Want to Learn a New Way to Blog Faster, More Efficiently and More Profitably?

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If you’re like most business owners time is at a premium.

There’s research to be done, blog articles to be written, people to talk to on the phone, customers to interact with, orders to be processed, taxes to paid; the litany of things to do goes on and on and on.

So when it comes to reaching our audiences, when it comes to actually sitting down to write a blog article; how can we do this faster, more efficiently and more profitably than ever?

 

How I’m Creating this Article in Less than 15 Minutes

 

A few weeks ago my son introduced me to the iPhone 6s. I was so excited when I learned all the things that this tool is capable of doing by just watching him (not to mention I LOVE the 4K video, lol…).

For those of you who don’t know my son, Andrew is an author and a very successful one already at the age of just 20. He owns several businesses and is more successful at his age than I had dreamed of being.

In June of 2014 it wasn’t uncommon for me to write three to five blog articles per week.

One of the reasons that I stopped blogging so much and just went to one article a week earlier this years was because of the time that it takes to actually sit down and outline a blog article and then think through and write it.

I’m different from many bloggers in that I can write a 2,500 word blog article and post in in just ninety minutes.

But that’s ninety minutes of time I could be doing some other things, right?

One of the benefits of blogging is that blog articles have longevity and many times perform better with time than they do in the days after we write them.

I’m a fast thinker and what’s really cool for me is being able to sit down and just crank out content and I can do that so much quicker by talking then I can through typing.

I only type thirty words a minute.

But I have a big mouth and can talk much faster than that, lol…

Want a sample of how this works? Check out the short video:

 

Dragon Dictation IOS App

 

Do you have spaces you like to work that you feel more productive than in other spaces?

That’s certainly true of Andrew. In fact, he’s made the table in our kitchen his office during the day.

 

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One of his businesses is “TheAuthorBlog.com”. It’s a website devoted to helping authors understand the psychology behind marketing and create strategies on how to market their books – both eBooks and printed books.

 

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As I was sitting at my desk doing my thing late last week, I could heard him in the other room talking up a storm.

I wondered to myself “What in the world is going on?”

So I walked in on him as he was dictating his new eBook.

He said; “Dad, you’re not going to believe it! I just talked two thousand words for my eBook in like ten minutes.

That’s when he introduced me to the Dragon Dictation app for IOS.

I really wanted to try this out after I saw that!

How much better off would I be if I could create dynamic and killer content at a fraction of the time it normally does?

As a business owner who creates content as the number one means for reaching my audience I wanted to try something that would give me the ability to blog really fast and make more content on a regular basis.

Well luckily for me this app is really cool and as you can tell it’s highly accurate and it’s doing a wonderful job in terms of helping me create content quickly.

What I really like about this software is that I can do it on the go if I’m between meetings, calls or if I am out and about and just want to sit in a corner and work on creating a blog article.

I can do it really quickly and easily.

 

So How Do I Write a Blog Post Quickly by Dictating?

 

First you will need to download the Dragon Dictation app from either the Apple store or from Android onto your phone or tablet.

Personally, I use my iPhone 6s because it’s convenient.

I use the headset that came with my phone. It’s a great way to get it into the system without picking up a lot of background noise.

 

The second thing you want to do is write a brief outline of what you want to talk about.

I don’t know about you, If I don’t my mind doesn’t always stay as organized and cohesive as when I write.

 

Third once you open the app all you have to do is click the little red button and start talking.

 

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Now, I’m playing with this as I create this post and yes I’m finding little nuances of things that annoy me.

Like learning how to talk by saying things like “new line, new paragraph, comma, period,” etc..

Or when you pause for too long between sentences or words and it just kind of stops on you and goes back to the editing function.

But with that said the benefits far outweigh the negatives.

Here’s the really cool part; once you’re done all you have to do is copy all of the text and put it into an app like either an app for Evernote, a Google Doc, or into Word if you use office 365 from your phone or tablet.

Now I can go back to my laptop and do some light editing and tweak the article into the right format that you like and Boom… you’re ready to go.

In less than 10 minutes I had a fully articulated and well written blog article that saved you a significant amount of time.

Now who doesn’t want to save time to use towards creating more content or doing other things that make you more efficient and profitable?

 

If you’re a business owner time is at a premium.

This one tool can increase your productivity, increase your efficiency and hopefully increase your profitability.

But I have to go back to the number one thing that I tell business owners over and over and over again when it comes to content marketing.

One of the things I’m discovering by talking out my blog article is that I can see how if I don’t know what business I’m “really in” I could be in trouble with this tool.

By talking I have to think at a faster pace about what I’m going to say next.

I have to think more clearly about what I’m trying to articulate.

