I've used modal editing almost as long as I've been using Emacs, thanks to the wonderful Doom Emacs starter kit, which aims to be fast and also for some reason be enticing to vim users.

I abandoned it due to it constantly breaking on me in arcane ways, and not exactly enjoying the fact that it uses custom macros and commands to set everything up. I still found what it offered appealing, hence manually adding parts of doom emacs into my configuration piecemeal, like vi bindings and the doom modeline. For a while I also used its splash screen via emacs-dashboard.

What I like

The visual feedback is great, especially in KEYPAD mode, which actually shows you what commands are bound to which keys.

Doom-modeline shows the current mode in the modeline just like it does for evil mode, which is great.

The tutorial is much better than that of Helix, a batteries-included terminal editor that is similarly based on Kakuone-style editing. In fact, if helix actually has the features of meow that I use, I might ditch vim entirely.

I don't have to specifically bind commands that I want to use with evil bindings. I didn't want to do that earlier, my list of evil-specific bindings already being too long, leading me to leave a lot of commands with vanilla emacs bindings like C-x b to change buffers and so on. With meow, there are shortcuts to use such commands without holding a modifier key down, which is nifty.

My gripes

The composability of commands does not seem to be that great. For example, in evil-mode if you use the delete verb d, any command you then proceed to do will be considered as the 'noun'. For example, pressing d then M-x forward-sexp will delete the next S-expression. If you wish to do the same thing with meow, you will have to start selecting with C-<SPC>, do M-x forward-sexp, and only then delete the selection with s. This is a bit longer, which is not the end of the world, but still annoying.

I have been really used to evil-surround which I now need to find a replacement for.

There seems to be no shortcut to use Ctrl+<key> combinations without chording, which I can get used to, I suppose.

Will I continue to use it?

Yep, I love it. It makes a lot of sense to continue using it, especially with the extra features it bakes in compared to plain old evil, and the fact that you don't have to especially add bindings to every single function you want to use.