Let’s face it: for many small business owners and entrepreneurs, writing a blog post is excruciating. There are so many other business tasks that demand time and your creativity. You have a business to grow and 101 things to do that take priority over a blog. Sometimes it is hard to find the time to sit down and write. Or, maybe writing just isn’t your cup of tea, even though you have a lot of wisdom and experience to share that would make great blog posts.
You also know that blogging is a recommendation made to promote most businesses, both to build your brand and to help with that SEO you hear so much about the importance of. So you know you should blog, it’s just all too much right now. But there is another way: using voice to text for blogging in Google Docs.
How to Use Voice to Text In Google Docs
What if we told you that the fastest way to write a blog is to not write at all? Google Docs, whether used on your desktop or laptop computer, or, even more conveniently on your phone, has a built in talk to text feature that, while it can take a little getting used to, offers anyone an easy way to create a first draft of a blog post that they can then, when they have a little more free time, go back to, polish, add images, spell and grammar check, etc.
The basics of using the feature are very straightforward:
Open a document in Google Docs with a Chrome browser or within the Google Docs smartphone app.
Click Tools > Voice typing. A microphone box appears.
When you’re ready to speak, click the microphone.
Speak clearly, at a normal volume and pace (see below for more information on using punctuation).
When you’re done, click the microphone again. It’s that easy.
Correct Mistakes While Voice Typing
If you make a mistake while you’re typing with your voice, you can move your cursor to the mistake and fix it without turning off the microphone.
After you correct the mistake, move the cursor back to where you want to continue. To see a list of suggestions, right-click words underlined in gray.
You can use these phrases to add punctuation to your text:
You can use commands to edit and format your document when you voice type. For example, “Select paragraph,” “italics,” or “Go to the end of the line.”
Note: Voice to text is available in a huge number of different languages, but Voice Commands only work in English.
To select text, say these commands:
Select [word or phrase]
Select all matching text
Select list item
Select list items at current level
Select next character
Select next [number] characters
Select last character
Select last [number] characters
Select next line
Select next [number] lines
Select last line
Select last [number] lines
Select next paragraph
Select next [number] paragraphs
Select last paragraph
Select last [number] paragraphs
Select next word
Select next [number] words
Select last word
Select last [number] words
When you are finished, the doc will be saved in your Google Drive and can then be accessed from anywhere. You can then go back in, clean up and errors or typos (there are bound to be a few), add images, change formatting and generally tidy things up. Then, to save even more time, use Word Pigeon to transfer the whole thing to your WordPress blog with a single click.
Google Docs Voice to Text as a Serious Blogger’s Tool
Google Docs Voice to Text is a great tool for serious, professional bloggers as well ie: those who do like to write and do it a lot.
While you may not want to compose a whole blog by voice text it offers an effective and convenient way to get your thoughts down fast, especially if you are a writer who covers events – sporting, music, business, whatever – that you then write or blog about later.
Although we like it, text to voice isn’t for everyone, but lots of writers do find it very helpful. And as Google Docs is 100% free you’ve got nothing to lose by giving it a try, and a lot of time to gain.