Lazy idea man
Programming with ChatGPT has reminded me of an important insight: I am a lazy idea man. Sometimes I follow through on projects, but often my ideas are written down in a notebook and lost to time.
With the help of ChatGPT I managed to finish two ideas that I had sitting around.
- A simple script that picks two random cards from my card set and displays them side by side with links to card descriptions.
- A coloring page flipbook that can flip through different tops, middles, and bottoms to create 1000 variations (10 tops x 10 middles x 10 bottoms.)
The MVP just became a lot less minimal.
If I have time to write the idea out in a notebook, I might as well ask ChatGPT if it can build my idea. If I think of a new feature I want to try a minute later, it will adjust the code with a simple ask.
There’s never been a better time to be a lazy man with many ideas.
I told it I was using WP and it adapted the instructions. For the random card example, it told me, “You can add this code to a specific page or a WordPress template.” It didn’t go into more detail. I could have asked for specific instructions, but I figured that part out on my own. I ended up adding it with a plugin that managed code snippets, but I realized later I could have just dropped it all in an HTML block in the page. This is what I did for the coloring page flipbook.
Oh nice! Wow, your prompting skills is next level bro.
Interesting. From notes to MVP in less than a minute! So you ask ChatGPT to write the HTML code to embed in your site? I noticed it’s a Wordpress site… so how would it know how your wp theme is written like?