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Have You Ever Thought of Using Voice Dictation Software for Blogging?

I just read an interesting post by Bryan Robertson.  His post is about using Voice Dictation Software to help him be more efficient in his blogging... both in writing posts and in commenting.

There have been times when I fleetingly thought about using Voice Dictation Software... but I quickly chased those thoughts out of my mind.  For me, using that method just doesn't fit into what I do, and how I express myself.

I just really feel it is part of my blogging, my writing and creating, to be able to see my own printed word on the screen, and have those words appear on the screen after leaving my poor tired brain, and actually, physically traveling down my arms to my fingers and then to the keyboard.

I know this may be seen as a silly comparison, and I am in no way comparing myself to an Impressionist painter, but can you really see Claude Monet "dictating" where the brush should go while he "painted" one of his many masterpieces?

Noper.  Me neither. 

Efficiency is just not something that I am interested in when I am writing.  For me, it takes away, or lessens the "feel" of writing, which for me, in turn lessens creativity.

There is just something in the "feel" coupled with the "visual" of it all.  I can easily see how the efficiency of using something like Voice Dictation Software might appeal to some... but it just doesn't do it for me.

I think it's just that different people have different personalities, and what seems right for one would not seem so for the other.

Everyone has their preferences.  Some are slower, some more creative, some are more into the nuts-and-bolts, and some just want to get it on the screen and be done with it.  Some are into multi-tasking, some concentrate on one thing at at time.

So... what works for you in blogging?  Writing the old-fashioned way, or might being more efficient and using Voice Dictation Software be more important to you?

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Comment balloon 65 commentsKaren Anne Stone • January 10 2013 08:32PM

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Hi Karen,

Since I am in the practice of writing, using voice dictation software would be a big change for me.  I might try it out.  Good post!  Best of success to you this year!

Posted by Jordon Wheeler, J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service (The Jordon Wheeler Group) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen -

Always good to get two or more views on the same subject.  I do use voice commands for text and emails on my smart phone but have yet to give the electronically dictation a whirl.  Even when it's used then it will have to be proofed and tweaked.  Hope you enjoy a relaxing evening my friend.  As always great to see  you in the Rain.

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) almost 5 years ago

KAREN! Hey! Well I like both. When I worked for AIG; actually American General Life I use to dictate letters which would then be typed by one of the secys in the pool. I thought that was crazy when I could type so much faster and get that job done in five. Any-who, now that I work for that company I still write many letters from scratch formed in my head.

So I really like to type backspace and write some more. However I do like dictation too. Like when I text into my iPhone.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) almost 5 years ago

Jordon:  Yes, using voice dictation would be a big change for me.  And for me, it wouldn't be anywhere near as enjoyable.  But, that's just me.  Would I try it out?  Prolly not.  Just the thought of it makes me cringe.  LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm afraid that if I spoke my blogs the thoughts would come too quick.  I like seeing the word spring from my fingers instead...but that's just me.

Posted by Mona Gersky, GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate. (MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC) almost 5 years ago

John:  Sure... the more views the better.  And... I feel I can always learn from what others have to say.  Always.

Smart phone?  Well, I am still using my "dumb phone."  That probably doesn't surprise you, I bet.  And, as far as a relaxing evening in the Rain... well, it's been raining... more like anywhere from drizzling to a "soaker" for the better part of two days here... and I love the sound and smell of the rain.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Sussie:  I am glad you have the option of using both, and that both work for you.  That's cool.  But, in reading your comment... you've got experience in dictating letters in your past jobs.

I know what you mean by being able to type much faster than some of the secys in "the pool."  I have had a zillion classes in my lifetime, but the one I have benefited from most continues to be tenth-grade typing.  I would guess I'd test out at about 70 words per minute, which I know is nothing to "write home about"... but it works for me.  Actually, dictating, and then having to re-hash it... it prolly would take longer.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Mona:  I also know what you mean by that.  I would forget stuff, I'd get lost in all those words coming out, and I fear it would detract from my concentration.  Well... concentration isn't quite the right word.  It's more like being able to "climb inside" what I am writing, and conducting all of the instruments in my orchestra... rather than just playing one of them... a la "dictating."  I think we're on the same page on this.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Hi Ms. Karen Anne and a Happy New Year to you! I hope you've been well!

