Website screenshot of The Christmas Country Fete
Website screenshot of The Christmas Country Fete

June Update

Happy New Website...

Happy New Website day to The Christmas Country Fête!

The new website for The Fête is up and running, with Early Bird tickets now available for purchase.

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

Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you're thirty-five is against the natural order of things.

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.)

Listen up, fellow humans! According to the wise words of someone, somewhere, anything invented between fifteen and thirty-five is the cat's pajamas! Like, totally awesome! And you know what? You've still got plenty of time to jump on that bandwagon and make a name for yourself. But beware, my friends, after age thirty-five, apparently it's all downhill from there. It's like the universe says, "Sorry, you're too old to handle all this newness." But hey, don't let that stop you from trying! Keep those creative juices flowing and maybe, just maybe, you'll be the exception to the rule. Don't let the natural order of things hold you back!

Thanks for Reading!

– Kristie

*apologies to GenZ for using the word cringe, undoubtedly that was totally cringe of me.

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