Sometimes, when I have a particular thing on my mind and I go to sleep, I end up dreaming about it.
I dreamt that I pressed the Publish button and somewhere in the middle of sleep and wake, I thought to myself, “I have no recollection of writing that!”
The chances of me ever publishing something on my blog without knowing what the content is about is zero.
It turned out that my subconscious mind was nudging me to wake up and write another blog post.
What a lot of my readers do not know (or some may have suspected) is that I challenged myself to publish a blog post every day for the month of August on my blog (So far, I have not missed a day).
Recently, I found out some interesting news about the WordPress Mobile App; it was based on Automattic’s decision to remove the Jetpack service from the WordPress Mobile App at the end of this year (I said nothing to my readers about it because I did not want to spread any sort of panic to any of my fellow bloggers who use the WordPress Mobile App to blog).
Oh yes, that was also on my mind and I cannot keep it in any longer; so, I might as well tell you about it.
The WordPress Mobile App May Never Be The Same
I was shocked by the content of Paul Von Schrottky’s article, Refocusing the WordPress App on Core Features; in it, he talked about the reasons for removing the Jetpack features from the WordPress Mobile App.
Those of us in the know are fully aware of the fact that the Jetpack plugin is responsible for:
- The notifications that we receive whenever someone likes or comments on our blog posts, reblogs any of our blog posts or chooses to follow our blog.
- Show us our Stats in the dashboard area of WordPress.
- The Gutenberg Editor (Also known as the Block Editor).
- The beloved WordPress Reader; the tool that most of us use to locate the blog posts of those we are following as well as to locate new blogs from those we are not following.
Truthfully, it is hard to visualize the WordPress Mobile App without all of those things.
Now, that is not going to affect me because I use my laptop computer to blog.
However, there is the possibility of it having a negative impact on those people who use the WordPress Mobile App to blog.
On a positive note, it was mentioned that the developers would continue to maintain and update the WordPress Mobile App.
They also claimed that the Jetpack App will do what the WordPress Mobile App does and if we have an interest in knowing what our Stats are or enjoy having our WordPress notifications, the Jetpack App will offer the best features to us.
I Downloaded The Jetpack App On My Smartphone
I was curious to find out if the Jetpack App was capable of filling the shoes of the WordPress Mobile App (those are undoubtedly big shoes to fill), so I went over to the Google Play Store and I downloaded the Jetpack App.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Jetpack App was almost identical to the WordPress Mobile App (The only differences were that the Jetpack App was a little more attractive-looking than the WordPress Mobile App, and there was a section that was added to it that displayed chosen blogging prompts for bloggers to participate in and the inclusion of Jetpack logo; which obviously replaced the WordPress logo).
In all honesty, I felt at home ― I felt as though I was using the same WordPress Mobile App, but with a fresh coat of paint on it.
So, whenever Automattic decides that it is time for them to strip the WordPress Mobile App of Jetpack, many users of the WordPress Mobile App (especially those people who blog on WordPress.com) can switch to the Jetpack App and continue where they left off.
The WordPress Mobile App Will Still Be Around
From what I have gathered, the WordPress Mobile App is still going to be around but it is going to be stripped of the Jetpack features (The people over at WordPress.org should not be forced into using Jetpack if they do not want to).
I am curious to see what the WordPress Mobile App is going to look like in the future (I should be careful though because someone in the past said, “Curiosity killed the cat,” and my horoscope is Leo).
The Bottom Line
Automattic does not have a set date as to when the WordPress Mobile App is going to undergo its drastic change. All they could tell us is that those changes would be rolled out slowly at the end of the year.
If for some reason or the other, you do not like the changes being made to the WordPress Mobile App in the future, you can always hop on over to the Jetpack App.
Or you can do like me and do all of your blogging on a laptop computer.