Write Your Blog Posts With Your Voice

By | June 17, 2016

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I’m going to share this short cut with you as it helped me greatly. I don’t always have the time to sit at a computer with a keyboard and type, so I almost cut this out completely. Life would be so much easier if you could learn to, write your blog posts with your voice. I thought to myself, what if there is a way to blog without so much typing?

I have found an answer to this question. Talking is second nature to us, we use it wherever we go. We share our stories and experiences in less time that it takes to read a book. This lead me to realise, I don’t have to type, I can just speak what I want to write.

How can I get my pc to write for me?

This was an easy answer, all I needed was a speech recognition software and a microphone. Once it was installed, I would then be able to type hands free. This can be done in word or other programes. Under my windows start button I typed speech in the search bar, guess what my pc has it already built in and a mic. This gave me a head start in my blog post creation. I activated the speech recognition and it began to recognise my voice. It also taught me a few things I could say and do with it. This is good but as a beginner I found writing some of these down for reference helps. My speech recognition allows me to navigate my computer and open some programs. If I ever can’t get one to open I just say show numbers and choose what I want. Now I can type by talking to my pc and it will write for me in e.g word. Once this is done all I do is read it though and make a few edits. Next if I haven’t already got it on my blog post, I copy and paste it in and publish when I am done.

Have you heard the science behind speech recognition?

You might find this very usefull. We learned to recognize speech from the language when we were born. Our brains interpret language much like a computer into something we can understand. Take a  look at this video below to gain a better understanding of how computers process the voice just as we do:

What speech recognition software to get?

Normally I would guess it takes about half an hour for most people to write a blog post. Speech recognition software allows even beginners to shorten this time, even in half. If you are unsure of what speech recognition software to get, don’t worry. I will help you find it. There are many different types of voice speech recognition software, but here are just a few of the best speech recognition software:

  1. Speech recognition software Windows
  2. Speech recognition software for Mac
  3. Dragon speech recognition software
  4. Apple speech recognition software

Speech recognition software Windows:

  • You will find a lot of pc’s have the software built in but just incase you can always download a copy at: realize-voice.en.softonic.com This is a Realize Software it was designed to develop a more interactive speech recognition software that will enhance the user’s productivity and ultimately make computing easier.
  • If you are using vista then Microsoft recommends using: Vista dedicated software. A minimum of 1GB of memory is recommended. Also please note you will need to ensure your computer is running a genuine copy of Windows Vista (x86 or x64) (Currently, only US English-language editions of Windows are supported). I am unsure if this can run in Windows compatibility for other versions.

Speech recognition software for Mac:

 The best Mac recognition software I can find has made life easier for so many people. It is not only available as a download, it is also available as a purchasable physical product that’s even cheaper. You can get a download copy here: Dragon Dictate 3.0 (Mac) The full version download is £79.16 and physical copy is just £39.99. You can buy both the Dictate 3.0 Mac software and now the Plantronics Audio 310 Mono PC Headset usually £8.89 together for just £48.88 and free delivery with prime.

Dragon speech recognition software:

There are many different kinds of Dragon dedicated software but here are a few you can get as physical copies or downloads:

        1. Dragon for Windows 7 and 8 £62.50 – Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 13.0 (PC)
        2. Dragon 3.2gb download version £62.50 – Dragon Naturally Speaking Home Download
        3. Premium version with extra features £118.62 – Dragon Premium 13.0 (PC)

Apple speech recognition software:


If you are looking to accurately transcribe any audio file of your voice from podcasts or pre-recorded audio files then this is for you: Dragon Dictate for Mac 4.0 (Mac) it is currently on sale at £64.97. There is also a downloadable version for just £97.91. With this software you can create emails and text with ease, has voice control for gmail with safari and firefox browsers and more. This software is faster editing with pure 64-bit application and more improved accuracy over version 3.x. Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 recommended, supported operating systems: OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3) or OS X Mavericks (10.9) you will need to have ram: 4GB, 8GB+. There are also Wireless and mobile editions of this software available.

Did you know you can dictate to your tablet or mobile?

As I can log into my WordPress on my Samsung Galaxy Note. I can create a post using either a connected keyboard or one that is built in. Some find they are unable to log into their WordPress on some mobiles or device, that’s ok because you can still type in a notepad version for later use when you get to a pc. I know many tablets also allow you copy your text and images, this can be very useful if you also want to email them to another account. You will then have them all in one place at home on your pc or mobile device (good for a backup copy). My Samsung Galaxy has an extra feature on my popup keyboard. Just like google, it has a speech recognition mic built in. Now I can type by dictation to my tablet. The only thing I will need to do is insert some full stops and make a few edits. This is wonderful as it allows me to type on the go and frees up my time. This means my income potential will increase the quicker I blog and receive even more traffic. Now blogging does not take hours and I can have more fun with friends.

I hope you found this information useful and are able to find more free time like me. Now you can go out and be inspired, whilst recording your thoughts for later use.

