Musings in the Dark
As I sit in the dark of my home, with the power company in Malta giving me a night off, I'm reminded of some of the potential blog topics that have been on my mind lately. As a newly published author, I've been focused on promoting my work and managing the many aspects of being an author.
Bring out your pitchforks and torches!
I've been hearing a lot people bitching on the internet about how "AI art is not art" or "using AI is cheating" etc. I mean seriously, you sound ridiculous. It like people going to the first person who built the plough and telling him you're just cheating at farming 'cause you didn't dig the soil up with your ownbare hands. Go home man you're drunk.
Marketing is a bitch, and I got shit to do
Whether you agree with the above or not, you'll certainly agree with the next thing: Marketing has proven to be one of the most challenging tasks for me. The struggle to find success in the publishing industry (or any industry for that matter) is never-ending and it can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to social media. While I appreciate the opportunities that social media provides, I have struggled to find a balance between my day job and my writing, let alone dedicate time to creating content and managing my social media presence.
The Unseen Opportunities - Try a different perspective you moron.
My recent experimentation with AI has opened up a whole new world of possibilities. Instead of rejecting the "threat" of AI, I've embraced it like the cyberpsycho freak that I am.
I've been using AI art, and I've been amazed by the results and ultimately concluded something very simple yet crucial: AI is not here to replace us but to allow us to do more with less effort, and it's a game-changer for content creators, including authors.
(I often use Midjourney to create concept art and stuff like that - things I could only DREAM of doing in the past.)
The real power of AI lies in its ability to help us manage our time more efficiently, freeing us up to focus on what's important – creating great content. In recent months, I've come across several AI tools that can help authors achieve more with less effort. For example, Mid Journey creates images that are both entertaining and engaging, but the real challenge is getting exposure for your content.
As a UX designer, I often ask myself how I can leverage AI to reach more people and deliver more value. Spamming the internet with mediocre content is not the answer, and it's not going to do anything to help my book. The real value of AI is that it enables us to create more with less effort, and that's what I'm experimenting with right now. For instance, my blog is partly put together using an AI that transcribes my personal voicenotes into text and then cleans it up to be more digestable to a reader. This ultimately means that it take me 10 minutes to put something together versus an hour. Sounds pretty good doesn't it?
The Special Sauce is Everything
That being said, AI will do 80-90% of the heavy lifting, the special sauce lies in the 10% that you put in. Ultimately, the goal is to have a human behind the content, to bring the authenticity and connection that readers crave. The ideas, thoughts, emotions and messages we wish to convey need to originate from somewhere - and I've an AI is capable of replicating your work verbatim, then perhaps you might need to rethink the originality of your premises in the first place. By harnessing the power of AI, we can focus on creating and delivering great content, while letting the technology handle the rest.
Pounding our fists like we're getting put out of business is short sighted and quite frankly lazy. Instead of saying you're gonna be out of a job how 'bout saying, "ye instead of doing X number of articles, images etc, I can do 3,4 5 times as much in the same time."
So anyway, time to get over it. 'Cause whether we like it or not AI is coming, and those who refuse to use it to their advantage will suffer at the hands of those who do.
Peace out, Cyberpunks
"We've got a blog to write"