An Experiment


Sometimes, I have to eat my words. Many of you contacted me. You don’t want me to end Storyteller. Amazingly, you like it. I don’t want to end it either. Sometimes I get a little burnt out and want a break. But, right now I’m pretty energized. I’d like to keep going.

So, I’m going to experiment a little this weekend.

The WordPress desktop, as it currently stands, is horrible. I can’t see how the page looks before I schedule it. You can’t see the captions. But, they are there when you open the picture. One of you said that you could see the post via Facebook. And, Twitter. I know that too. I’ve tested it. But, that’s not the issue. It’s about production. Not, how you view it. Yes. What you see is very, very important. But, my intent is also important. One without the other doesn’t work. And, there is no spell check. At least that I can find. If you know one thing about me, it’s this. I’m a horrible typist. I don’t need spell check to help my spelling. I need it to check my typos.

These pictures. I promised you prettier views of places in New Orleans that you can go when you stop by for a visit. I’ve been doing that for the past few days. Some are older. Some are reworked. But, they give you an idea of the city.

The big picture is Magazine Street. The longest shopping street in the country. It’s old, funky and very local. Only a couple of national chain stores are located anywhere on the street. One is Whole Foods. I doubt that you are coming to New Orleans to see that, even if the very first Whole Foods was opened here.

The picture to the right is a commercial second line, playing in the French Quarter. I know, I know. I keep telling you to get out of the Quarter, but you also so should see that you can have fun without drinking all the booze on Bourbon Street.

Below that is a picture that I call Mardi Gras Flowers.

The river at sunset is really a bayou. Bayou St. John. If you paddle towards the sunset, you’ll pass City Park, a golf course and eventually you will come to Lake Ponchartrain.

Next to that picture is St. Louis Cathedral that I made into a dreamy state.

Next to that is the old building on Royal Street That I photographed during the blue hour.

And finally, a classic view of Decatur Street, Jackson Square and St. Louis Cathedral that was taken at dusk during a super moon. The moon is over my shoulder so that it lights everything, but you don’t see it.


  1. This has turned out beautifully Ray! I can still reach the old original desktop by clicking on Site Admin (on the right for me) in an open post in View and then clicking Posts (on the left for me) which calls up the list of posts. Then they can be edited each in turn. You must check if do not have a way to Edit in Private mode. In the Site Amin Edit it is very simple. You then set up your page as you want and then you can see the results in ‘View Post’ (at the top for me) where see can seethe results. When you have it as you want it you go back to remove the private and set it up public, click okay, and then Publish. I wonder, could it be that not all Themes have these retro features?


    1. Thanks, but given that I wanted to do what I usually do with multiple pictures — a large lead picture, followed by six or eight thumbnails — this experiment failed. This is the best I could do.

      That said, you have a site. Your dashboard looks nothing like something like mine, which is I have no site admin tab. Instead I have a wordpress admin tab.

      The best I can do is a work around that bring me back to the old desktop. Unfortunately, wordpress has removed the link. I can do the work, but I can’t post. It goes nowhere.


      1. … but in a web site you are supposed to have so many more functions and be able to manipulate content much better from desktop visual to going online – I do not understand it – their programmers must also be incompetent then.


      2. Their programmers are fine. Their coding is their own. What most people use from WordPress are templates limited to your own skills. If I were a coder I could change the overall look of Storyteller significantly, because my blog site is more flexible. But, I’m not. And, I’m not willing to work through the pages and pages of supporting material that WordPress provides in order to make a picture an inch bigger. That said, I do have a commercial website at I can and do manipulate it because is built for my skill level.

        The second most important thing to remember is what WordPress is really working towards. Most blog traffic — something like almost 80% right now — is driven by portable devices.Those users are far more important in the long term than desktop or laptop users. That’s what the simplification is about. If I posted from my tablet, I’d probably love these changes. But, my work is too labor intensive for that.

        One more thing. Thanks for your help in how you access your desktop. It got me thinking and I found the equivalent on my desktop in a different place. Today’s post reflects that. It also reflects that fact that all of this is just a frame work and we shouldn’t have to fight with it. Our — yours, mine, any blogger that you read — job is to make content. Not worry about how to post it.

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  2. Ray, you’re being too modest when you say, “Amazingly, you like it.”
    One frustration from my view is that when I click on comment icon, I get two images and your statement. If I click on View Gallery I get all seven images but no text. My work flow is 1. click on View Gallery 2. click on the comment icon and make a comment 3. click on the left arrow in the upper left side of the screen to return to the scroll list of those that I follow 4. Click on Like. That seems like a lot of clicking.
    Oh, wonderful series today. The Bayou St John image is very painterly. Nice!


    1. That does seem like a lot of clicking. I’m sure of one thing about it. That is WordPress’ way of driving clicks to the site. That’s about all I’m sure of because all social media sites are intentionally oblique.

      That comment? I think anybody can shoot these pictures. You just have to be there.


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