All the best and to your success.

Carol – Webmaster.

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10 thoughts on “Write Your Blog Posts With Your Voice

  1. roamy

    Hello there Carol
    This is a very good post, writing a blog is not always an easy task, finding what to write, writing what people want to read, finding the right time to publish………….the list is endless.
    im glad to read there are speech recognition software out there as this can make writing easier, the only thing I’m worried of is? how will it affect my writing if my English is heavily accented?
    the prices seem ok too that is if it can do the work just as you say.

    Reply
    1. Mousie Post author

      hi,

      The software will learn to recognise your voice and when you first instal or follow a tutorial you will learn what commands you can give. I prefer to go back and add in things like commas and full stops after. The software does allow you to use commands to edit, delete and read text back to you. This is a good time saver and many people have proven it really works. I believe there are some review available to view.

      I thought you might find this video useful, It shows you The Dragon 13 Software in action:https://youtu.be/ImlKOA1MhlI

      I hope this was usefull to you.

      Reply
  2. ches

    What an interesting post and so applicable to what I’m trying to do ie. writing about my subject on a regular basis. I don’t seem to have enough time to do my posts and this voice recognition software could be an answer for me. I was always under the impression that voice recognition was in its infancy and had a long way to go before it was worth using, due to time needed to correct errors the software made. Are you saying that now we can completely rely on the software to accurately put all our spoken words into text with minimal errors? Ches

    Reply
    1. Mousie Post author

      Thanks for your comment. I have found that once I have set up speech recognition on my pc, its not too difficult to get on with. Normally when you first instal it you talk to it following the text it provides. This allows it to start recognising your voice and you intern are given an insight to what command you can use.

      Once you know the possible commands, you can write text, get it to repeat it, delete and edit it via your voice. You may wish to do this manually if you prefer or keep a record of some commands until you get used to them. It will save you lots of time. I tend to read mine and just replace a couple of words like: there and their or add commas etc as I find this easier.

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  3. Lee

    I think you’ve just saved me some money, thanks!

    I’m not exactly the type of person who rushes out to buy the latest gadgets, but I do have a handle on technology.

    Or so I thought.

    As a blogger, it usually takes me around three hours to write a post, not including finding images etc.

    I’ve only recently heard of this speech recognition software and thought it was new. Then I found that Dragon speech has been around for around 12 years (blush).

    I was just about to purchase it when I arrived here and you pointed out that there’s a similar thing already installed on Windows.

    Looks like that will do the job nicely.Many thanks.

    Reply
    1. Mousie Post author

      You’r very welcome. While there are many professional speech recognition packages out there you can buy. To get started cheap / free you can just use windows. This now comes with most personal computers and not everyone realises it is there. While windows may not have as many features as some packages, it does the job for you ok. You can use it to open word and type in it by speech. Once your done just paste it into your blog page or post. You will cut the time it takes to write a post by about 50%-80%. At first it can take a couple of attempts at getting used to, but you will soon be a wiz.

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  4. Sarah V.E.

    I have had such a hard time conveying my own personality with my blog! Speech/ voice recognition is genious and this post made me think to myself, ‘Why didnt I think of that?’ Thats when you know it’s genious 😉

    Thanks so much for sharing. Bookmarking for later!

    Do you have any tips on how to generate content on a regular basis?

    Reply
    1. Mousie Post author

      Hello,

      To create content what you need are ideas. there is nothing worse than getting stumped, but don’t worry you think of something. You also need to try and make a post regularly depending on your availability. Consistency is what you’re aiming for. Some people start out by posting once a day to find later, they can only once in 2 months or less. You want your customers to know your site is regularly updated and keep them coming back. While sharing content can help get the word out, google likes it when you post more often and will search your site more. This can increase your rankings.

      Here are a few tips to help ideas flow:

      Think about your website topic, what is it about? Your content should be made with a purpose in mind, this is usually to solve a problem. Think about what questions someone might have on your topic and make notes. I have found doing an internet search helps me find problems people are having. The notes or lists you make will help you when trying to make new content, they are useful to refer to later when you feel it’s time to ,make a new post. Ask people for their advice so you can become a better teacher in your chosen topic.

      There are so many things you can do but ultimately it comes down to 2 things having an idea and time. check out: The Nine Ingredients That Make Great Content, this will help with content creation.

      I hope this was helpful to you.

      Thank you and all the best in your endeavors.

      Reply
  5. Darren

    Your article offers an interesting perspective on how to write and save time at the same time. I’ve looked into this type of software in the past, but have just never quite been convinced to take it on board.

    How long does it take to really train the software to understand your voice before it can record what you say without loads of mistakes?

    Reply
    1. Mousie Post author

      I had a go at using this software and got it running in 10 minutes. I sometimes use the term show numbers to select my next task. It does take some getting used to. you need to know the terms, things you can say to change your text etc. the software helps with this and most of them give you a tutorial. I recomend making some notes when you first get started.

      Reply

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