I know Nate Riggs was talking to me several years ago about dictating blog posts with Evernote. For better or worse, however, I tend to only explore new features when whatever I’m doing is falling short in a really big way. When bemoaning a lot of car travel recently (which always feels like such dead time) to Woody Bendle, he mentioned how much he was using voice-to-text for creating content. Woody said he’d be happy to use the voice-to-text app for creating content we could run here on its benefits. The article below shares this great productivity tool; it spurred me to use voice-to-text to craft the first draft of yesterday’s post. Here’s Woody!
Productivity Tool – Creating Content with Voice-to-Text by Woody Bendle
If you are a regular follower of the Brainzooming blog, you are probably familiar with one of Mike’s tips for people wanting to get into the whole blogging thing: ABCC – Always Be Creating Content.
I don’t know that I think of myself as being in the ABCC camp, but I do continually think about different ideas that might make interesting articles. And, I can’t tell you how many times in my life I’ve had cool ideas pop into my head that later on I couldn’t remember. But no more!
Over the past year or so, I’ve been using an incredible productivity tool for capturing cool ideas: the Voice to Text feature in the Notes app on my iPhone.
This screenshot shows text generated from using this feature.
Now anytime I have an idea I pull out my phone, pull up the notes app, press the microphone button, and start talking. Voila – instant content! And, as you have more ideas you just keep adding them to your notes.
I personally don’t worry about how the thoughts hang together as I’m capturing them. I just keep riffing until I’ve got enough to work into an article. At that point, I email myself the text notes, copy them into Word, and begin the editing process.
What a time saver!
A couple additional benefits from using this tool?
- I’m actually much more aware of my thoughts, and
- I’m capturing many more of my ideas and thoughts than ever before.
So . . . maybe that does put me in the always be creating content camp after all. OK Mike, I guess you’ve created another convert! – Woody Bendle
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