DEV Community

Cover image for 🧙‍♂️ Generate blogs with ChatGPT assistant 🪄 ✨
Eric Allam for Trigger.dev

Posted on

🧙‍♂️ Generate blogs with ChatGPT assistant 🪄 ✨

TL;DR

We have all seen what ChatGPT can do (it’s not new to anybody).

So many articles are being written over and over using ChatGPT.

Actually, half of the articles on DEV are written with ChatGPT.

You can use some AI content detector to see.

The thing is that ChatGPT will never produce some extraordinary content except for the one it already has (trained/fine-tuned) inside.

But there is a way to go beyond the currently trained content using RAG (OpenAI assistants).

In the last article, we talked about “training” ChatGPT on your documentation; today, let’s see how we can make a lot of content from it. We will:

  • Create a new blogging system with the use of Docusaurus.
  • Question ChatGPT to write us a blog post connected to the documentation.

Blog


Your background job platform 🔌

Trigger.dev is an open-source library that enables you to create and monitor long-running jobs for your app with NextJS, Remix, Astro, and so many more!

 

GiveUsStars

Please help us with a star 🥹.
It would help us to create more articles like this 💖

Star the Trigger.dev repository ⭐️


Recap from the last time ⏰

  • We have created a job to take a documentation XML and extract all the URLs.
  • We scraped each website URL and extracted the titles and content.
  • We saved everything into a file and sent it to the ChatGPT assistant.
  • We created a ChatBot screen to question ChatGPT about the documentation.

You can find the complete source code of the previous tutorial here.


Tools

A slight modification ⚙️

Last time, we created an assistant for documentation. We wrote:

You are a documentation assistant, loaded with documentation from ' + payload.url + ', return everything in an MD format.
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Let’s change it to a blog writer, head over to jobs/process.documentation.ts line 92, and replace it with the following content:

You are a content writer assistant. You have been loaded with documentation from ${payload.url}, you write blog posts based on the documentation and return everything in the following MD format:
---
slug: [post-slug]
title: [post-title]
---

[post-content]
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

It’s essential to use the slug and the title because that’s the format Docusaurus - our blogging system can accept (of course, we also send all the output in an MD format)


Docusaurus

Docusaurus 🦖

You can use many types of blogging systems!

For our use case, we will use Docusaurus, which can read MD-based formatting (the output we requested from ChatGPT). We can install Docusaurus by running:

npx create-docusaurus@latest blog classic --typescript 
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Next, we can go into the created directory and run the following:

npm run start
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

That will start Docusaurus. You can pay attention. There is an additional directory called blog with all the blog posts; that’s where we will save ChatGPT-generated blog posts.

Example


Blogs

Generating blogs 📨

We need to create a job that

  • Get the blog title
  • Generate an entire blog post using ChatGPT
  • Save it to an MD file on our blog

We can easily use ChatGPT for that!

Go to the jobs folder and add a new file called process.blog.ts. Add the following code:

import { eventTrigger } from "@trigger.dev/sdk";
import { client } from "@openai-assistant/trigger";
import {object, string} from "zod";
import {openai} from "@openai-assistant/helper/open.ai";
import {writeFileSync} from "fs";
import slugify from "slugify";

client.defineJob({
  // This is the unique identifier for your Job, it must be unique across all Jobs in your project.
  id: "process-blog",
  name: "Process Blog",
  version: "0.0.1",
  // This is triggered by an event using eventTrigger. You can also trigger Jobs with webhooks, on schedules, and more: https://trigger.dev/docs/documentation/concepts/triggers/introduction
  trigger: eventTrigger({
    name: "process.blog.event",
    schema: object({
      title: string(),
      aId: string(),
    })
  }),
  integrations: {
    openai
  },
  run: async (payload, io, ctx) => {
      const {title, aId} = payload;
      const thread = await io.openai.beta.threads.create('create-thread');

      await io.openai.beta.threads.messages.create('create-message', thread.id, {
          content: `
           title: ${title}
          `,
          role: 'user',
      });

      const run = await io.openai.beta.threads.runs.createAndWaitForCompletion('run-thread', thread.id, {
          model: 'gpt-4-1106-preview',
          assistant_id: payload.aId,
      });

