In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, artificial intelligence (AI) has emerged as a powerful tool that can revolutionize various aspects of our lives, including content creation. Blogs play a crucial role in disseminating information, sharing insights, and engaging audiences, so should you be using AI in blog posts? There’s been a lot of talk lately on AI in the content world, but for years many writers have utilized Jasper to write copy for industries like Real Estate and Marketing. It’s only been since ChatGPT garnered all the attention that people have begun to wonder if AI has its place in our toolbox.
I have attended AI workshops, copywriting seminars on the use of AI, and listened to my peers discuss AI. AI is useful in helping me generate topic lists, outlines, random ideas, and research. I found that AI can dig deep into the internet while searching faster than I can wade through a cluttered Google search. That saves me time and money.
I’ve also positioned myself as an editor of AI content. My job is to edit, confirm, rewrite, and otherwise clean up blog posts for clients that use AI. While this does not make me that much money, it has opened the door up for me to do full content and copywriting while moving them away from AI.
Is AI good or bad? Here are some quick pros and cons for you to consider:
Pros of Using AI in Blog Posts:
Time and Effort Efficiency
AI-powered content generation tools can automate the process of writing, saving valuable time and effort for bloggers. These tools can generate well-structured, grammatically correct, and SEO-friendly content, reducing the need for extensive manual writing and editing.
With AI assistance, bloggers can produce a higher volume of content without sacrificing quality. AI algorithms can analyze large datasets, identify patterns, and generate valuable insights, supporting bloggers in creating informative and data-driven articles.
Improved Writing Assistance
AI tools can serve as reliable writing assistants, helping bloggers improve their content. These tools can offer suggestions for sentence structure, vocabulary, and tone, enhancing the overall readability and coherence of blog posts.
AI algorithms can analyze user data, preferences, and behavior to provide personalized content recommendations. This capability allows bloggers to tailor their blog posts to specific audiences, increasing relevance and engagement.
Are we at the point where we’re reading novels written by AI? I hope not!
Cons of Using AI in Blog Post
Lack of Human Touch
While AI can generate coherent and informative content, it may lack the human touch and creativity that resonates with readers. Authenticity and emotional connection, which are often key aspects of successful blog posts, may be compromised when relying solely on AI-generated content. This is the one area that most people like me who write for a living realize will never be replaced by AI. In copywriting, you must strike the emotional response from the reader, and AI cannot do that.
Limited Contextual Understanding
AI algorithms may struggle to grasp the nuances of specific industries, cultures, or contexts. This limitation can result in inaccurate or inappropriate content generation, potentially damaging a blogger’s credibility and reputation. Human expertise and manual editing are necessary to ensure that AI-generated content aligns with the intended purpose and context.
The use of AI in blog posts raises ethical considerations regarding the transparency and disclosure of AI-generated content. Readers have the right to know whether the content they are consuming is created by AI or a human author. Lack of disclosure may lead to misinformation and erode trust between bloggers and their audiences. Proper labeling and transparency practices are essential to maintain credibility and ethical standards.
The argument here is that most of us use search engines to find answers to the questions we’re asking, so to what extent is AI different? At what point is it different for me to use that information to write a paragraph as opposed to AI writing that paragraph. AI is a better speller and typist, but the end result is the same –with less grammatical errors. For the most part, unless I’m quoting an article or citing a source, my information could have come from the back of the cereal box for all anyone knows.
Potential for Algorithmic Bias
AI algorithms are only as unbiased as the data they are trained on. If the training data contains biases, it can be reflected in the generated content, perpetuating stereotypes or discriminatory views. Bloggers must be cautious and actively monitor AI-generated content for any biases that may inadvertently seep into their blog posts. This is a bit harder to pinpoint, but worth noting.
There are a lot of benefits to using AI to assist you in your writing, and there is nothing wrong with using it as a research tool. I have discovered that the use of Grammarly to edit my work has caused more AI red flags to pop up than using AI to write. The key is the tone. The more personable the writing is the less likely AI detectors will go off. My automotive content is usually a bit stiffer, and that sets the flags to waving.
Not to go all Brazil on everyone, but at what point do we circle back on ourselves and start rewriting what we rewrote years ago?
If you haven’t seen Brazil, then check it out here or at your local library. It will give the term getting lost in paperwork a whole new meaning. This movie features Johnathan Pryce (Game of Thrones), Robert DeNiro, and Katherine Helmond (Soap). It was written by Terry Gilliam (Twelve Monkeys, The Fisher King.) I digress …
AI is a useful assistant that usually gets my coffee right.
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