I've never considered using Voice Dictation Software and can't imagine it working well for me just because I do a lot of tweaking and correcting and cutting and pasting somewhere else and deleting and starting over ... Occasionally I have one thought and it just takes off and I just write and write until I got it all down.. it just flows but that doesn't happen too often.

Btw, I also took a typing class. One of the best classes. Ever. And I do enjoy the process of writing and typing.

Posted by Andrea Bedard, M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond (Thompson Company, REALTORS®) almost 5 years ago

Voice dictation software works well with professional writers. Well im not the one to use it. Btw, Great post. Best of luck for your business.

John

Posted by John Cochran, Real Estate Agent (Homebackers.com) almost 5 years ago

My brain seems to think with the motion of my fingers on the keys. I can type wickedly fast. I can almost keep up with my thoughts. It's scary. I also like the seeing the words come out...as you mentioned. I don't know about this voice dictation thing. It's probably something I will have to learn to adapt to in the future and I'm getting so tired of adapting.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 5 years ago

Karen Anne , I just look at the Navigation System or the Call system on Cell phones, half the time the program miss-understands what I am saying....so the short answer is no I have no desire to do voice blogging until the system gets improved!

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) almost 5 years ago

I think I may give it a try.  It seems like it would help w/ commenting.  I'm not sure if it would work for me for blogging, esp since I sometimes think in outlines and make edits as I go along (and I don't always do it all at once).  However, it might help w/ a few of my quick/fun posts that don't take much thinking.  I might try it as he first draft.  Not sure.  It sounds like one of local agents here (who is a friend of mine) has it, so I might try it at her house.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne -- I read Bryan's post as well and have heard about the Dragon dictation system.   My thoughts -- whatever works for you is the best system for you.   Depending on the situation - I tend to write, then re-write and edit -- I probably should do some additional editing to be more succinct.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) almost 5 years ago

Good perspective.  What I've found is that the dictation software allows me to get the thoughts down and I often find myself goign back to make changes so that the "voice" is more consistant with what I want to convey. 

Of course, everyone has to write the way that works best for them.

Posted by Bryan Robertson, Broker, Author, Speaker (Intero Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

I have Dragon on my I-Pad, but with this silly accent I have it takes too long to make the corrections. It's amusing reading what it thinks I say!

Posted by Ellie McIntire, Luxury service in Howard County & Catonsville (Ellicott City Clarksville Howard County Maryland Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Ellie:  That is hilarious.  I never thought about any problems someone might have who had an "accent."  But... you and I have spoken several times, and I think what you are calling an "accent" is just totally adorable.  I just love it!  It makes you even more special... and that's pretty hard to do.  Have a great weekend.

I bet some of those "interpretations" it makes because of your accent would make for a pretty cute post.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,

As I said in my comment on Bryan's post, I do use voice dictation on my smartphone.  But, then I usually end up making changes with the keyboard so I guess you would call me a "Tweener" ... in between both methods.

Yet, when it comes to writing or blogging, I'm definitely a 'put it down on paper or a computer screen' type-of-person too.  That's not to say that I don't make notes on my smartphone when neither pen nor computer is handy.  However, the bulk of my writing is on a notepad or screen where I can read, tweak, edit, etc. to my hearts delight.  Plus, thanks to my high school typing teacher who taught me how to type on a MANUAL typewriter, sometimes I believe I can type faster than I talk :)

Posted by Carie Shapiro (North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, I have given both methods a lot of thought, and I would have to agree that I would prefer the old fashion way of typing, especially since I am fast typist. Glad I learned to type early in school. Not sure how fast I can type, since I have had not a speed test in years. But, I can type just about as fast as I can think. I still trying to get used to using small keyboard on these tablets.

Posted by Jerry Newman, Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation (Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com) almost 5 years ago

Karen Anne, I have seen some of the advertisements regarding the software, how easy it is and so on, but I do not think it is for me at this stage in the game.  I do use the voice on my smart phone in text mode it is so easy, BUT one surely needs to read the text before they send it as sometimes the smart phone is too smart and replace words, sometimes swear words.  When I am creating a blog/post or anything else, I am like you and my fingers follow my brain and the words appear on the screen.  I am much better at typing the words than saying the words.  Somehow my creative side is much more adept in this manner.  I think as I type.

