WordPress implemented a new blogging interface a few days ago.
It’s pretty cool, it’s designed to be distraction-free, and basically on my countryside connection it makes posting a blog a one-hour affair instead of the usual fifteen minutes.
Because the interface is beautiful, but it’s heavy on my connection resources.
But this is not the real problem – I already write my posts using a text editor caller ReText (but any plain text editor or notepad works) and then copy-and-paste them in WordPress anyway.
But while I was waiting this morning for the interface to load, I found myself with ample time on my hands and started thinking…distraction-free?
There’s a lot of distraction-free editor programs out there. Some are free, some are premium. Some you download and install, some run directly inside your browser.
I have a good distraction-free editor on my system, it’s free and it’s called FocusWriter. And Scrivener offers a distraction-free mode.
And I don’t use them. Oh, I tried them, really, they are quite cool but… no.
Because, in all honesty, seeing the buttons and cursors and icons on my writing software is not that much of a distraction, really – and I am curious about people actually finding the interface of a writing software distracting.
And OK, I am biased – I once met a guy that wrote using a distraction-free editor, on a laptop, in a crowded Starbucks. Leaving the icons out of the picture seemed to me a little pointless. But to each their own, of course.
And I don’t know, maybe it comes from me learning to type (badly, to the desperation of my typist mother) on a very mechanical, very distracting typewriter: hammers getting stuck, the ribbon detaching, the paper getting chewed by the thing… that’s distracting, and with time one learns to minimise the risks and ignore the rest.
I still like my keyboard to go click-clack and I usually write with music going on and a helluva lot of different software running in the background.
This I thought this morning while my new distraction-free blogging interface loaded.
Does anybody out there really use distraction free editors?