I’ve always had a hidden desire to be good at dictation, thinking if I could dictate coherent thoughts it could speed up my writing. However, after using earlier iterations of voice recognition software, I decided to face the facts and accept that I speak with all the clarity of King George VI.
(What you’re about to read was dictated by me into a machine.)
Through the years, I’ve purchased numerous iterations of dictation software from the company now called Nuance. For some reason, dictating has never worked for me. Perhaps it’s because I was born after the Don Draper era. When I graduated from college, I could type 80 words a minute, which is probably faster than I can think. I can probably type faster than that now, but as anyone who has read this blog knows, the faster I type the more goofy things I say. And one of my rules of blogging is to not work over the text as much as I would if this were, say, a final edit of something that was going to be read by more than 12 people. (I love you, but you’re the only one reading this.)
In other words, a lot of what you see on this blog is more like a first draft than any kind of finished writing. Bottomline: I’ve always been able to type fast, so I never really learned how to dictate.