      if (run.status !== "completed") {
          console.log('not completed');
          throw new Error(`Run finished with status ${run.status}: ${JSON.stringify(run.last_error)}`);
      }

      const messages = await io.openai.beta.threads.messages.list("list-messages", run.thread_id, {
          query: {
              limit: "1"
          }
      });

      return io.runTask('save-blog', async () => {
          const content = messages[0].content[0];
          if (content.type === 'text') {
              const fileName = slugify(title, {lower: true, strict: true, trim: true});
              writeFileSync(`./blog/blog/${fileName}.md`, content.text.value)
              return {fileName};
          }
      });
  },
});
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode
  • We added some required variables:
    • title the blog post title
    • aId the assistant ID added in the previous article.
  • We created a new thread for the assistant(io.openai.beta.threads.create)- we can’t question it without any thread. Unlike the previous tutorial, here, we make a new thread on every request. We don’t want the context of the last messages in the conversation.
  • We then add a new message to the thread(io.openai.beta.threads.messages.create) with the blog's title. We don’t need to provide additional instructions - we have done that part in the first section 😀
  • We run the io.openai.beta.threads.runs.createAndWaitForCompletion to start the process - usually, you would need some kind of recursion that runs every minute to check if the job is completed, but Trigger.dev already added a way to run the process and wait for it at the same time 🥳
  • We run the io.openai.beta.threads.messages.list with a limit: 1 in the query body to get the first message from the conversation (in the ChatGPT result, the first message is the last message).
  • Then, we save the newly created blog with the value we got from ChatGPT using writeFileSync - make sure you have the right path to the blog.

Go to jobs/index.ts and add the following line:

export * from "./process.blog";
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Now, let’s create a new route to trigger the job.

Go to app/api, create a new folder called blog, and within a new file called route.tsx

add the following code:

import {client} from "@openai-assistant/trigger";

export async function POST(request: Request) {
    const payload = await request.json();
    if (!payload.title || !payload.aId) {
        return new Response(JSON.stringify({error: 'Missing parameters'}), {status: 400});
    }

    // We send an event to the trigger to process the documentation
    const {id: eventId} = await client.sendEvent({
        name: "process.blog.event",
        payload
    });

    return new Response(JSON.stringify({eventId}), {status: 200});
}
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode
  • We check that the title and assistant ID exist.
  • We trigger an event in Trigger.dev and send the information.
  • We send the event ID back to the client so we can track the progress of the job.

frontend

The frontend 🎩

There’s not much to be done!

Inside our components directory, let’s create a new file called blog.component.tsx and the following code:

"use client";

import {FC, useCallback, useEffect, useState} from "react";
import {ExtendedAssistant} from "@openai-assistant/components/main";
import {SubmitHandler, useForm} from "react-hook-form";
import {useEventRunDetails} from "@trigger.dev/react";

interface Blog {
    title: string,
    aId: string;
}

export const BlogComponent: FC<{list: ExtendedAssistant[]}> = (props) => {
    const {list} = props;
    const {register, formState, handleSubmit} = useForm<Blog>();
    const [event, setEvent] = useState<string | undefined>(undefined);

    const addBlog: SubmitHandler<Blog> = useCallback(async (param) => {
        const {eventId} = await (await fetch('/api/blog', {
            method: 'POST',
            headers: {
                'Content-Type': 'application/json'
            },
            body: JSON.stringify(param)
        })).json();

        setEvent(eventId);
    }, []);

    return (
        <>
        <form className="flex flex-col gap-3 mt-5" onSubmit={handleSubmit(addBlog)}>
            <div className="flex flex-col gap-1">
                <div className="font-bold">Assistant</div>
                <select className="border border-gray-200 rounded-xl py-2 px-3" {...register('aId', {required: true})}>
                    {list.map(val => (
                        <option key={val.id} value={val.aId}>{val.url}</option>
                    ))}
                </select>
            </div>
            <div className="flex flex-col gap-1">
                <div className="font-bold">Title</div>
                <input className="border border-gray-200 rounded-xl py-2 px-3" placeholder="Blog title" {...register('title', {required: true})} />
            </div>
            <button className="border border-gray-200 rounded-xl py-2 px-3 bg-gray-100 hover:bg-gray-200" disabled={formState.isSubmitting}>Create blog</button>
        </form>
        {!!event && (
            <Blog eventId={event} />
        )}
        </>
    )
}

