My experience with making the AI overlords work for us
Writing has never been my strong suit. While math was the easy thing for me growing up, trying to write anything was hard to say the least. My Dutch lessons where always a chore and this is also why I always struggled with making blog posts or writing newsletters.
However, my workflow changed significantly with the advent of Chat GPT and AI. Now, what I do is first collect my notes in Logseq, organize them a bit using block references and give it a careful read. Sometimes I draw it on my whiteboard before going off on a rant.
This is where otter.ai comes in, I use it to turn my voice into text, and once all these thoughts are converted into text, I’ll give it to Chat GPT with a couple of prompts. That I store under prompts/ in Logseq so I can tweak them over time. One prompt “Prompts/Act like me” explains to ChatGPT how to act like me. And another one, in “Prompts/Write WordPress Article” tells it to read my ramble and produce something with headings.
And now instead of sitting behind my screen and having to type things and being in a passive mode, I can grab my phone and walk around to get a little bit of exercise. My brain gets a little bit more oxygen, and I can keep rambling at it until it turns into a blog post that I can set up. This also avoids me trying to self edit, no self edit in voice, you just have to accept what you get.
The end result is pretty good, but it might miss things or misinterpret things. It often spells “Logseq” wrong, so I have to redact it at the end and go through the text, make sure that I add any missing points and clarify any points that I think are not captured well. But this is much easier than writing things from scratch.
In part I’m writing this blog post so people understand that I use AI, but not to generate content. I use AI to turn my thoughts into a coherent set of texts that I can then edit and turn into actual content that people want to read.
I think there’s a misconception when people talk about AI-generated content. If something is not unique and just AI-generated without anybody checking it afterward, you can spot it so easily these days. I just read a post from another content creator, I can see that they clearly just said, “Look at the text from this video. Give me a summary”, and then put it on the website. No editing was done at all. You can look at it and go like, “This isn’t tweaked to be personal, or tweaked towards the target audience. This is just a really bad summary.”
In that regards it feels a bit like filters in Instagram, sure they help make a picture, but you still need to bring a good source to the table.
To recap, here’s a simple flow that I follow:
In conclusion, using AI for writing has been a game-changer for me. While I still struggle with writing, this simple workflow has made it much easier to create blog posts from my chaotic thoughts.