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Is it possible to blog in the AI era?

I write short stories every now and then and I throw them online. I also have a tech blog, where I moan about the decisions software I use make and with my "infinite wisdom", I tell them what they should be doing instead.

I used to host both on Medium, but Medium got greedy. Then it was WordPress, but now even they're trying to be greedy bastards and use my shit for training AI.

Some would argue that WordPress paid hosting will exempt me from the AI training, but for less than 100 visitors a year, it's not really worth the expense.

So what is the solution? I ask the greater minds of this community for suggestions.

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[-] [email protected] 4 points 2 weeks ago

WriteFreely is pretty nice, it uses the ActivityPub protocol and is thus a part of the Fediverse - just like Lemmy and Mastodon.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago

I'm starting to like the idea of a writefreely more and more.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Maybe https://bearblog.dev, very simple but I think enough for writing stories, it's free, OpenSource and private.

  • A privacy-first, no-nonsense, super-fast blogging platform
  • No trackers, no javascript, no stylesheets. Just your words.
  • This is a blogging platform where words matter most.
  • Shun the bloat of the current web, embrace the bear necessities.
  • Looks great on any device
  • Tiny (~2.7kb), optimized, and awesome pages
  • No trackers, ads, or scripts
  • Seconds to sign up
  • Connect your custom domain
  • Free themes
  • RSS & Atom feeds
  • Built to last forever
[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

So I've been looking at this and my only issues are that it's not connected to the Fediverse and that it feels too sparse. I would like embedded image support. But thank you for the suggestion.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

You can embed images, using Markdown ![](image URL), same as here in Lemmy, also several themes. But yes, it isn't part of the fediverse.

Another possibility, if you have an own host, is using the Blue Velvet Editor, its a complete wordprozessor which works right in your browser (PC and Mobile), it saves the documents locally in Html format by default. So you can upload it as is to an host, as webpage. Free, private, no account and blazing fast.

https://bluevelvet.ssuiteoffice.com

Screenshot Blue Velvet Editor

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 weeks ago

Nothing to contribute that has already been said, but very interested in your blog as well!

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

Care to share your website url? I get interested on it.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 2 weeks ago

Sorry, this got lost in my inbox. Which one, the stories or the blog?

[-] [email protected] 11 points 3 weeks ago

So lets be clear - there is no way to prevent others from crawling your website if they really want to (AI or non AI).

Sure you can put up a robots.txt or reject certain user agents (if you self host) to try and screen the most common crawlers. But as far as your hosting is concerned the crawler for AI is not too different from e.g. the crawler from google that takes piece of content to show on results. You can put a captcha or equivalent to screen non-humans, but this does not work that well and might also prevent search engines from finding your site (which i don't know if you want?).

I don't have a solution for the AI problem, as for the "greed" problem, I think most of us poor folks do one of the following:

  • github pages (if you don't like github then codeberg or one of the other software forges that host pages)
  • self host your own http server if its not too much of an hassle
  • (make backups, yes always backups)

Now for the AI problem, there are no good solutions, but there are funny ones:

  • write stories that seem plausible but hold high jinx in there - if there ever was a good reason for being creative it is "I hope AI crawls my story and the night time news reports that the army is now using trained squirrels as paratroopers"
  • double speak - if it works for fictional fascist states it works for AI too - replace all uses of word/expression with another, your readers might be slightly confused but such is life
  • turn off your web site at certain times of the day, just show a message showing that it only works outside of US work hours or something

I should point out that none of this will make you famous or raise your SEO rank in search results.

PS: can you share your site, now i'm curious about the stories

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

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[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 weeks ago

Use the gemini protocol. No need to worry about bots or AI

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

The gemini protocol seems interesting.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

There are gemini to http gateways so the content is probably already crawled anyway.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 weeks ago

That's actually really cool. Not feasible as I want visitors, but cool AF.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

In spite of you saying it's not for you, I think that finding a cheap hosting for your blog is the easiest solution there. With some effort you can export your Wordpress.com site onto an actual free WP engine they sit above. Then, with plugins, here come autoreposts to other social media and whatever you want. Low traffic means you can choose an options with the lowest price.

As a bonus you can also host your portfolio page, get personalized email addresses, a VPN server to wherever it's hosted, and basically an environment you can put anything to, even your own Lemmy instance.

On the latter - the population of federated platform is very small but super loyal, and also lacking content. So I feel that even if you won't consider making or renting your own server, establishing your blog here can get you a lot of interactions. Probably, some admins won't mind if you make your own /c/ommunity for that as long as it's not abandoned.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago

Sorry it took me so long to come back to this. Because it was such a valuable reply, I kept it in my inbox so I wouldn't lose it. Thank you.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 2 weeks ago* (last edited 2 weeks ago)

You are welcome. Hope you'd get the most from whatever you choose (:

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

You could buy a cheap vps and host your stuff there with basic html that you could learn as you go if you don't know already. I think their are pre made licenses that you could put on there to stop ai training. You could also hide pages on it full of garbage data for anyone who ignores the license to get bad results.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

OP means Wordpress.com, a hosting website and a constructor using Wordpress.org engine. VPS solves it completely, but they don't find paying for hosting worth it.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

I used github pages, now I use codeberg pages. It's nice I suggest you try it out (for static content like a blog, it's great).

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

If it's about having your blog serve as AI training, it doesn't really matter where you host it, it's going to get scrapped and included in the data.

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[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 weeks ago

People forget they use Microsoft Windows to write Microsoft .NET on Microsoft VsCode to then push to Microsoft Github and host it through Microsoft Azure

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 weeks ago

Why not post your blogs to a fediverse platform? Do they need to be on a separate hosted system? You'll probably get more people reading and engaging with your posts if you are just posting to a Mastodon instance rather than hosting on a separate web platform and hoping that people stumble across it.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

Funny you say that. That's why I was kinda hoping for FireFish to be the new Tumblr, but that sadly didn't pan out. But one of my requirements for self hosting is Fediverse integration.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

Libre software, WordPress, can't bans us from removing malicous source code. Medium is service as a software substitute. If you don't want AI reading your text, don't share it.

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