Posted by Mary Stewart, Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas (HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone) almost 5 years ago

Karen Anne,

          For now I think I too will write the old fashioned way not saying that I will stay that way but for now! Happy New Year!

 

Posted by Yolanda Cordova-Gilbert, Sitterle Homes (Sitterle Homes) almost 5 years ago

I read Bryan's post then came here.  I feel that using dictation software is talking - not writing.  They are different.  It's definitely efficient and if you want your writing to sound more casual, then it makes sense.  But I delight in working out the best words to use and sometimes agonize too long over it - but that's what makes it writing.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - I don't use dictation software, mostly because I edit as I write and that's too complicated to do with Dragon. It probably is quicker, but I'm not convinced I want quicker over better.

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Hallmark Realtors) almost 5 years ago

I think I commented on that post. Without trying it, I really don't know for sure. Everytime I hear dictation, I remember my Gregg shorthand days in high school.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Broker Associate, Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. "Said and Done!") almost 5 years ago

I'm with Ellie, I have a thick Bronx accent and told is toad from me and so a lot of corrections would be in order.  Also I'm not so tech savvy as to handle it.  By the way have you done any other writing.  I read a few of the blogs you did about your family and growing up.  Are you still doing them?

Posted by Liz Wallace, Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N (Century 21 Sherlock Homes) almost 5 years ago

Liz:  Here in Fort Worth we have a very popular university... TCU... Texas Christian University.  Their team nickname/mascot is the "Frogs."  The horned-toads, actually.

They have many no-parking signs around the campus that say... "Frog Parking Only... All Others Will Be "Toad."

So... see!  Your delightful accent would be perfect here, and very welcomed at TCU.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) almost 5 years ago

I have a hard enough time with the voice recognition software in my car getting to know WHO I want to call.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 5 years ago

I've never considered using Voice Dictation Softwar....I do like to write/type my posts and go back and make the changes...I like to see all the words come together.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty) almost 5 years ago

I remember reading that this is what helped Todd Clark reach that incredible productivity on AR. I am not trying the software but for a different reason. As an immigrant, I am not as exact with my pronunciation, as this software may require.

I am not sure it would have worked for me even if I had no problem with accent, but it sound tempting. I might have used the software and then edit it, spending time on finer things.

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen - I read his blog and yeah, it sounds easy but I know I'd fall into a ramble. Heck, maybe if I put a timer on myself it would help.  Anyway, writing is a passion and it's just not the same. For the same reason I shop in brick and mortar because it's just more fun. I do shop online, but its just not as fun, its more immediate gratification and not enough creative thinking. But hey, if it works, then go for it!

Posted by Cathy Criado, Making Real Estate Profitable (Criado Realty ) almost 5 years ago

Karen - I really like putting my words down as I think of what to say and going back and editing. If I had additional software to deal with, there would be a lot of profinity in the posts that I would have to edit out.

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) almost 5 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, this is such a great post. I think that having the voice dictation software sound great but I am still a bit old fashioned.  I love to type so I don't think that I would run out an get the software. I am a fan of snail mail, I still like handwriting notes and letters.

Posted by Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz, TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga ((909) 973-0410 ) almost 5 years ago

I've read Bryans post also. Some technology is still not up to the quality that I prefer. Technology is what you make of it and comes in all sizes and shapes; as do we.

You just have to figure out what technology fits you and remember to use it as a tool not a necessity... 

