It seems there’s so much drama over technology these days. Everywhere you look, one tech company is suing another. Even the users are frustrated by simple flaws and design. As consumers, we have become so smart about technology, what we want from it, and what we will expect. I’m right along with the best of them – blasting companies for coming out with products that fall short of my expectations and complaining about places where I could see more efficiencies. However, there is one tool that has saved my business and blogging life – Siri.
I told a couple of people about how Siri has saved my life and it seems like they don’t think it’s possible. Too many people give up early on in the voice transcription phase. They say something in a crowded room and it would get mistranslated so they just gave up. However, there is so much more to voice transcription then meets the initial eye. With some training and perseverance, voice transcription has literally saved my blogging life.
Life has gotten so busy and I literally feel as though I’m in meetings all the time. The biggest time suck, however, is my commute. Because I live outside of New York City, my commute is a good hour+ one way, each and every day. I don’t mind the drive actually, but it was such a time suck… until I found Siri.
I use the voice transcription to blog while I drive. Since there is no texting involved, I just pop in my headset, hit the button and say my blogs out loud. I don’t worry about what it looks like or where there are mistakes – I just talk. It gets the hard part over with – coming up with the content. Then, when I’m in the office, I can do a quick edit and the post goes live. I actually wrote today’s post using the technology and only needed to fix about 5 things.
In addition to blogging, I use it to respond to emails on the train, write white papers on the bus or even text while walking from destination to destination. With the right forethought, it’s amazing how much you can accomplish in your “down time” and leave your office time for the bigger projects.