You may not have realized, but you actually do have a personal assistant with you at all times. It's hidden inside of your phone and is called voice-to-text (voice dictation also). This is the "person" that can type a rough draft of your blog posts for you simply by talking to "them". I have been using voice-to-text to create my blog posts for the last three posts on here, and let me tell you...time saver! I've mentioned how terrible Atlanta traffic can be, so I decided to use the time doing something productive in the safest way possible. As my husband says, and I quote:
"Down time is up time."
Here's my process for voice-to-text blog posts:
1 / Open my Google Doc called "Blog Post Holding Place"
I use this doc for all posts and just delete the contents once the post is live. This doc is available offline as well so that I can edit it even if I have no connection.
Make sure that your phone is connected to the car charger so that you don't run out of juice.
3 / Talk my blog post out
There are various commands that you can speak to insert punctuation and start a new line/paragraph.
4 / Copy the contents from the doc and paste it into a new blog post window
Once I am ready to get to work on the post when I'm around a computer, I copy and paste everything over. At that point the post is nearly complete and I hadn't even started typing anything yet!
5 / Edit the post
It's inevitable that voice-to-text will not pick up every single word or phrase correctly, so I read through the whole post and make changes where necessary. Really this is no different from what I normally do when editing blog posts.
This process wouldn't be as smooth if it weren't for Google Docs. I can conveniently edit a document on one device then pick up where I left off on another.
You may be thinking, "I take the train/bus/uber or carpool, so how can I do this without looking like a crazy person?" Well you can always type your post into a Google Doc manually, and though the phone fairy won't be typing for you, you will still be maximizing your time.
If you're interested in trying this out, I have created a handy, free voice-to-text cheat sheet of phrases/words to say when using voice dictation. I found these phrases on the google voice-to-text help page, but it's formatted nicely in my document :) Click the button below to sign up and get access to this cheat sheet available in the Color Hug Freebie Collection!