I've been trying out something new today and I want to take the time to tell you about it. I've started dictating.
In fact, I dictating right now. I'm using Dragon NaturallySpeaking. I've heard that this is meant to give huge productivity gains by speaking instead of typing. So how am I finding it?
Honestly, there's a bit of a learning curve. I have to pronounce my words pretty well to get good input. It might be my British accent. That said, I did about 30 minutes of training reading several chapters of Alice in Wonderland, which was quite fun as I've always enjoyed reading that book, but you didn't know quite when the reading would end. But my first few tries with the software weren't all that impressive. It kept missing short words out. Things are slowly getting better, but I would still say I'm changing a word in every other sentence. Sometimes more than one word. Because of the way that Dragon NaturallySpeaking works, it tries to group words together, so if it is going to get one word wrong, it will probably get two or three.
I'm persevering. I have high hopes that the software. I've seen Jason Fladlien dictate an article in seven minutes, so I know it's possible (in fact, I've seen him dictate an article in much less time than that). Can you guess which word in the last sentence I just had to spell out? I don't think I'm quite ready to write my next novel yet ( okay I admit it's my first novel).
I do think it's worth trying and it makes a good change to typing at a keyboard all the time. But will I be there for the long haul? I guess that's a question for a future blog post.
The dictation ends.
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