I’ve noticed a trend with a couple of bloggers and e-book writers: they’re using speech recognition software to speed up their production. One or two are also making recordings, hiring transcriptionists and getting a written draft back that way.
The initial draft that you can get back from either a transcriptionist or from speech recognition software isn’t going to be great. Especially if you use a lot of jargon, either method requires at least one thorough round of editing. Another issue is the cost — for the more reliable speech recognition software products, we’re talking price tags of a couple hundred dollars. Transcriptionists generally work for an hourly rate and it’s a simple fact that if you have a couple hours of recordings to transcribe, the price is going to be fairly hefty.
I can see using either of these methods for a written product like an e-book — something that you expect to continue selling many copies of and recouping the costs of production with less work. But for articles and blog posts, I don’t see it as so much of a feasible option. I think quality is one of the biggest issues — many writers are so used to typing or handwriting their work that it seems like switching to a new method may decrease quality even as it increases quantity?
What do you think? Do you talk faster than you type? Or are you going to stick to your keyboard?