How to Post to a WordPress Blog from a Dictation Machine

I got chatting to a guy at work who has a passion for blogging. Since I have a bunch of spare time on my hands now that my Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted, I thought I would give it a try. I started a blog for fun a few months ago and had no idea how to go about posting to it. He asked me if I used a stenographer, and I said no, I use a computer. He suggested I should try out a Dictation machine because they are really quick and easy to use.

So, I picked one up and gave it a try. I actually started out using the computer version because it was less expensive — until I tried out the Dictation machine. The difference is night and day, I could actually post to my blog in under 5 minutes from the moment I hit the “publish” button on my phone. The computer version took me at least 10 minutes just to push the same button. The quality is also a whole lot better too.

Why Should You Try Out a Dictation Machine

I was curious as to why someone would want to use a Dictation machine, so I did some research. Here’s what I found.

  • It eliminates the need to hunt down a computer/laptop to type out your posts.
  • You can dictate your post directly into the app, and it will translate it into text.
  • You can do this while listening to music or speaking with someone on the phone.
  • The quality of the output is high, and you can check the progress in real-time as you go. There’s no jumping around from window to window to keep track of your productivity.

How to Use a Dictation Machine

So, you’ve decided to try out a Dictation machine. Congrats! Now, you just have to figure out how to use it.

Here’s what you do.

  • Install the app on your phone
  • Set the Dictation speed to your liking
  • Make sure you have a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed by noise (e.g. a library, Starbucks, etc.)
  • Once you’re set up, you can just start speaking and let the app do the rest.

That’s it! Now you can just sit back and relax while your phone does all the work. Of course, you can still intervene by speaking a phrase or word to stop the app and start over again. But other than that, let the algorithms do the work.

The whole process from start to finish was pretty simple. I’m not sure how well it will work for people who are super-efficient with their fingers, but for me, it was a breeze. I can type at least 70 wpm on the keyboard and have only a few errors, which I can correct easily. So, I really enjoyed using this tool and think that it should be considered a necessary item for all bloggers.

Do you use a Dictation machine to write your posts? How has it worked out for you?