Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
Hey kids, I just discovered something terrific! It’s a function on my Mac that allows me to dictate text instead of typing it with my decrepit fingers. Now instead of risking carpal tunnel syndrome, I can just lean back in my chair with mic in hand and jabber jabber jabber. By the time you see it in the form of a blog post, it will appear as if I actually put some thought into the text. This is but an illusion.
Think of the possibilities. Instead of using both hands to type, you can be doing other more important things while creating your blog posts. You can eat something. You can play video games. You can read email, write a text on your phone, watch YouTube or Hulu, gaze longingly out the window as life moves along. You can probably do it while you drive! It’s the ultimate in multitasking.
At the moment, however, I’m not utilizing this tool to the maximum because all I’m doing is dictating this text. It feels a little bit counterproductive. In fact, I’m already beating myself up for not using my time more effectively by doing five other things at the same time. Maybe I’ll get the hang of this as time goes on but meanwhile you’ll have to wonder whether I’ve dictated a post or spent more than three seconds thinking about its content and actually composing it.
If you’d like to test this kind of software, you don’t have to purchase Dragon, since both Mac and Windows come equipped with speech-recognition features. They may not have all the bells and whistles that Dragon has, but they’ll get the job done.
So this is my first dictated post, and there’s a good chance that it could be my last. The thing is, you’ll never know…
Oh, one more thing — the software isn’t particularly great grammar-wise, so you’ll definitely have to go back and edit. I might have spent more time proofreading this than I did speaking it…
(PS — I’ve just confirmed that you can dictate text directly into the WordPress new-post screen, and, at least on my system, you can use the computer’s internal microphone. That makes for some super-quick blog post entries!)