The Fastest Way To Write A Blog Post

Posted in Busyness Blog, Productivity

As a "systems guy", I am always seeking to improve my current systems or to develop new ones that improve my personal productivity or streamline my business operations.  One of my main areas of focus is to produce high-quality, high-value blog post content with minimal effort (yes, this is also called leverage).  Producing and releasing valuable content on a consistent basis is one of the keys to developing a large, engaging and responsive group of followers.  However, writing such content is not always easy and is often time-consuming.  Here's my speech-to-text process for writing a blog post in only minutes.

Years ago, I messed around with Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) to try and speak my content ideas.  The technology wasn't bad.  I just didn't like that I had to be tied to my computer.  Ideas pop into my head at times when I do not have my computer around (in the shower, driving, working out, etc).  As a result, I rarely opened my DNS application and fell back on a good 'ole writing approach for my content.  That was...until now.

You already know that I am a huge proponent of Evernote.  I use Evernote on my phone, iPad, and computers and am always looking for new ways to utilize the platform.  In the most recent update of the Evernote phone app, I noticed that a 'speech-to-text' functionality had been added.  As soon as I saw this notification the neurons in my brain began to sizzle.  I'm now consistently and successfully following a simple process to write blog posts faster than ever before.  Here's the exact process that I am now using to produce blog posts (just like this one) in less than 15 minutes.

  1. Setup an Evernote account if you do not already have one.
  2. Download and install the Evernote app for your phone.
  3. Jot down a set of 3-5 "talking points" for your blog post or article
  4. Using the Evernote app on your phone, create a new note and click the audio note button.  What you'll probably see is just a microphone.  In order to activate the 'audio to text', you need to hold your finger on the microphone button.  Another little button will pop out that has a smaller microphone inside of a text bubble.  Click that button to activate the 'audio to text' recording.
  5. Speak your content into your phone by following the outline that you created.  Don't worry about making a mistake.  Your goal is to dictate as much of your new blog post or article as possible.  Click on the DONE button when you are finished.
  6. Enter the blog post title as the subject of the note, add any tags, and then save the note.
  7. Open the note on your computer and modify / edit the transcription to finalize your written content.
  8. Copy and paste your written content into your blogging platform.

Using this approach, I have been able to consistently produce a 300-500 word article in less than 15 minutes.  When you start out, it may take a little bit more time to write your articles.  However, if you work the process on a consistent basis you'll get better at dictating more complete articles which will reduce your editing time.

Using this approach, I am also able to avoid losing a great article topic that pops into my mind at inopportune times.  I find it easy and efficient to record my thoughts from almost anywhere using my phone.  What do you think?  Comment below and let me know if you use this or another similar process of your own.

  • Sally

    Thanks, Brad, for sharing this information!  I struggle with the time involved in creating my blog posts and will be trying this out TODAY!  Appreciate you!

    • http://Busyness.com/ Dr. Brad Semp

       You are absolutely welcome, @34d511b969b019f96c1992ce92b89394:disqus!  Hopefully it'll work for you just as well.  Definitely report back and let me know how it goes.

  • http://Busyness.com/ Dr. Brad Semp

    You are absolutely welcome, @34d511b969b019f96c1992ce92b89394:disqus!  Hopefully it'll work for you just as well.  Definitely report back and let me know how it goes.

  • http://blueheronwrites.wordpress.com/ Wendie Donabie

    Thanks for the great tip. I already use EVERNOTE on my Netbook... and just downloaded the app to my iPhone. I often struggle getting my blogs completed... This should help by getting those initial ideas recorded when they first pop into my head.

    I'm blogging with WORDPRESS at blueheronwrites.wordpress.com as a way to stimulate those creative juices for my more serious work. - Wendie Donabie

    • http://Busyness.com/ Dr. Brad Semp

      Thank you for your reply, @ca8a4ecc7f7195d186b70889d68f7366:disqus .  I'm excited to hear how well this process works for you.  Remember, change is not always easy.  Don't get frustrated, stick with it and continuously improve.  It may take some practice to streamline things and get it working fast!

  • http://mediasword.org/ Dave Webb

    Hey Brad, this is a great find, but apparently it's not universal yet. I tried it on my iPhone 4 and I get no little button popping out with a smaller microphone inside of a text bubble, just the regular audio note. My interface is different than the photo you show. Looks like you may be using an Android phone, Skitch integration is still not available for the iPhone either. But you can bet I'll be salivating for Evernote updates for now!

    • http://Busyness.com/ Dr. Brad Semp

       Hey @DaveWebb:disqus - you are correct.  I am using an Android phone.  Even on Android, I was only seeing the normal audio button.  It took me awhile to figure out that I had to hold down that button to get the speech-to-text button to pop up before I could select it.  BTW - 2 days ago I didn't have this feature...I updated my app and voila!  So maybe check your app updates.  :)

      Also, I just started messing with Stitch yesterday, too.  Here's my first stitch photo =>> http://instagr.am/p/KYTj4auQA8/

      Hope you are well!  Thanks for the note.

  • AndrewPower

    Hey Brad,

    I've been using dragon naturally speaking for a few years now (even used it to dictate a good portion of one of my 300 page books!).  It gets a bad rap from some people who don't take the time to train certain words.  As an aussie, it occasionally needs a small tweak with only a few words.  Once I've trained it, it never makes the mistake again.

    Like you, I often get good ideas when not near my computer.  The way I use dragon in this case is different.  I use my iphone and irecorder app to record the audio of my inspiration.  Later, when I'm on my computer, I use dragon's "transcribe" feature.

    This takes my entire mp3 and transcribes it into dragonpad where I have my text content ready to rock.

    Wanted to share my techniques with Dragon as it's saved me countless months of my life.  Glad to see that Evernote now also supports speech-to-text.  Be interested to see it's accuracy.

    Thanks,
    Andrew

    • http://Busyness.com/ Dr. Brad Semp

      Hey @AndrewPower:disqus - thank you for sharing your process for using DNS.  Yes, I agree that DNS can be an extremely effective tool...especially for folks who take the time to train it, etc.  It's great to see the process that you are using.  There are always many ways (sets of action) that can produce the same results and I love to see 'em.  :)

      Thanks,
      Dr. Brad

    • http://www.BrendanWenzel.net/ Brendan Wenzel

       Same here man. Once it's trained, it's a great program to have!

  • http://www.jamieflinchbaugh.com Jamie Flinchbaugh

    Just like Evernote continues to improve, so does Dragon. I've started using it more and more and really find it useful. I sometimes use it for long periods of time, which means listening to music and other background noise while I work is a little harder. 

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