Well, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve actively participated in the continued downfall of humankind. You may not know this, but, I am a rather slow writer, spending a lot of time thinking/rethinking, editing/re-editing, angsting/reangsting until things sound more or less like I want them to. It takes a lot of time and can be quite frustrating (though ultimately rewarding). So, after listening to a couple of podcasts about artificial intelligence (AI), I’ve decided to give it a whirl and see whether it can improve my writing experience or perhaps even give me a different perspective on garden blogging. So, today’s post is an experiment, generated within seconds. The title above, and everything between the zipper lines was written entirely by AI based on the following prompt. The only thing I’ve added are the pictures and captions. See you on the other side!
ChatGPT prompt: Write a garden blog post blog in the style of Botanica Chaotica about the first day of December and trying to garden during the pineapple express.
Greetings, fellow garden enthusiasts, and welcome to another riveting episode of Botanica Chaotica! Today, we embark on a daring journey into the heart of December, where chaos meets cultivation, and the Pineapple Express graces us with its presence.
As the first day of December unfolds, the garden is shrouded in mist, and raindrops play a symphony on the leaves. The Pineapple Express, a tempestuous weather pattern that brings warmth and moisture from the Pacific, has decided to join our gardening escapades. Ah, the unpredictability of nature – a dance with chaos, a tango with tempests.
The Merry Mayhem of the Pineapple Express:
Picture this: a garden bed transformed into a canvas of droplets, each leaf a glistening masterpiece. The air is pregnant with the scent of wet earth and anticipation. The Pineapple Express, notorious for its erratic behavior, has us gardeners on our toes. Will it bring a deluge or a mere drizzle? The suspense is part of the thrill, my green-thumbed comrades.
Embracing the Chaotic Elegance:
In the spirit of Botanica Chaotica, we refuse to be thwarted by a little precipitation. Deciding to embrace the chaos, we don our rain boots, unfurl our umbrellas, and waltz into the garden. The plants, resilient as ever, nod approvingly at our audacity.
TIP #1: Waterproof Your Green Haven
Invest in quality rain gear for yourself and your plants. Mulch, that unsung hero of the garden, becomes a fortress against erosion, and raised beds stand tall against waterlogged soils.
Planting with Purpose:
While some may shudder at the thought of gardening during a Pineapple Express affair, we view it as an opportunity for strategic planting. The soil is receptive, the roots eager – a perfect moment for transplanting and sowing seeds.
TIP #2: Choose Your Allies Wisely
Opt for water-loving companions in your garden orchestra. Think kale, chard, and the ever-resilient lettuce. These moisture mavens thrive in the midst of the Pineapple Express’s watery waltz.
Unpredictable Pests and Delightful Surprises:
Ah, the Pineapple Express – a harbinger not just of rain but of unexpected guests and garden delights. Slugs emerge like tiny pirates, leaving silver trails in their wake. However, they are easily deterred with eco-friendly methods, such as coffee grounds or diatomaceous earth.
TIP #3: Keep an Eye on the Sky, but Also on the Ground
Be vigilant for signs of both friend and foe. Mushrooms, those enchanting fungal wonders, may spring up as if summoned by the Pineapple Express’s magic. While some are harmless, others may pose a threat to your plants. Know your allies from your adversaries.
As the day draws to a close, and the Pineapple Express bids adieu, our garden stands resilient – a testament to the gardener’s ability to adapt and thrive amidst chaos. Until next time, dear readers, may your gardens be bountiful, and may you dance fearlessly in the rain with the spirit of Botanica Chaotica as your guide.
Happy gardening, and may the Pineapple Express bring you both challenges and unexpected joys! 🌧️🌱
Ok, that’s it! I was a little surprised how fast it spat something out. Overall, I don’t think it mirrored my writing style very well because I couldn’t point it specifically to my website. It used many, many more adjectives than I tend to do (unless you count my Spooky October Doomsday Post) and a broader range of adjectives to boot. It almost feels as if ChatGPT just pasted a bunch of related words together in a mellifluous jumble of garden verbiage (which, in fact, it did). To be honest, I am a little envious of its ability to rapidly make smart metaphorical connections and to use fluffy filler words. It is a skill that I wish came more naturally (and quickly) to me. Some of my favorite garden writers are able to do this. But, it is evident that real human writers spend more time “thinking” about the subject and what the words actually mean.
The other thing I noticed is that ChatGPT used more headers (something one of the WordPress experts told me to do – I forget why – something about making content easier to digest by readers and for search engines to find). The tips were something new too.
- “where chaos meets cultivation”
- “a dance with chaos, a tango with tempests”
Giggly, cringey moments
- “the air is pregnant with the scent of wet earth and anticipation”
- “the plants, resilient as ever, nod approvingly at our audacity”
- “These moisture mavens thrive in the midst of the Pineapple Express’s watery waltz” – OMG, too much!
- I also disliked all the woo, pseudoscientific stuff around tip 3 – coffee grounds, mushrooms posing a threat – it just wasn’t precise enough for me. It was all written so vague as to be almost completely useless.
I will be toying around with ChatGPT again, though I won’t post the results as my own original content without making a disclaimer first. Anyway, what do you think? Is AI coming for our blogging jobs? Have I made it easier for machine learning to take something innately human away from us? I’m going to keep blogging regardless of whether AI can do it better than me or not, mainly because it is a way of organizing MY thoughts and writing about things that interest ME. If I had ChatGPT do everything, I don’t think blogging would be half as rewarding. Blogging is my way of making sense of the world. It helps guide my growth as a gardener and connects me to other gardeners around the world. I don’t want to lose that to another mindless, automated piece of software. I do want to explore what ChatGPT means for us though. Can it be useful? Can it point out problems? How is it at editing and getting me out of a writing rut? Exciting times are upon us whether we like it or not. How do we keep up enough so that we don’t fall behind?
I’ll leave you with one last thought – I took the paragraph above and asked ChatGPT to edit it for clarity. Here is what it came up with.
I’ll be experimenting with ChatGPT again, but I won’t publish the results as my original content without a disclaimer. So, what’s your take? Is AI poised to take over our roles as bloggers? Have I unwittingly made it simpler for machine learning to snatch away something inherently human from us? Regardless, I’ll continue blogging, whether AI can outperform me or not. Blogging serves as a means to organize MY thoughts and delve into topics that interest ME. If I had ChatGPT handle everything, the gratification from blogging would likely diminish significantly. Blogging is my method of comprehending the world, fostering my growth as a gardener, and establishing connections with fellow gardeners globally. I’m not willing to forfeit that to another mindless, automated piece of software. However, I am curious about what ChatGPT signifies for us. Can it be a valuable tool? Can it identify issues? How proficient is it at editing and pulling me out of a writing slump? Regardless of our preferences, exciting times are upon us. The question is, how do we stay sufficiently abreast of these changes to avoid falling behind?