Part of being efficient and profitable is knowing what content to create so as to attract the right audience to your content.

If you want to learn more about how to think more more clearly and concisely about what to say into a dictation product like this then visit the Begin Here page of my website.

You’ll learn there what clarity is and is not and how to attract more prospects and visitor who are able, willing and ready to buy from you.

What do you think? Is this something you’ve tried in the past or want to consider trying?

 

Leave a comment or question below about my experience and let’s chat about it.

 

 

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Don Purdum

Don Purdum

Don works with businesses to help them discover who their customers are and what business they are "really" in. He is an award-winning blogger and branding / marketing consultant.
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  • Hey Don,

    Carol Amato introduced me to the Dragon Dictating program last year but I use it for my computer. You can save a lot of time but I still type quite a bit myself.

    You do have to get it use to your voice and it is hard initially to tell it to end a sentence or start a new paragraph but if you do a lot of typing and you want to save the strain on your wrists then this is a great program. Of course like you just shared here, some people don’t type that fast so this baby will crank it out in no time at all.

    I didn’t know they had one of the phone but I guess I’m not surprised. Technology, don’t you just love it!

    I’m still a little slow cranking out my posts but once I sit down things just seem to flow for me.

    Thanks for sharing what you just found to work wonders and does this mean we’ll be seeing more content from you in the future now?

    Have a great week my friend.

    ~Adrienne

  • Hi Adrienne,

    I can’t believe how easy it is to use once you get used to it. I found telling to end a sentence with the word “period” and starting a new paragraph with the word “new paragraph” to be very simple.

    My phone handles it so quickly and easily. I’m glad I found it because like I said it is a massive time saver for me. Plus, as I get older I have an issue with one of my hands where I lost the bone in horse accident. I have a rod, plate and screws holding it together in there and sometimes my hand aches after a lot of typing.

    I’m also going to write my ebook this way.

    You may indeed start seeing more content from me. We’ll see but I believe so.

    Have a great week Adrienne and thanks so much for your comment!

    ~ Don

  • I just use my Notes app but it’s the same concept. It helps a lot for drafting posts, but I still have a heap of editing to do when i transfer. Turns out, I’m not that linear of a talker. 🙂

    Thanks for being generous with your work hack tips!

  • Hi Jen,

    I tried the Notes app but it didn’t work nearly as proficiently or as well as Dragon did. It’s really impressive and it’s free. YEA!!!!

    It required virtually no editing. Just copy/paste and a little touch-up and formatting.

    Have a great week Jen. We’ll be chatting soon. I’m sure your homework looks great!!!!

    ~ Don

  • Enstine Muki

    Wow! It’s a great tool Don and I have to give this a try. It’s also good to know about Andrew. I already have his site opened up in another tab so I’ll be on it after this comment.

    I’m one guy who can quickly find his way around new tech stuffs so I’m feeling comfortable thinking I’ll be using a tool like this one.

    Thanks for telling us about this tool, buddy. I hope you are set for a wonderful week

  • William

    I do this as well…I used to use dragon diction but now I prefer to us the Google Drive/Google Docs app. Very easy to use and saves a ton of time when writing. I have actually wrote many books this way as well and wouldn’t do without it now days. Awesome Share!

  • Hi Enstine,

    It’s great to see you here my friend!!!!

    It’s been a massive game changer for my productivity.

    Andrew is working on his site and making changes to it every day and adding new content to help authors. He’s also been featured in a number of huge blogs already as well. It’s pretty impressive.

    I hope the tool works for you as well as it is for me.

    Have a great week Enstine!

    ~ Don

  • Thank you Don for sharing your tips. I will try this app as suggested. Honestly, I don’t write long articles on my blog because I struggle with time.

  • Sherman Smith

    Hey Don,

    I’ve been all about saving time latelu. Especially when it comes to my target audience. This would be one tool that they all can benefit from and appreciate!

    But first I’m going to give it a try myself. Since I’m really open to tools that can help me leverage my time better thus will be one I can’t overlook.

    Thanks for sharing Don! Have a good one!

  • Hi Thor,

    You’re very welcome. I appreciate you stopping by and sharing here in the comments! Many have the same issue with time so I’m hoping this idea can really help.

    Let me know how it goes for you. It took me a few minutes just to get used to it but once I did it was really simple to use.

    Have a great week Tor!

    ~ Don

  • Hey Sherman,

    I hear you. I’ve been adding clients lately and some are big ones that while they pay much more also need more of my time.

    So, I have to be as efficient as possible!!!!

    This tool is really helpful. It took a few minutes to get used to but once I got started it was easy to figure out and in no time I was off and running.

    Let me know how it works out for you Sherman.

