Talk talk

Talk talk

If we are one of the many people who write for a living – be that fiction, journalism or indeed blogging – then we know how important it is to be able to write regularly.

For blogging in particular, it is important that we update our blogs at least once per day; and in an ideal world, three, four or more times per day on a regular basis.

Of course, with the busy lives we lead, one of the main challenges of doing this is finding the space – and indeed the time – in order to be able to do this. We are not always able to sit down in front of a computer keyboard and create fascinating and scintillating blog posts (such as this…)

Why not then take advantage of some of today’s innovative technology solutions in order to help us achieve our blogging and writing goals, with one of the speech-to-text translation applications on mobile devices such as Dragon Dictation. This app allows us to be able to speak our blog posts into our devices (trust me, it looks better doing this on the iPhone than on the iPad) and have them automatically converted into text which we can then copy, paste and of course – as the software is not infallible – edit before publishing.

This allows us to do two things:

  1. It saves us from having to sit and type our blog post from scratch
    It is claimed that speaking your blog post on having it automatically generated into text in this way is up to 5 times quicker than typing it in full.
  2. Whether these claims are true or not, probably the more useful advantage is the ability for us to blog anywhere we happen to be (apart from possibly a church or a library)

I beg your pardon?

As with many technology solutions, it is not perfect. I speak with – it has to be said – a rather appealing Scottish brogue. This means I have to talk slowly and clearly – a lot more so than I do in everyday circumstances.

As a demonstration of this, the following piece of text has been copied unedited from Dragon Dictation and is me reciting the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty in a broad and rather fast Scots accent:

Your people hunted & the wall
Humpty Dumpty had a day for
Auditing sources and other kinsmen
Could be hunted together again

Of course, this should have been:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

Actually, all things considered, that’s not bad…

(This blog post was created using Dragon Dictation and probably was around three times as quick to produce as typing it from scratch would have been)

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