Blogging is something that I have been doing since 2012 (you can read more here, if you’d like). However, despite this fact I am still unable to post as often as I would like. The sad part is that the reason why I am not posting as often as other bloggers does not have anything to do with lack of ideas. I have those, hundreds of them in fact and they are waiting for me to develop them into articles. The reason why I am not writing more is due to the fact that it takes me hours to write an article, hours I do not have. As you can guess, I have been looking for a solution so that I could fix this and make it easier for me to write faster and stop staring at a blank screen.
For a very long time, I was not able to find one. Then one day, I remembered that my Chinese roommate used to dictate her text messages (that is a trend it seems, as Qz explained it in an article I cannot find anymore). This gave me the idea to try out the speech to text function of my Notes app from my phone. It would have been the perfect solution, considering just how much I enjoy talking. However, it did not work as planned. The idea itself was good, I would finish dictating an entire blog post in around 20 minutes, but the text was mostly unreadable. Had it worked, it would have had a great impact on my blogging. This was not the answer to my prayers, at least using my beloved Notes app wasn’t. The speech to text function might work for some of you though, as the reason it failed for me is probably due to the fact that I am not a native speaker.
I gave up on the idea of using speech to text as it seemed like a lost cause. However, then I got a tweet from Lauren at colorhug.com that changed my life. After learning about my blogger problem, Lauren sent me the link to one of her blog posts on how to maximise your time by using the Google Docs speech to text function. You can read the entire blog post here.
Until Lauren got in touch, I never actually considered using Google Docs to write my blog posts. I write almost all of them in the wordpress editor or the Notes app that comes preinstalled on Apple products. At first, I was a bit skeptical. I tried the speech to text function of Notes and it was a huge failure. I did not want to get my hopes up as I had seen the potential of using such methods and I really wanted it to work. Despite it all, I decided to take Lauren’s advice and see what happened. To my immense surprise, the method worked! I first tried it on my phone, but still some of the words were not quite what I had spoken so I then moved to my laptop as that would have made it easier for me to edit the post as I went along. However, I found out that the function does not work on my laptop. It didn’t work even though I installed an add on to facilitate the use of the function. Oh well, you cannot have it all. I settled on using my phone.
Now my blogging process consists of dictating the blog post in a Google Doc on my phone and then moving to my laptop to make a few changes where appropriate. This is incredibly easy to do and it saves me lots of time, time I can spend working on something else or even on writing more posts.
To bottom line is that applying this technique made a huge difference to my blogging routine. In a way, it even made writing a blog post a bit more enjoyable. I do recommend you give this technique a try and check out Lauren’s blog post where you can find all the instructions you need on how to set this up.
Do you have any other blogging tips and tricks you want to share?
If you do, then please leave a comment below with the technique or a link to the relevant article.
PS: This article was written using the method I have been describing, at least its initial form was.