How to Dictate Your Blog Posts in WordPress

I finally figured out a way to dictate WordPress blog posts, if that’s something you’re interested in. With the API madness that’s going around, and all the awesome software enhancements rolling out daily these days, it was only a matter of time. There’s always been a way, of course, but the amount of friction and steps involved has been too costly, versus just writing them out the old-fashioned way.

Dictation software has been spotty, too. But with the progress companies have made with it, that’s now history. For many years I’ve tried to use Dragon’s dictation software, and my accent makes it type the wrong thing far too much to fool with. But with Siri, Cortana, and just a pile of voice-recognition software out there now, learning and fine-tuning it has become a simple thing. Nearly automatic.

The tool that we can use to write our posts is Google Docs. Yep; they’ve added voice-typing to their browser app, and it works surprisingly well. Comes with a list of commands to make typing with your voice very easy. You can find the ability under the “Tools” menu (pulling it up via ctrl+shift+s is easier). That’s step one.

Next, download the Google Doc Add-on “Publish to WordPress.” You can probably guess what it does. You’ll need to link it up to the blog(s) you want to post on, but it’s all very intuitive and quick.

And that’s it! Just rant away at your computer, and post directly to your blog in one click. Doesn’t get much easier than that.

(Of course, you’ll want to check your spelling, grammar, add tags/categories, media, and polish it up, but the heavy lifting is done!)


Originally published at WordPress Pro.