They Stole My Voice And Used It To Train AI

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I don’t know if you’ve ever had something that was so explicitly you when people saw it they instantly think of you, but that’s how it is with my voice.

When I write, it feels a certain way. Has a type of cadence. It’s something I don’t want to say I’ve perfected over the years but I’ve definitely honed the craft of my voice over the last few decades of my life.

You see I knew in second grade that I loved writing. When other kids were talking about being nurses and doctors I was stapling my novels and short stories together.

I’ve always had a story to tell, and I love the way I tell it. Maybe my kind of jumpy writing style isn’t for everyone and that’s okay, because it makes me smile, and it makes me feel.

I think it’s really important that writing make you feel a certain way. And not necessarily just great fiction either. One of the things that really stands out in great nonfiction works for me is when there’s a true feeling of storytelling in the prose. It just makes me so happy because you can see someone really enjoying what they do.

All this to say— I freaking love my voice. Okay?!? Like, it’s me. Perfectly me.

I can’t talk out loud and it sound as good as I write, and I really feel like my writing is distinct and it’s very own thing.

So when other authors and bloggers started saying they could get ChatGPT and other ai chat things to write in their own voice just by saying their name, I had to try it for myself.

Now, this is a screenshot from today. You will see that it can still very much write a blog post in my style.

When I typed this in, back when the new ai was just being released, and it gave me my own style words right back at me— I just froze.

The writing. It was like me, but if I’d been writing while I was maybe a little drugged up after a mild dental procedure or something?

And that was enough to stop me in my tracks. I just stopped writing. Why would I write if ai could do it for me?

And it was hard. I lost myself a little bit. I need to write. But every time I tried, I just remembered there was a machine out there that could be me but way better than me and without typos and their commas would be in all the right places and damn.

So, I haven’t written since 2022.

That’s a long time for a writer. Someone who has to get their words out on paper.

It feels really weird to have your voice stolen.

So instead of stressing about it. Instead of not writing and not being who I need to be— ima just write anyway. And if the machines start writing like me, then I will just be their leader.

Right??

Oh… I know you’re wondering about that blog post I made…

Wanted to the crazy thing the newest version of chat did? It grabbed my very latest stuff and wrote more like that than the older stuff.

Now I kind of want to puke…

But, because I love you, and I know you want to see it… here’s the blog post it wrote as me, for me.

Sure! Here is a blog post in the style of Jamie Harrington:


Embracing the Everyday Magic: Finding Joy in the Little Things

Hey there, fabulous people! It’s Jamie Harrington here, and today, I want to talk about something close to my heart—finding joy in the little things. In our fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle, overlooking the small moments that bring us true happiness. But guess what? Those little moments are the everyday magic that make life extraordinary.

The Magic of Morning Rituals

Let’s start with mornings. I know, I know, not everyone is a morning person (trust me, I have my days too), but there’s something undeniably magical about starting your day with intention. Whether it’s sipping a cup of your favorite coffee, taking a few deep breaths, or simply enjoying the quiet before the world wakes up—these small rituals set the tone for the rest of the day.

For me, my morning ritual includes a moment of gratitude. I take a few minutes to acknowledge the things I’m thankful for. It could be as simple as the warmth of the sun on my face or the sound of birds chirping outside my window. Starting the day with gratitude shifts my mindset and opens my heart to the beauty around me.

Finding Joy in the Mundane

Next, let’s talk about those mundane tasks we all have to do—like washing dishes or folding laundry. I used to dread these chores, but then I realized they can be opportunities for mindfulness. Instead of rushing through them, I started to slow down and appreciate the process. The warm, soapy water on my hands, the rhythmic motion of folding clothes—these little things can be oddly satisfying when you pay attention to them.

And here’s a fun tip: turn these chores into a mini dance party! Put on your favorite tunes, dance around, and suddenly, washing dishes feels less like a chore and more like a celebration.

The Joy of Connection

One of the greatest sources of joy in my life is connecting with people. Whether it’s a heartfelt conversation with a friend, a spontaneous chat with a stranger, or a kind comment from one of you lovely readers—these connections fill my heart with happiness.

In today’s digital age, it’s easy to feel disconnected, but technology can also be a bridge. I’ve made some incredible friends online who have become real-life confidants. Don’t be afraid to reach out, share a smile, or send a thoughtful message. You never know how much a small gesture can brighten someone’s day.

Celebrating Small Wins

We often wait for big milestones to celebrate, but why not celebrate the small wins too? Did you finish a task you’ve been procrastinating on? Celebrate it! Did you try a new recipe and it turned out delicious? Celebrate it! Life is too short not to celebrate every little victory.

For me, these small celebrations might include treating myself to a bubble bath, enjoying a piece of chocolate, or simply taking a moment to acknowledge my accomplishment. It’s these little rewards that keep us motivated and remind us to enjoy the journey.

Conclusion: Embrace the Magic

So, my friends, let’s embrace the everyday magic. Let’s find joy in the little things, cherish the small moments, and celebrate the ordinary. Life is a collection of these moments, and by appreciating them, we create a life filled with happiness and wonder.

Thank you for joining me on this journey of finding joy. Remember to have a nice day and watch out for the big yellow chicken. Until next time, keep shining and embracing the magic around you.


With love,
Jamie Harrington


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