I’ve been writing on the Web, off and on, since 1995.

Some years I was a *prolific* writer.
I’d post and post plus distribute content across numerous platforms and more. But as the years have kept coming, my writings over time became less and less.

Why is that?
Some of my pauses were due to the usual writer’s block that writers are, from time to time, naturally afflicted with. Other times it was more of a limited scheduling thing. But mostly, I was just so busy writing for clients (and their campaigns) across the years ; so much so that somehow, I just lost my own writing mojo.

And now, sigh, AI is here.
Unless you’ve been sleeping under a total rock, generative AI is all the rage these days, especially for writing.

While AI tools certainly have their uses, their increasingly powerful abilities are, in large part, made possible by two basic but key components:

  • insanely huge amounts of processing power (which most of us have absolutely zero control over)
  • the training(s) behind their large language models (LLMs)

The second bullet point is where we all come in.
While none of us have ANY control over the galactic surges of processing needed to power today’s AIs, we do have *some*, albeit super tiny, “control” over how the LLMs get trained. Kind of sorta … well not really 🙂 but any sliver of effort is better than doing nothing.

Allow me to explain …

  • For an AI to work, it needs an LLM to train it.
  • To train a single LLM, zillions and trillions of words and images are needed.

AI companies literally suck up every syllable and image pixel from the Internet (for starters) with insatiable and bottomless appetites, and even this vacuuming up of the world’s content is hardly ever enough so they have to additionally hit up numerous other offline sources just to train one single LLM.

In such content-gobbling quests, ethics and copyright often go out the window.
Search up this topic and you’ll readily find countless lawsuit after lawsuit (filed by some of the world’s most celebrated authors and creatives) against these AI companies for copyright violations already well underway.

I’m not really sure how I, nor we, can solve this gargantuan, growing, and real challenge.
With these contexts and expanding AI climate, I’m much more mindful today of what I post because the moment I hit the “Publish” button — either here on this blog as well as pretty much on any other platform — I’m essentially ringing the content dinner bell for AI LLMs to come on over and gorge on all my mental contents, produced from my organic brain and allegedly protected by copyright.

You, too, face these very same obstacles; we all do.

For these reasons, I myself have to think more than twice about what I’m willing to share or post here as well as elsewhere.
And it’s also for these reasons that I have to pull back a bit, as much as I reasonably can, when writing online because knowing that some AI’s LLM is going to suck it all up and monetize without me (and without you nor any of us) feels violating, discouraging, and demoralizing.

That all said, I’m a visual communicator and I absolutely love to write and produce art.
So I can’t and won’t stop writing or designing but I don’t feel I can do so as freely as I once could or did. And while I realize that PDFs and ePubs are not protected formats, at least I can attempt to (package and) monetize my own creative contents in parallel to the LLMs just usurping it (often without any regard to my own, and your own, livelihood(s)).

Having said all this, I’ll be posting on here from time to time, when something inspires me but often I’ll share just enough to express an idea. Beyond that, I’m working on safeguarding my own content themes and creative flair as much as I reasonably can offline so that I may have an opportunity, no matter how small, to monetize it before AI companies and steal it anyway.

I realize this form of resistance may be futile to exert or attempt but even so, it just feels right to do as I, for one, won’t go gently into that AI good night.

Until the next post,