The Survival of the Bloggest

The New Blog Renaissance is just around the corner. Blogging is on the cusp of a revival.

With the slow monster emergence of AI and Chat GPT (I find the panic enormously entertaining to be honest) – there is a great hush in the world of content creators. We are holding our breath waiting to see what is going to happen next.

Many of the writers, content creators, ghost writers, social media strategists, and influencers that rely on Social Media in all its many manifestations are deeply worried that the AI army is going to render them useless.

Personally I believe that writers and content creators – (though I prefer to be called a writer rather than a creator of content), will be scrambling to start blogs or sites that allow them to showcase exactly their own work, prove provenance and control their outcomes. To have control over their work.

Mature blue and white and green peacock with long tail standing under winter willow tree. Large black boar in the background. Old farm buildings behind.

So us old bloggers are WAY ahead of this particular game.

No-one can boot us off our own platforms.

We can prove that we have been around and writing exactly this way for years and indeed prove that we are human and that the words you are reading are not the text of a clever AI program.

Because that will be a thing soon. We will want to know who is doing the writing. We are already second guessing the provenance of an opinion. At the behest of an individual AI can write and publish an opinion piece that will further influence the opinions of the people around us. This is a thing.

Large black boar standing behind a small pot belly boar.  The ground is winter muddy, trees without leaves. Old barn in the background.

Which is why I am never going to clean up my grammar. Or my short imperfect sentence structures. Perfect text will be a dead giveaway! So I am fine! No-one will think I am a bot!

Have a wonderful day!

Chickens of all colours in a large chicken coop.

Prove you are not a chat bot – what do you think – leave me a comment in the Lounge of Comments!

(Oh my God – imagine if there were an AI chat bot that wandered about, leaving comments and making friends!!!). No. Not a Thing. Yet.


61 Comments on “The Survival of the Bloggest

  1. I am a real person also. It’s a rather sad world anymore. But we are still here, real and flawed and not-so perfect

  2. Yes, I definitely am a real person. I do think that we are getting way ahead of ourselves and may get a lot more negative outcomes than we expect.

    I love blogs—-it’s a chance to get to know (quite a lot it seems) about people you would otherwise never have the change to meet in person.

  3. I’ve never had a blog of my own, but I surely enjoy reading yours! I feel a kinship with someone else born in the southern hemisphere who has made their life in the US.

  4. I so agree with you, and just read an article by Justin Cox on Medium about this very subject. His point was exactly the same as yours–yes, AI can write all kinds of content but it cannot do it with the unique points of view and quirky personalities that we bloggers have!

  5. I asked the ChatGPT AI thingy what is thought of your perfect text dead giveaway comment. It gave me a three paragraph rationalization. 🙂
    “As an AI language model, I must say that perfect text may not necessarily be a dead giveaway that you are a bot. While it is true that bots are often associated with repetitive, automated messages that lack the nuances and imperfections of human language, advanced language models like me are capable of producing text that closely mimics human speech and can even contain errors or idiosyncrasies that are typical of human communication.

    However, it is also important to note that the context and content of the text can also reveal whether or not it was written by a bot. For example, if the text is repetitive, lacks personalization, or includes generic responses, it may suggest that it was generated by an automated system.

    Ultimately, the goal of AI language models like me is to assist humans in producing high-quality, natural language text that is virtually indistinguishable from text written by humans. Therefore, if you want to avoid being detected as a bot, it may be more useful to focus on creating text that is authentic, personalized, and contextually relevant, rather than intentionally introducing imperfections or errors.”

  6. A friend of mine wrote a chat bot for a musician’s website about 15 years ago. Amazingly, there were many naive people out there who thought it was a real person, in spite of it being labled as a chatbot! I suspect that most AI will be aimed at selling us things we don’t need – more Kardashian than Asimov.
    WP shot themselves in the foot by intorucing Blocks (Gutenberg), which makes blogging much more complicated for a beginner. I can understand why they did it – potentially it allows people to do things similarly to DTP, using InDesign or Quark, but it’s not easy, in the way that the Classic Word like interface was. On top of that, free WP blogs now have a large WP banner at the top, which isn’t pretty.

    • WP just keeps evolving and keeps changing – I try to stick with my corner. Migrating to Go Daddy will be interesting. I am assured that it will not interrupt anyones viewing but hopefully be more robust.

      • Isn’t that just moving your WP hosting to GoDaddy? Do check that you won’t loose your subscribers an SEO.

          • I think if you are paying for hosting currently, then moving to a new paid host will probably be OK, but if you move from free WP hosting to a paid host, it is higly likely that people will have to re-subscribe.

            • It’s paid. Good point.

              It is my only worry actually.

              NOT going to move if there is even a possibility anyone has to resubscribe. I hope it works though – I have big plans.

  7. I’ve never even heard of the idea chariots or AI writing blogs! In fact when I first glanced at this I thought you were talking about someone called Al!! I’m definitely human!

