Blogging, Gutenberg, and Simplenote

I work for Automattic and love all things WordPress. If you didn’t know, WordPress released an update, 5.0, which includes a new editor. This editor uses blocks, which can make formatting easier and open WordPress up to more people.

At first, I wasn’t so excited because, change is hard, y’all!! But I soon realized how handy the new editor, dubbed Gutenberg, can be.

First, some background….. Automattic owns a nifty app called Simplenote. It’s exactly what it sounds like; a simple note taking app. I love this app. It has minimal bells and whistles, works well, and is free! To make this app even better, it supports Markdown.

Markdown is a simple language you can use to type and format things on the interwebs. It lets you format things in plain text and then it magically turns it to HTML. It’s easy to learn, and with some practice, becomes second nature. This cheat sheet is a great starting point if you are interested in learning more.

Why all this talk about Markdown and Simplenote? Because the way I’ve formatted my posts for work and pleasure recently has been to write them in Markdown in Simplenote and then copy and paste into WordPress. And with Gutenberg, it recognizes the Markdown and formats my text into the appropriate blocks. It even recognizes my images in Markdown and turns it to an image block! Heck it will even put my Markdown list into a bullet list block! It’s so easy it almost feels like cheating. Or magic!


Writing and editing posts this way has been a game changer for me. Simplenote is an app I can use on my phone. I can start typing up a post on my phone, using Markdown. Then I can open my computer and finish editing my post and then move it to WordPress. Did I mention that Simplenote syncs across devices seamlessly?!

Watch this handy video to see what I mean:

December 18, 2018
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