Automation is more than time-saving, it lets you do and create what you otherwise never would.
I publish these little articles with as much automation as you can imagine. If I did this manually, the steps would be:
- Add a publication date for the future to evenly space articles (I write loads, then stop for ages)
- Transfer to the computer which has the keys to upload this stuff.
- Commit it in a git.
- Convert the new article from Markdown to HTML.
- Transfer to the computer which hosts it on the web.
- Convert the new article from Markdown to Gemini.
- Transfer it to the computer which hosts it on the gemini capsule.
With that on the to-do list, I wouldn’t write more than a couple of things a year. However, once it’s all set up, I just write stuff, and it goes out.
Similarly, Wizards of the Cost could add different stats for their monsters, but instead they copy/ paste the same stats, or just tell people to reference stats from some book. Mistakes in those books cannot be fixed, or the page-number references to all those monsters and spells would be wrong. Conversely, with the BIND RPG, everything’s done with LaTeX, so I can just add a monster-block with a pre-made script, and all page references (including in other books) will update automatically. If I had to do all that manually, I wouldn’t bother.
And the rest:
- updating all computers I have? Automated.
- checking my website’s up? Automated.
- getting a video on the download list, then watching it later? Automated.
Et c. et c.