Don’t Use ChatGPT to Write Articles. Use It For These Five Things Instead.

These have nothing to do with text generation, but I use them almost every day.

Zulie Rane
7 min readJul 31, 2023
two women in pastel pink futuristic suits and big aviator style glasses sit in a futuristic hallway and look into the distance. I like this photo to illustrate alternative ways to use ChatGPT because it evokes futurism and also not writing.
@Zaphod74 on Midjourney. Prompt: Interstellar travel if it was invented in the 70s.

Anyone who’s tried “write an article about [topic]” as a prompt to ChatGPT will tell you the truth: ChatGPT can’t write well at all. That’s not a secret. If you doubt me, ask it or any AI writing tool, to write a blog post. It will crank out very bad content that no real human will like reading.

Yet I’m still a ChatGPT fan. It saves me a ton of time and makes my job as a busy content creator a little easier. Here are five surprising non-writing applications I love using ChatGPT for.

1. Title optimization.

Titles used to take me about an hour a week — email subject lines, article titles, and journalist pitch subject lines. Now they take me about five minutes.

I use ConvertKit as my email provider, which has a really neat A/B subject line tester. This helps me with my content strategy — I usually send my best ideas to you in email format first and use that to test out which title is best.

Then, about a week later, I publish that on my website and my article with the winning title.



Zulie Rane

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