I’ve struggled with blogging consistently for a very long time but I think I may have stumbled upon the solution with which I can pump out content regularly and painlessly. This came about when I was in a discussion with my friend Eric. Eric has a tendency to go on tangents and go very deeply into topics. Sometimes he will talk at length for up to 20 to 30 minutes about any particular subject.
I realised recently that when Eric was speaking, everything he was saying would be perfect for a long form blog post. Eric needed something to help him turn his words into blog posts . If he’s like me (and most likely like you), Eric can’t really be bothered nor have the concentration necessary to sit in front of the computer and type 2000 words on a regular basis .
So what’s the solution? Well all it took was a simple Google search.
I looked up voice to text apps. I knew that in the past there was a program called dragon speak and from memory it was expensive and not very good. However this time when I searched online I found something new, it’s called Dictation.io. It was created by a fellow named Amit Agarwal and I’m very very grateful to him for having made it. You see, Dictation is a web based app (completely free) that allows you to talk out loud and it types your words onto the screen. In fact, I’m using it right now to write this blog post.
I haven’t had to touch the keyboard even once to type a single word in this post.
This is the first time I’ve written a blog post using this technology, and to be fair I’m not certain it’s going to be a cure for my irregular blogging habits. However, over the next few days I’m going to try using it consistently to create new contact.
The simple fact that I was able to write a new post in less than 5 minutes at this kind of length is quite encouraging. I have a little trick for making it feel a little more natural. I don’t actually look at the screen when I’m talking. Instead, I look out the window at the sky. I do this because I think to look at the screen whilst still talking would be quite off-putting and would distract you from the stream of consciousness that naturally occurs in your brain.
Curious though is why I haven’t heard of anyone else advocating for this method of writing. I follow a lot of different blogs and I’ve never come across this advice. You only have to look at web sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy to understand the value of being able to publish new content quickly and regularly.
Well, that’s enough talking for now – it’s time to press publish.