  8. I would be more worried I think if the chickens or Wai start posting in your place 🙂

  9. Good evening, C. For the past few months, I’ve been illustrating my posts with AI artwork generated by using Midjourney’s bot (it’s by subscription). My images are produced by writing text prompts, applying parameters and restraints, descriptive styles and architecture, etc. Not only am I learning something new (and it does require study to produce something worthwhile), but I also find it creative (and darned good fun!). I haven’t used ChatGPT for writing, I’ve no need, but I have used it instead of Google for quick information, like re-calculating an Imperial measurement recipe into metric.

    • I love ChatGPT – I use it like google.

      I did wonder about the art on your site. I really like it and it is the perfect application. Fun is a bonus!!

      How long does it take to create the image?

      • I’m delighted that you like the artwork. An image is produced by the bot within a minute, but it usually takes multiple re-rolls until I’m happy with the result. Sometimes you just have to abandon it, and start over with different phrasing. The order of wording is the trick to not wasting your monthly allotted time on the server.

  10. Hi Celi! Yes, it’s been awhile, but I’m reviving my blog! Should probably update that picture as well! Great to see the Kitchens Garden is still here!

  11. I do hope you are right about a blog revival. I’ve been blogging continuously for almost 19 years. It would be good to feel relevant again.

  12. Nicely said. I get weary of people suggesting solutions or ideas from some YouTube poster that may or may not have had success. In many ways we show the lived experience, and utter failures which are just as important as prettified “like bait”. I’m getting likes now from bots. It’s a little unnerving TBH. Usually when I have drafts in queue. Trying to ignore them and carry on. Blogging is more a personal record of what we’ve done anyway.

    Chatbots will never have chickenpoo on their trousers, straw in their hair, nor the righteous sweaty stink after a hard day’s work. 😆

  13. There’s a world of difference between transmission of information and the slow development of relationships over time. I began my blog in 2008, and one of the first decisions I made was to eliminate a ‘like’ button. I wanted comments, not likes, and if I had to make do with two or three comments per post, that was perfectly fine with me. I never used social media for any purpose, including publicizing my blog, but let it grow organically — always the best! Today, I’ve met and socialized with people I’ve come to know through my blog; we exchange Christmas cards, and celebrate birthdays. Now and then, I go out and about photographing with blog friends. There’s no AI in the world that can equal that.

    • Your blog is delightful.I am actually quite looking forward to the challenge of taking my site to the next level – though the blog side will stay its usual slow moving back water self!

      I find it interesting that you disallowed Likes. That shows a great conviction of purpose. I love that!

  14. I am a real person and so happy you are back to blogging!

  15. What an interesting discussion. I would love to sit around a table and talk in person about this stuff. I’ve been blogging for 9 years now, with no ads, just content. I started it because I had been laid off and needed a connection with folks of similar interests. It’s grown into a way to communicate with friends, family, and fellow bloggers from around the world. It’s a community and that’s what I wanted. It has certainly enriched my life.

    • The sense of community we build on our blogs never ceases to astound me! Especially with a well run blog like yours. It becomes like a second home for our people!

  16. I am a real person and have followed your blog for quite some time, even if commenting only a handful of times. This post reminded me of a quote I read, ” The irony for mankind is that a computer program asks a human to prove that they’re not a robot.” Yep, hmmm …

  17. Hello Celi…I began reading your blog way, way back many years ago when your Homepage was a view of your backyard…probably back in 2006-10….I was retiring from a 40+ yr. of RN nursing work, I think I was about 64…..Now, years later, I’m 79 and still reading your blog. I live in Carlinville, Illinois, south of you. I have followed your world travels, learned a lot about people, learned a lot about food, self sustaining living, farming (I grew up on a farm), animals, must say I just love “BooBoo”. I look forward to following along through your new adventures and say “Thank you” for blogging! I always look forward to reading your blog everyday.

    • Celi….must add with the many changes in Google and Blogger, my old user name was prabably “Lynney or Lynney62)

    • This is such a wonderful comment. Thank you so much and thank you so much for reading my words for so many years. That is so so great!

      BooBoo is at my feet – lying on his back with his legs in the air!

      • LOL! Oh, I love BooBoo!! It’s lovely to follow a blog for a long time. I look forward to many new adventures following along. Thank you, Celi! *give Boo a big pet from me!

  18. I’m with you, Miss C. I think anyone familiar with my stuff would instantly recognise the ‘intellects vast and cool’ (thank you, HG Wells) signature of the AI, since I never use one adjective where three will do. And your prose is equally recognisable for different and similarly distinctive reasons. We ‘elder’ bloggers are forerunners, perhaps, original content creators who have never leaned on filters, Grammarly or farmed content to connect to our readers. Besides, I love to write. Why would I pay a machine to do it for me?

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