Article with tips for blogging

Kickstart your blog post with a voice memo

When you are an entrepreneur, writing a blog post is a great way to build your personal brand. It’s an excellent medium to share your ‘secret sauce’ and position yourself as the expert in your area. However, when you’re writing on your own, getting the first words on a page can be a daunting task.

Writing scripts is a huge part of what I do for work. I’ve produced trailers and sales tapes for major TV networks throughout my career and created high-level marketing presentations for tech companies. But writing a personal blog post is an entirely different beast. I’ve found that to kickstart each of my articles, it’s easier to edit pre-existing text than to tackle a blank page. 

Getting the creative juices flowing before writing a blog post

The inspiration to write this blog post came from an invitation to participate in the ’10×10 Writing Challenge’, organized by the South Florida Entrepreneur Club. At first, I thought I would be insane to do it, but it dawned on me that writing one 500-word article for 10 consecutive days didn’t have to be a drag. 

As I’ve been working on the content for my new course for Ok, Yes! I’ve figured out that a way to expedite this writing process starts with me talking. Maybe it’s because I went to art school, or perhaps it’s because of my video production and creative background… but I see blogging as a form of conversation. 

I realized that typing on a computer didn’t allow me to be creative, but talking was a more fulfilling experience. When I speak, words come naturally. In conversation, I can build arguments as I go, infusing my ideas with emotion. I was psyched when I realized that recording and transcribing a rough voice memo was an effective way to get started.

Writing a creative blog post by way of dictation

I’m not particularly eager to overcomplicate things in my life, so I like to use the tools I already have access to. I have an iPhone, and my go-to app for recording voice notes is ‘Voice Memos.’ After I organize my thoughts and figure out more or less what I want to say, I go to a quiet space, press REC and start talking. 

Note: If this is the first time you do it, the first few words may be hard to come by. It may be awkward because you’re going to feel like you’re talking to yourself, so my biggest tip is don’t give up within the first few minutes. Once you get into the cadence of speaking, your ideas will fall into place, and you’ll feel the creative momentum.

Transcribing your voice memo into text

Once I have the sound file with my voice recording, I send it to a transcription app such as Descript. With the help of AI, I get my voice transcoded as text in a matter of minutes, allowing me to kickstart my blog post right away. 

Edit and polish your blog post

From there, I work the text on a word processing app to get my structure and grammar done. I like to use Grammarly or Microsoft Word for my writing, depending on how much heavy lifting is required or how long my blog post is.

An all-in-one intelligent alternative

For those seeking a more complete way to document and share knowledge, bundleIQ is the right app for you. This is an A.I.-powered application that enables founders to organize their creative ideas. I love that it allows you to directly dictate into the app to get your text instantly. Pair that with a Grammarly extension, and you’re golden. It also intelligently suggests insights relevant to the content you’re creating. bundleIQ can really help you manage ideas, so you’re always ready for your next blog post article.


About the author

Alejandra Copeland cut her teeth as a visual communication expert by producing and editing video content for MTV Networks, NBC Universal, and Viacom. Since 2004, Alejandra has pushed Andromeda Productions as a premier marketing video production agency. She has created enduring client relationships with multiple Fortune 500 companies such as MasterCard and Sony Music US Latin.

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