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) almost 5 years ago
I could see using it to get my thoughts down quickly so I don't forget them but I would definitely have to go back and read it and make edits. My accent may give me the same issues as Ellie - ill have to look into it.
Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) almost 5 years ago

Karen Anne ~ I have not used voice dictation software, but I do use a voice dictation to text at times.  I think this would be handy for me to use at times.  I don't think I would use this as a standard way to write blogs though.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) almost 5 years ago

Karen Anne, this gives me an idea.  My iPad has dictation stuff on it.  That would sure be an easy way to leave comments.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, For Your Home in the Capital (Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc.) almost 5 years ago
Ms Karen-I could see using it for comments just like Pat said.
Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 4 years ago

Hi Karen Anne!  I have thought of doing this and actually have some software to do it but, haven't perfected it yet.  The times that I do some of my best 'thinking' is when I'm driving around the city and I always think of things to blog about and then forget it when I get home.  I know that Todd (Portland) does it and then his wife 'cleans' it up for him.  It's time-saving and also, I think you can capture more of your thoughts that way.  I can't type as quickly as I think and speak so, it could produce more in-depth posts if I would only use it!!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods (www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 4 years ago

Karen Anne, I could see it putting in the first draft and then going in and fixing the things you don't like and adding pictures all manually. Hmmmm. I see both sides!

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 4 years ago

 I have a speech problem.  Always have so doing it the old fashion way is the only way it works for me.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 4 years ago

It might be nice when those blog ideas come rolling in and I am in the shower or driving. Would be great way to just get a couple of sentences or a blog title which happens at inappropriate times for writing.

 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 4 years ago

Karen  I would be banned from AR because I would be relentless spitting out garbage.  Besides my typewriter  keyboard still working just fine!

I grew up  (haven't grown up yet) was born and raised (50 years) in Cowtown about 4 blocks from the zoo and walking distance to TCU.  Hi Miss Molly T

Posted by John G. Johnston, An Exclusive Buyer's Agent ~ Westcliffe, CO (John G. Johnston & Associates, LLC) over 4 years ago
Karen Anne, the problem with using voice recognition for me is that it just doesn't seem to understand me. My car has Onstar and it was the most frustrating thing ever, can't imagine what would come out if I used something like that for "writing" a post.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) over 4 years ago

I have used dictation software before when I was hanging out in the car waiting for a carpool or something. I don't like it too much, but I can adapt when necessary.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) over 4 years ago

Hey Karen - Wanted to drop by and thank you for giving Joni kudos.  She really is a great Realtor plus caring for her Mom.  She's like the energizer bunny .... just keeps on going:)  You my friend are very appreciated.  Hope you're having a good week in all you do.

Posted by John McCormack, AlbuquerqueHomes.com, Albuquerque Homes Realty (Albuquerque Homes Realty * www.AlbuquerqueHomes.com) over 4 years ago

Hi Karen!

I'm sorry I missed this when it origionally came out.   I've never used dication software.  I have enough trouble deciphering the text messages of friends that use it. 

You also made a very good point about it feeling good just to see our words forming as you write/type. 

I hope the upcoming weekend is good. 

p.s.  I enjoyed the leaves story....sad but true. 

Posted by Sondra Meyer:, See It. Experience It. Live It. (Hayden Outdoors, LLC Colorado) over 4 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,

I couldn't imagine enjoying voice blogging either and your analogy to great painters is funny and true!

I remember with my last computer I accidentally pressed a key that read what I typed back to me. When I first heard it, it freaked me out! I didn't know who was talking and where the voice was coming from. Talking about a ghostly experience! But then I discovered the key and used it occasionally. The voice did not sound like mine and it mispronounced words. The intonation wasn't there and it sounded boring. If my newer computer has the feature, I don't want to know, nor would I use it.

I always love what you have to say.

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Karen Anne I have not read all the comments, did not want to be tainted by all the answers. First I was born in Hungary, Lived in Austria, then came to the US went back to Germany and the long and short of it. My spelling was one that fell to the wayside. Thanks to Active Rain Blogging and Spell Check (ABC) I have visibly improved my spelling and hopefully my writing skills too:) I remember the old days I would say "man across the boat the river came":)))))

So the short answer is no I would not want to do Dictation Blogs!!:))

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 4 years ago

I wonder if folks thought about the typewriter that way...."It's easier to use a pencil and an eraser."

Technology is changing faster than ever before and dictation programs (like Dragon) are just the next step on the road. 

There is something to be said for using what you know, sometimes the learning curve is just too steep.  It all depends on what's comfortable to you.  My uncle (80) calls his computer "an emailing machine", while my 93 year old Aunt  uses Dragon software to send emails to her family, is on facebook and does most of her shopping online.

