Whelp, it finally happened. I’ve been replaced by a plagiarism machine.

After 9 years, the marketing company I freelanced for decided to move their content production inhouse to an AI Powered team. They called it a cost-saving measure and, by the look of how much they’re paying the internal writers, they are definitely saving money. In-house writers are earning per hour what freelancers were paid per article, and we weren’t getting paid much.

Despite the low pay, though, losing this gig hurts. I have a full-time offline job, so it doesn’t sting as much, but this gig paid some of my living expenses and those bills are still due whether I have money to cover or not. Unfortunately, I only got about a month’s notice that the gig was ending, and I am not prepared. Like at all.

*sigh*

This is a good reminder that corporations are not your friend, no matter how “nice” they seem. The company built their business using our labor and wasn’t going to tell us it was firing us. They were forced to say something when a fellow freelancer found their job advertisement for the AI team. They then said it would be about 2 months before everything switched over. I log into my dashboard today to see they’re turning the lights off in 3 days. Nice.

I think the company has doomed itself. Ignoring the fact that AI text generators are just plagiarism machines with fancy names, the content they produce will not perform as well as the company hopes. Among other issues, I heard the almighty search engine god, Google, is working on ways to detect AI content and will devalue it in its results. I suspect the company will switch back to human-created articles in a year or two, but that doesn’t really help me now.

If I’m honest, though, I feel a bit relieved. I’ve been struggling with burnout for the past several years. I think it’s past time for me to move on from freelance writing, but I’d been too afraid to do it. I think the ancestors had enough of my bitching and just closed this door for me, which I appreciate, but I also hope they have a plan to get me some quick cash (like about $3,000) so I can pay these bills.

Anyway, since learning about this loss of income, I’ve been thinking about what I could do to replace it. I have some ideas I’ve been half-ass working on, such as opening a stationary shop. I’ve been doing some research and I think I can get something going here. I’m also going to work on my fiction writing, but I’ll talk more about those things in an upcoming blog post. If you want to help, please feel free to leave a $ tip on my Ko-Fi account or a job tip in the comments. Thanks for listening.