I am a fast typist, so I’ve always typed my blog posts. But sometimes, my typing lags behind all the words floating around in my noggin, and I need to speak my mind.
I checked out Google Docs voice typing tool and love it. This feature works only in the Chrome browser, only on the desktop version of Chrome, and only with Google Docs – not on other file types.
But still… it’s free and easy, and who can argue with that?
Launch or open a Google doc.
Find the “Tools” tab in the navigation bar and select “Voice Typing.”
Before your first session, it’s a good idea to review Google’s voice commands.
Here’s a helpful video that explains how to use several common voice commands.
My dictation sample
Here’s the sample text I dictated, exactly as it looks on the Google doc:
I am dictating this blog post using the lapel mic from my digital voice recorder. I simply plugged it into the mic output on my laptop and started talking.
As I get to the end of each sentence, I say the word, period, It inserts a. At the end of the sentence. See I need to work on the editing commands a bit!
I say, “new line” and then I repeat “new line” again and it double spaces between my paragraphs. Usually.
As I’m speaking, there is very little lag time between when the words I dictate display on my Google doc.
I watch the short YouTube video that explains how to use several of the voice commands, and discovered that I can say, “new paragraph,” instead of saying “new line” twice. Makes sense!
Why dictate blog posts?
Studies show that writing and speaking are supported by different parts of the brain.
I am a “written words” person and live largely inside my head. So I’m hoping that by exercising the speaking portion of my brain, I’ll become a more creative thinker. One can always hope!
Dictating blog posts is also helpful for visually impaired people, and for auditory learners.
One of my sons is an auditory learner – he remembers everything he hears (and I mean everything). When he attempts to write or type an essay, it’s a jumbled mess. But he can flawlessly dictate a multi-page essay and nail it on the first draft.
What’s your preference?
- Do you draft blog posts longhand, type or “thumb” them, or dictate them?
- If you dictate or voice record blog posts, why do you prefer that method?
- What software/app do you recommend? Evernote? Dragon? iOS/OS X? Google Docs? Other?
Would love to hear your thoughts.