What we've been up to:
It has been a busy month here, and I missed writing a June update. (Though, as I write this on the 1st of July in New Zealand, it is still June in some parts of the world. So I’m definitely counting this as the June update!)
Getting the new website online for the Christmas Country Fête was a real highlight this month. The event runs on October the 26th this year, and it looks like a lot of fun!
Mosaic the Office Cat has neglected the Easy Web Things Social Media a little, again. She gave no excuses, and simply admitted she just prefers snoozing in the sun.
It was exciting to see some snow appear on the mountains this month, then disappointing to see the rain wash it away, and then exciting to see it come back again.
Douglas Adams and Elementor AI
This quote is from an article written by Douglas Adams in 1999, titled “How to stop worrying and learn to love the internet.”
I’ve always harboured this quote in the back of my mind, and I may be showing my age but this year it’s been launching to the forefront of my mind on a regular basis!
Specifically around the subject of A.I. (Which I’m sorry so many of my updates have mentioned, but it’s been a much-discussed topic this year.)
Elementor, which I use daily, now incorporates AI text and image generation right there in the page builder. It’s just there, awaiting an easy click of a button to fill a page with content.
But, whenever I’ve been tempted to use it I’m disappointed that it doesn’t do my job for me and I still need to engage my brain. Maybe more so than usual. I spend too much time rolling my eyes at it, fixing it, huffing and puffing at it, and then I usually delete what it writes and I go back to the old fashioned way.
I’ve developed a special loathing for the generic AI style of writing. It’s stuffed with mindless filler. And if you choose any of the ‘personalities’ on the Elementor AI, it’s stuffed with cringe*. The only good news is, if you try it, you may start to value your own natural writing style a little more. And you will certainly appreciate writers who can get their point across neatly. (Not me. I use more than the Yoast recommended amount of passive voice don’t you know.)
Thanks for Reading!
*apologies to GenZ for using the word cringe, undoubtedly that was totally cringe of me.