    ~ Don

  • Hi William,

    Thanks so much for stopping by! I’ll check into that feature on Google Docs… what I did was dictate in the app, then copy/paste it to my Google Doc where I checked it for small spelling or grammatical issues. Then I added it to the blog and formatted.

    Saved me a lot of time!!!!

    I’m working on a new book right now and I’m already doing it this way. Super cool!!!!

    Thanks so much again for stopping by William. I appreciate it!!!

    ~ Don

  • Hi Don

    What a great idea!

    You are right, content is the thing and if we can churn it out faster we have more opportunity to plant more seeds with our current and future audience.

    My only reservation with the concept is that most people speak differently to how they write. A certain standard is expected with written word content, so for me at least I would have to rewrite portions of the content if for no other reason than to clean up the grammar.

    That said, maybe in time people like me can discipline ourselves to do the dictation work in a more disciplined and organised way, as you have already suggested.

    This strategy is definitely worth pursuing – it could be a game changer!

    Also it’s great to see your son playing the entrepreneurial game like you. Both of my sons are that way inclined as well.

    Thanks for adding value once again, Don

    Kim

  • Hi Don,

    That is so cool. Your son is a techie I see. Awesome. We pick up so much by being open to doing things in a new way, right? That’s why I outsourced all of my audiobook creation. I saw how quick and easy audiobook creation could be for me but figured, let the pros handle it. No better way to churn out content pronto than by doing the audio bit for multiple forms of content. Your post came out beautifully too Don. Awesome, awesome stuff.

    I finally – after 8 years online almost – am leveraging my activities online. I’d been doing it here and there but pulled back too much in the past, doing stuff in fits and starts. Now I just publish a post when I’ve something inspired and fun to say, once every 10 to 14 days or more, and I make friends. That’s it. Nothing more. Simplify. Kelli and I are house sitting in the jungle in about a month – in Costa Rica – with no internet or electricity. We will head into town twice weekly to get online but that will be it. This dictation bit could be a nice fit for my upcoming sit. That, or I’ll just ditch the blog for 2 months and listen to Howler monkeys and toucans all day long LOL…..thanks so much Don, love this idea.

    Ryan

  • Hi Kim,

    I agree, faster and more efficient is our friend so that we can do other things as important or more important to spread that content, help more people and of course build our businesses more profitably.

    I can see your reservation and that’s a real issue. I just made a short video showing how my son is doing this for his ebook. I’ll include here in the comment for you if you want to check it out.

    My son is a really smart young man. I’m super proud of him!!!!!

    Have a great week Kim!

    ~ Don

  • Hi Ryan,

    It’s WAYYYY cool! This has some major implications for you as well since you are master at cranking out ebooks. I just made a short video with Andrew and I’ll post it below here in the comments.

    Yep, he’s quite the techie, lol…

    Sometimes simple is the best way to go!!! It’s all about knowing yourself and your business; and having the right strategies to meet your vision.

    I’ve been watching your posts on Facebook. What an amazing experience. I have a friend who just built an amazing home in the hills of Costa Rica. We plan on coming down late winter to hang out with him. Of course his main house is in Maryland and he rents it. He just finished a shoot with HGTV International that airs in February or March.

    Well, I hope you don’t ditch your blog… 😉

    Have a great week Ryan.

    ~ Don

  • Hi Don,

    I had used Dragon a couple of years ago – and while I didn’t spend a lot of time with it, I was certainly able to experience the benefits.

    I do something similar when I speak my texts into my phone if they are going to be a little bit longer (plus…the letters are so tiny…sometimes it’s easier to speak than type into the phone anyway) 🙂

    I love the fact that there are so many ways we can all learn to do things more effectively.
    And it’s cool to see your son doing this…as i would imagine that the two of you get to work together on projects – such as this one. I think that’s awesome.

    I’ll most likely use this method more often as time goes by simply because I like having the options. While I’m still comfortable typing (habit)…sometimes this becomes tedious and I would prefer to speak.

    Getting used to the commands (comma, period, etc) can take some time…but I’ve become somewhat used to it through texting.
    Like anything else, it’ll just take repetition.

    Thanks for this post. It’s a method I’d like to use more often…and now that you’ve brought it back up for me, I’m going to play with it.
    Have a great week Don!

  • Hi Don,

    Really cool tool. I have to say that even for someone who likes to write like I do, I certainly do speak faster than I write, even if it’s true that as I write I can think better of what I want to say exactly. Still tools like this ow are beneficial and time savers.

    Something I need to think about.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    ~Sylviane

    P.S Gosh your son looks so much like you, even his voice sounds like yours 🙂

  • Hi Dana,

    My son actually purchased a home edition this morning for his computer and he already done 14,000 words on his book and it’s better than the free mobile app.

