From AI to DIY: The Horrible Day When ChatGPT Went Down

A Writer’s Survival Tale

Dan Foster
The Haven
Published in
4 min readJun 9, 2024

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I sat down to write my daily blog.

I poured a drink and plonked myself down at my computer, ready to churn out some fresh, cutting-edge content. But today, the unthinkable happened. I clicked on the most clicked-on bookmark at the top of my web browser, and this is what came up:

The digital apocalypse is upon us!

ChatGPT is down, and my life as a content creator is in shambles. How will I possibly produce content without my trusty AI sidekick? This is a disaster of biblical proportions.

“Calm down,” I told myself, “This is just a glitch.” And I frantically clicked refresh. But alas, the error message flashed across my screen a second time: “ChatGPT is currently unavailable.”

My heart sank.

My carefully curated evening routine was in ruins.

Attempting to Write Manually

With ChatGPT down, I was forced to resort to… ugh… my own brain. I stared at the blank page, the blinking cursor mocking me. How did people do this before AI?

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Dan Foster
The Haven

Writer, Poet, Blogger: Tackling life, faith, culture, religion, politics, and spirituality. Connect with me: https://linktr.ee/DanFosterWriter