My "things to try" list is long, one of these days, after I take an IPAD class and get better use of that, dictation software may be next on the list!

Maryland Mortgage Mama

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (Corridor Mortgage Group 410-960-2061) over 4 years ago

KarenAnne, yes I would use it only to keep my thoughts....by the time I start to write thoughts down...I'm trying to think what it was I wanted to write about....I have a lot of senior moments :)

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty) over 4 years ago

I use it on my iPhone instead of texting and love it. But part of the thinking part of writing my blog has SOMETHING to do with my hands being on the keyboard and the sound of the typing. If I were to use dication to write my blog, I would need to do it on my iPhone so that I could walk around while I dictated, like I do when I am on the phone. I walk a circle down the hallway, across the front, up the other hallway, and across the back. When I am here alone, of course! HA!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 4 years ago

I use it on my phone...

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 4 years ago

I would use to record my thoughts.  If it is anything like my google voice messages, I would say it would not be a good idea.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 4 years ago

I tried. Nothing special you need if you have new iphone or ipad. Voice will help you to find a location, online information, schedule, call, text, etc. and yes, even to  post a blog. Yet......I have a tiny problem: my accent. I just gave up on talking to Siri or my smart phone!

I love the voice posting idea though:) a lot!

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago

Wow, Karen!

I just noticed: you are close to 1 mln!

Also contratulations on becoming AR celebraty with 'Member Spotlight'!

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA (Barcode Properties) over 4 years ago

Good question Karen Anne, I use dictation occasionally for large reports, but not for blogs, they are generally too spontaneous and short to make it worth the bother of going the dictation route.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) over 4 years ago

I have tried it a time or two, but ended up spending a lot of time correcting the puntuation, grammar and spelling.  Here in Hawaii the place names really get butchered with Dragon Dictation, no matter how slowly you pronounce them.  It's actually kind of funny the results you get.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 4 years ago

Some people do use voice recognition software to write blogs.  I have not tried it.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

As Bryan Robertson mentions in his Voice Dictation Software post, I've made comments with it when the computer is just too slow.

Posted by Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900!) over 4 years ago

Hi Karen Anne,

I read with interest your thoughts about Voice Dictation Software and I have to agree with you on many levels. On my last PC, I didn't know I had a feature that allowed the computer to read back what I wrote. I guess I accidentally pressed the wrong key and a strange voice from a foreign country started reading my text. It scared the heck out of me! But then, when I figured it out, I gave it a shot and tried it several times. However, it didn't sound like me and the voice didn't have a heart and a soul. There was no vocal variety or intonation and the Voice Dictation Software mispronounced words. Actually, it made me feel uncomfortable and if my newer PC has that feature, I don't want to know!

Call me old fashioned, but as Frank Sinatra would say, "I'll do it my way!"

Posted by Patricia Feager, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Karen Anne, how the heck did you get 60 comments and not get featured is beyond me. I agree totally with you. Writing for me is a creative process. A process that can be painstaking at times for me but I have learned to love this process. I wouldn't change it a bit.

Posted by Tammie White, www.FranklinHomesRealty.com or (615) 495-0752 (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 4 years ago

I have not thought of using it but there was one member on AR who used to use it and wrote a post about it. He is no longer on AR.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Karen Anne, I have tried it but seem to always revert back to typing it out. I do use quite a bit of dictation with my phone though.

Posted by David Burrows, No Pressure, Just Seriously Devoted to Real Estate (Classic Realty) over 4 years ago

I sometimes dictate my blogs on my iPhone and then send them to my email. From there I copy and save onto a document. It allows me to blog while waiting for the doctor or an appointment.

After pasting the text... I then tweak it to the way I want it to look. I do akin my writing (or lack there of) to a work of art. I think everyone's writing style is a work of art and no two are alike. 

Posted by Sussie Sutton, UTR TEXAS Realtors - Rep for buyers and sellers. (UTR Texas Realtors) over 4 years ago

Yes Karen we all have a style that works best.  For the longest time I resisted writing on the computer, now it is the best way for me to write...it flows quicker for me.

Thinking of you.  All the best to you.

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 3 years ago

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