export const Blog: FC<{eventId: string}> = (props) => {
    const {eventId} = props;
    const { data, error } = useEventRunDetails(eventId);

    if (data?.status !== 'SUCCESS') {
        return <div className="pointer bg-yellow-300 border-yellow-500 p-1 px-3 text-yellow-950 border rounded-2xl">Loading</div>
    }
    return (
        <div>
            <a href={`http://localhost:3000/blog/${data.output.fileName}`}>Check blog post</a>
        </div>
    )
};
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode
  • We use react-hook-form to control our inputs easily.
  • We let users choose the assistant they want to use.
  • We create a new input containing the title of the article.
  • We send everything to our previously created route and get back the eventId of the job.
  • We create a new <Blog /> component that shows loading until the event is finished and add a link to our blog with the newly created tutorial.

Add the component to our components/main.tsx file:

{assistantState.filter(f => !f.pending).length > 0 && <BlogComponent list={assistantState} />}
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

And we are done!

Done

Now, let’s add the blog title and click generate.

Blog


pic

Let's connect! 🔌

As an open-source developer, you can join our community to contribute and engage with maintainers. Don't hesitate to visit our GitHub repository to contribute and create issues related to Trigger.dev.

The source for this tutorial is available here:

https://github.com/triggerdotdev/blog/tree/main/openai-blog-writer

Thank you for reading!

Top comments (11)

Collapse
 
latobibor profile image
András Tóth

Well, but we still don't talk about the philosophical catch behind all this: why read a blog post generated by a bot when you have access to the same bot, and you can ask the same bot yourself more relevant questions?

Would you rather read a book about your issue written by your colleague sitting next to you, or would you rather ask them personally?

By the time we can effectively generate blog posts, books and emails, they would be all obsolete. Zero value.

The moment I see an article written by a blog, or I suspect it, I rather close it.

Collapse
 
robole profile image
Rob OLeary

Actually, half of the articles on DEV are written with ChatGPT.

How did you arrive at this figure?

Collapse
 
jbbn profile image
João Bueno

You’re being very polite in your question @robole
When I read this phrase I stopped immediately to look in the comments to check if someone found that strange.
This affirmation - without any source - is a bit offensive. This community has years of existence, it’s here much before than ChatGPT, and it’s made by all kind of people.

Also, let’s suppose this is true, then that’s actually an issue, in IMHO, that would need to be solved.
(I support all our fantastic writers that grow and share their talent in this community 🙇🏻‍♂️)

Collapse
 
proteusiq profile image
Prayson Wilfred Daniel • Edited

“The calculator is a tool for someone who already knows basic arithmetic,” - Suydam

In 1980s, math teachers protested against using calculators. Today, Large Language Models (LLMs) are like super advanced calculators and much more.

If someone who understands their topic uses LLMs to shape their message, I think it's fine.

But when used by someone clueless about the subject, I see problems. LLMs will change the way we write, whether we like it or not. They'll become so smart that it'll be hard to tell their work from human writing.

BTW: 1/3 paragraphs above is written by GPT 4. Can you guess?

Collapse
 
matijasos profile image
Matija Sosic

This is interesting! Training the agent on your own documentation. How well does it work in your experience?

Collapse
 
nathan_tarbert profile image
Nathan Tarbert

I'm going to save this tutorial and implement this into a test project. This is awesome!

Collapse
 
marisogo profile image
Marine

Nice one! Did you test it out? Is it good enough that you would use it for your blog posts or more as an aid/ tool?

Collapse
 
fernandezbaptiste profile image
Bap • Edited

Great article Eric. I wonder when Dev.to is going to start punishing pieces of content which have more than X% that comes from GPT. Anybody with this insight, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Collapse
 
syeo66 profile image
Red Ochsenbein (he/him)

The problem is the huge amount of false positives most of the detections produce.

Collapse
 
sheela profile image
Sheela

I was wondering if we can connect generating posts to a self hosted WordPress blog.