This is the 9 Awesome Reasons to Dictate Your Blog Posts. In this post, you’ll learn the many reasons you can increase your productivity, write better, and get more words on paper by dictating instead of typing. This is the secret to doubling your writing speed.
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Dictation and Blogging
Dictation is an absolute game changer when it comes to writing. I don’t care how fast you type, how well you type, or how proud of your typing you are. You can still talk much faster, and you have a lot more practice at it.
Think about how much you talk versus how much you type. I would be surprised if during the day you type as many as 1% of the words that you speak. This means you have nearly 100 times the practice speaking that you do typing.
It also means if you haven’t tried dictating your blog posts yet, you are missing out. It’s not as difficult to do as you might think at first, and you may already have the tools you need right in your own pocket.
There are a lot of reasons that dictating is far better than writing by hand, and I’ll show you several of them in detail coming up.
Double Your Writing Speed
Starting with the very best reason, you can literally double and in many cases more than double your writing speed simply by switching to dictation. Again, it doesn’t matter how fast you type, you can always talk faster.
This is one of the best parts about dictating. When you speak, you’re very familiar with the process, so the words come out quickly. You don’t have your fingers and the keyboard to slow you down, and your thoughts are a lot more fluid.
This let you move from idea to idea much more quickly, and once you establish a good rhythm, you’ll easily lay down twice the amount of words that you would with a keyboard or more.
This means you can take a half an hour lunch break and turn that into 2000 or 2500 words in a an organized blog post. Where it might’ve taken you an hour plus to do the same thing by hand, you’ve now written an entire long form blog post on a lunch break.
Easier than Learning to Type
Another thing that’s awesome about dictation is that it’s very easy to learn. If you can talk, you can dictate. This is a lot different than learning how to type, which for many people is a skill that seems like it will never improve.
There are a lot of folks who would love to write but know they don’t type very well. This can be a significant burden, and it could mean not even starting the process. There are potential bloggers that I’ve met who told me they haven’t started because they don’t type well.
It’s so sad to hear this, because even if you don’t want to spend the time learning how to type, you can always dictate and get better results anyway.
Dictation is one of the fastest things to pick up, and it’s really more about the process of using your device then it is about talking your way through a blog post. That part comes really easy, the technology part can take a pinch of practice, but it’s still quick.
You Write More Conversationally When You Dictate
One of the best things about dictation is that it lets you write more conversationally. It’s been shown over and over that people enjoy reading something that feels like another person is telling you a story. That’s called conversational writing.
With the keyboard slowing you down, it’s easy to write in a way that’s not consistent with the way that you speak. This can actually create writing that is dry, stuffy, and definitely not enjoyable for your reader to consume.
With dictation, especially if you frame your mind as if you are speaking to a good friend and teaching them something, it’s very easy to be conversational. It’s one less thing to worry about, and you’ll be very happy with the flow of your writing.
Conversational Dictation Tips:
- As you dictate, look at a picture of a person, and speak to them as if they were in the room.
- Use the word “You” when you address them.
- Smile, nod, and allow yourself to make gestures as you speak. This will encourage the conversational feeling between friends.
- If you don’t have a picture, getting one is easier than talking to a pillow or an end table, but those will still work in a pinch.
- Carry on a conversation with this object as you move from point to point in your blog post outline.
- By the end, you will have a post that feels to the reader as if you are speaking directly to them, and it will be easy to read and enjoy.
See Also: How to Write Perfect Blog Post Outlines
Build Momentum Faster
The physical act of writing itself can be something that slows you down. Obviously that’s not a good thing, especially when you’re trying to build momentum in the beginning of a project.
When you dictate, the amount of work that you can produce in such a short amount of time is just amazing to behold. This is a huge confidence booster, and it can get you excited about how well you are burning through the material.
When you look back after a couple hours and see a pile of several completed blog posts, it makes you feel really good about the effort that you’re putting in. You’re seeing results right away, and you’re seeing lots of results. That part is even more exciting.
Less Restrictive to Your Thought Process
Something that I’ve noticed quite a bit since switching to dictation is that my thought process is a lot less restricted when I’m speaking. I type quickly, faster than most, but it still slows down my thought process too much sometimes.