    But, for blogging the free app works great!!!

    It is so much easier to talk than type sometimes on the phone. I have an iPhone 6s and it’s a lot easier than most but I couldn’t imaging leaving comments typing. I have used the mic dictation in a browser though and it works great for leaving comments.

    It does take some getting used to with the commands but it actually is pretty simple once you get used to it. Like you said, it’s just the repitition of doing it.

    Have fun playing with it and let me know your experience as you start playing with it again.

    Have a great week Dana!

    ~ Don

  • Hi Sylviane,

    It is really cool. Drew just bought the pc version on sale on Amazon and he already has 14,000 words in just two hours. That would have taken a few days typing. And the accuracy is SCARY it soooo good. lol…

    It’s a big time saver for me already. I can’t wait to keep using it and getting more proficient at it. This article took less than 15 minutes to talk, copy, paste, and post.

    LOL… I’m not sure how he would feel about your compliment, lol… JK.

    Have a great week!

    ~ Don

  • Hey Don,

    Wow! What a fabulous tool! This kind of app may certainly put VA’s out of business! Don’t be mad if I don’t pass this along. LOL Just kidding! Definitely a times saver, indeed! I may have to try it out. I use Android so hopefully it works as seamlessly as the IPhone one.

    That’s wonderful about Andrew! Please pass my kudos along to him! Amazing young lad!

    B

  • Hi Don, Very interesting tool. I have it on my laptop and haven’t used it enough. I type fast but being able to talk might help me multi-task while making dinner or something 🙂 Thanks for sharing that with us. Anything that can save time is awesome to me. We can’t get that time back. And time is money when it comes to business Don. Thank you again for sharing the tools and ideas!

  • Hi Brenda,

    It’s way cool! The free app worked really, really well for me to create this article and the software my son purchased that you see him using in the video is AMAZING!!!

    It’s interesting you bring that up about VA’s. I read recently that 60% or more of all of the jobs that exist today will be gone in the next 10-15 years because of technology.

    Of course I believe that’s going to unleash innovation and new opportunities and many will reap the rewards. There is also the downside but I’m an optimist and I see the vast potential.

    I sure will pass along your kudos to Andrew!

    Have a great week Brenda!

    ~ Don

  • Hi Lisa,

    It’s a really cool, no question. I’m really impressed with how Andrew is using it on his laptop. But for me right now the free app on my iPhone is phenomenal as well. It’s a great way to quickly create an article.

    Glad I could share! I couldn’t agree more that time is money; and it’s also relationships – I want as much of my time with my family and friends as I can get because once it’s gone it’s never coming back.

    I hope you have a great week Lisa!

    ~ Don

  • Hi Don,

    I have tried Dragon dictation. Man can I talk fast! But I do prefer writing because I found that I can create faster when I’m seeing things. Some kind of learning ability or disability lol. I do type fast so no worries there.

    But … for those who are slow pokes when it comes to typing, this IS a fantastic tool to use. I know a few people who use it and it has changed the way they can accomplish so much in such a short amount of time.

    So glad you mentioned this because it can work wonders.

    -Donna

  • Hi Donna,

    I can completely understand, some people will always prefer one method over another. I know I’m a fast thinking and talking actually helps me more than waiting on my fingers to catch up, lol…

    We all think differently, and I love seeing the text and punctuation being added as I speak into Word. It’s so cool and efficient for me.

    I so appreciate your comment Donna. Hope you had a great weekend and are feeling better.

    ~ Don

  • Hi Don, I’m leaving this comment using the dictation function on my Mac.

    People can dictate not only using the Dragon Dictation software and app, they can also use the dictation feature on their iPhones, Android phones and Mac computers.

    Great advice about dictating! I loved seeing the video of you and your son using dictation instead of typing.

    Dictating not only saves time but it can also help people find their voice. Adrienne Smith often writes blog posts about finding your voice. Perhaps dictating can help people find their voice when they write blog posts in addition to saving them time.

    Thanks for the great tech advice, Don!

  • Hi Carolyn,

    That’s so cool!!! I LOVE IT!

    Absolutely, I actually started with the dictation feature on my iPhone and found it to be so cool. I use it when leaving comments or when I don’t feel like typing, lol… I don’t find Dragon to be as effective in a browser like I do the natural dictation feature on my 6S or iPad Air2.

    However, for writing blog articles or my eBook in Word (or whatever platform you prefer) I prefer Dragon as it’s created more for that long format style.

    I like your thinking! I believe your right about the helping you find your voice. I find that I remember more when I both see and hear and that hearing part can be very helpful to finding your own unique voice and style.

    That’s such a valuable point!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. I value your input immensely!!!

    Have a great weekend Carolyn!

    ~ Don