Showing posts from June 4, 2023

Google Doesn't Mind AI: Why You Shouldn't Either

No time to read? Listen to this article on Spotify .  A recent Facebook debate caught my eye, where an individual was reluctant to assign tasks to his writers due to the fear they might utilize AI tools like ChatGPT. This sparked an intriguing thought: if the content is engaging, original, informative, and serves its purpose, does it matter who or what writes it? Intriguingly, it seems Google, the titan of the digital world, agrees. As we navigate the digital landscape, AI isn't a futuristic fancy anymore. It's a co-contributor in our content creation process. No, we're not living in an episode of " Black Mirror " where AI's writing poetry. But the fear of being replaced seems to be at the crux of the issue. As the primary influence in content marketing, Google appears unfazed about who (or what) crafts the content. Rather, they emphasize ' E-A-T, ' standing for Expertise , Authoritativeness , and Trustworthiness . Essentially, the quality of the conte

The Untold Realities of Starting a Freelancing Business

No time to read? Listen to this article on  Spotify .  As a freelancer, I've ridden the rollercoaster of self-employment more times than I can count. I'm not here to discourage you from taking the plunge. On the contrary, I aim to shed light on the realities of the freelancing world, warts and all, so you can enter it with your eyes wide open. If you've been employed for several years and you're dreaming of dipping your toes into the seemingly placid waters of freelancing, I'm here to show you the rip currents that lie beneath. The " if others can do it, why can't I? " mindset is a strong driving force, and there's nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's one of the reasons I decided to go freelance myself. However, having been there and done that, I can tell you it's not all smooth sailing. There's a lot more to the freelancing world than meets the eye. It's not just about quitting your 9-to-5 job, setting up your own work schedule,

ChatGPT and The Future of Freelance Writing: The Threats, Opportunities, and The Art of Humanizing AI-Created Content

One crisp November day in 2022 introduced me to a writing phenomenon: ChatGPT. Like a cold wind from the digital abyss, this AI language model turned my world of freelance writing on its head. With its efficiency and uncanny knack for human-like prose, I saw an ominous specter looming over my career. I’m not alone in this boat. Freelance writers everywhere are grappling with unsettling seas. Competition is fierce, opportunities scarce, and as the world emerges from its pandemic cocoon, remote work seems less enticing. On top of all this, Upwork, the once-trusted platform, redesigned its algorithms favoring corporate greed over freelance livelihoods. Let me tell you about my friend Sarah, a gifted writer who had made a name for herself in the freelance world. When ChatGPT became mainstream, she lost a prominent client who found the lure of AI-created content irresistible. Listening to Sarah's voice on the phone, heavy with fear and uncertainty, was like staring into a mirror reflect

From Whispers to Hashtags: Navigating and Transforming the 'Marites' Phenomenon in the Philippines

Is the name 'Marites' familiar to you? They're the constant whisperers and commenters in our vibrant Filipino communities. Maybe you've been a victim of their tsismis, or even a target in an unsettling social media storm. These encounters may seem inconsequential, but the emotional impact can be profound, and the resulting social ripples can disrupt the unity of our communities.  This blog aims to provide a comprehensive guide on managing the Marites in your life and cultivating a culture of positivity that can drive transformative social change. The Origin and Usage of 'Marites' My sincere thanks to  @SarkisAlyTV  for allowing me to borrow this video. Subscribe to their channel here .  In the vibrant and rich tapestry of Filipino culture, language plays an integral part in shaping societal norms and behaviors. One such cultural artifact is the term 'Marites,' a name that has found its way into popular parlance, symbolizing rumor-mongering. But where did