If you’re a quick thinker, and you formulate your ideas rapidly, dictation is probably the only way you can get them all out of your head before you lose them. The keyboard will slow down way too much, and that can cause your writing to be less than it should be.
If you routinely notice that you struggle to grasp your idea, or you lose it fairly often and have to find it again when you’re typing, you definitely need to try dictating. It may be one of those things that’s a complete revelation, and fundamentally changes your process forever.
You Can Dictate Almost Anywhere
A fun benefit of dictation is that you can do it almost anywhere. While I don’t recommend sitting in the middle of a busy library and yelling at your iPad, you would be surprised how many places that you can dictate without anyone bothering you.
If you get up an hour early, you can sit in your living room and either talk to your computer or your tablet, or even your phone for that matter. It will record what you say, and then you can send yourself an email with the document.
When you’re at work on your lunch break, when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store, and even sitting in your car for a few minutes, you can dictate.
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More Convenient Than Typing
Dictation is also a lot easier because it’s more convenient than typing. You need less equipment, and even small keyboards can be a little large to haul around sometimes.
With dictation, you can even use a small recorder and then just use Dragon Premium to transcribe that recording for you when you get home. This means you can literally speak into your recorder, and then turn it into a document when you’re back at the house.
If you’re on the go quite a bit, consider dictating using a tablet, or using a small recorder and then translating it later. It just depends on what you’re comfortable with, but both methods will work perfectly well and it’s easier than hauling around a keyboard.
Save Your Documents Outside WordPress
A happy byproduct of dictation is that you are going to create a lot of documents. It’s not the documents that’s necessarily a good thing, it’s the fact that you will have all of your blog posts in more than one place.
Even with the best back ups and the best hosting, it’s still safer to have hard copy back ups of your precious work in a safe place. One day you may need all of these documents, and if that day comes you’ll be glad that you have them all.
I recommend saving them in a file on your computer, and then backing up that file to something that you store offsite like a DVD that you can leave in your locker or desk at work.
Export Document and Paste into WordPress
The way that you get your dictated documents into WordPress is simply copy and paste. You export your document in Word format, then highlight everything, copy, and paste it into your WordPress editor on your computer.
Just like magic, all the words will show up, and from there you’ll be able to format your headings, adjust your paragraphs, and then read through everything for spelling and grammar.
Dictation has come along way, and the software will create a very reliable and very accurate written version of anything that you say. That being said, it’s still not perfect, so you’ll have to go through and make some edits after you’re done.
You would have to do that anyway even if you typed out your post, so the editing process will remain largely the same.
See Also: Why You Should Not Edit While You Write
How to Get Started
By now you should be extremely excited to get started, and as I said earlier, you might already have all of the equipment you need right in your pocket.
The first and the easiest method is to take a look at your cell phone. If you have an iPhone, it has an app called Pages. This is your ticket to dictation, and it’s totally free.
Get used to working on the app, and familiarize yourself with the layout before you get started. When it comes time to start dictating, all you need to do is pull out your phone and launch the app.
If you don’t have an iPhone, search for an application that will work for your phone, and that allows you to export your documents in Word format.
Finally, if you use your home computer more than anything else, or a laptop, then you need Dragon Speech Recognition Software. I recommend getting the premium or professional edition, because that’s what will allow you to translate an audio file from a recording device.
If you’re going to buy it, just buy the better version because it’s really easy to speak into a microphone and then just push a few buttons to get a written translation.
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Your Blogging Assignment
Now that you know all the wonders of dictation, and how it can make a gigantic difference in your writing and your blogging, it’s time to take action. Your assignment is to dictate your very first post.
Pick a method, and if you’re completely new go ahead and pick a free method to start with. Write a nice outline, and then just dictate the post using the outline.
The easiest way to do this is to just put your cursor below your first heading, and then talk about it for a little while. Then, put your cursor under the next heading, and talk about that one for a while. Repeat this process until the end, and you’ll have a fully completed post.
If you start with a good outline, and work this way, you will be absolutely hooked by the time you get to the end of this first blog post. Even a long post might only take you 30 minutes to dictate, and in an evening you can knock out a week worth of content.
Enjoy your new superpower, use it wisely.