Writing using speech-to-text for your blog: pros and cons

Speech to text for blog

If you don’t like to just sit down and write content, then maybe using a speech to text app is just what you need for writing your next blog post. I’ve tried it out on a long-form blog article to see how well it works. In fact a lot of this article was also written that way, using the JotterPad app (free) on my phone. Jotterpad is actually designed to be used with your phone’s keyboard, but will happily accept voice text through the microphone input button on your keyboard.

Regardless of which app you use or how you do it, here are the pros and cons of writing blog content with speech to text:

Pros

  • You can put your dead time to productive use.
  • You can actually enjoy your working surroundings more. For example, you can work while in the park watching the kids or curled up in a very comfy armchair.
  • You can work when inspiration strikes.
  • You can do it bit by little bit since you generally always have your phone with you.
  • More efficient than you think. You are not typically distracted by other things that you would be on the computer like Twitter and so on because you’ve only got really one window going with your speech-to-text.

Cons

  • It’s not as efficient as typing. Speech-to-text requires you to speak clearly and slowly with slight pauses between words. Odds are you can type faster than that, unless you struggle with typing.
  • Speech to text built-in software often gets the words wrong, requiring extra editing. In fact, for anything containing technical words, I wouldn’t recommend speech-to-text at all.

Conclusion

Writing content for your website using speech to text can be a helpful way of working and allows you to be productive even at times that you don’t have access to a computer. There are many free phone apps you can use for this; you simply speak into the microphone on your phone and it writes it into a text file. I recommend the JotterPad app. You can then email the file to yourself. When you’re next at the computer, simply copy and paste the words into your blog.

However, whether this method will be successful for you at producing blog content depends a lot on a) your personality and b) the topic of the blog.

If you much more readily prefer speaking to writing, and if your blog does not have a lot of technical or specialized terms, then speech to text can be a great option. However if you like to hop around working on different parts of the article, and if you find your ideas have more clarity when writing, then typing at the computer may be a better choice for you. I’m in the latter category, but I’m glad I gave it a try. And even though I may never routinely write using speech-to-text, I’ll be keeping the app on my phone for the occasions where inspiration strikes while I’m away from the computer.

I would recommend trying speech-to-text if you haven’t already; install a phone app for it, take a look and see if it’s a good fit for you.