….I thought about Tumblr again but remember what I didn’t like there.


    1. The so called classic desktop is hidden under “new” posts. It won’t last long. The other place you can go is eBlogger which is a Google product. It’s pretty good, but I had a hard time building a community there.

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