Who are you writing for?

I noticed that some people are discussing and taking steps towards removing their websites from the Google index. I also discussed the topic via email over the past few weeks with a couple of people. The main concern is obviously AI and the idea of not wanting your content to be used as part of the training data for LLMs. This is something that bothers me as well and I even considered the possibility of adding a license to my site to make it clear that my content is intended for humans to be consumed, not bots. But the more I think about this issue, the more I'm convinced this is a losing battle. I write for humans. My content is here because it's useful for myself and hopefully for others. I don't care about LLMs, I care about humans. And no matter what I do with this site, if someone wants to "steal" my content and use it as training data, they will be able to do so. Every minute spent fighting this battle is a minute not spent focusing on what really matters: writing and connecting with other humans.

I won't bother removing my site from Google the same way I didn't bother adding all the fancy meta tags to help search engines discover my site in the first place. But hey, that's me. Maybe you have a different take on this whole issue and if that's the case I'd love to hear from you.

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