How I Write 20,000 Words Per Day

I know it sounds crazy: 20,000 words per day or 80 to 100 Kindle book pages.

The typical person manually types at a rate of 40 words per minute. Twenty thousand words per day translates to 500 minutes. That’s over eight hours of nothing but straight typing.

I don’t mean to brag, but it’s actually quite easy.

My secret? I dictate.

That’s right-I read from an outline and I expand on those talking points to dictate 20,000 words per day.

How long does it take me to dictate 20,000 words per day?

Once I’ve written out my outline and read it quickly several times, it takes me 200 minutes or roughly 3 hours to produce 20,000 words per day.

Sometimes more, sometimes a little bit less.

Quick comparison: if I had to type out 20,000 words at the rate of 40 words per minute, it would take me 500 minutes or more than 8 hours!

If increased output and saving time aren’t awesome enough, here are 11 more benefits to dictating content instead of typing it out.

Here’s how I write 20,000 words per day

Step #1: Make sure you have a typed outline

Let me be clear: the quality of your outline is responsible for the quality of whatever book, blog post or article you’re dictating. It’s that simple.

Click here for tips on how to brainstorm outlines quickly for your dictations.

Click here to learn how to create powerful dictation outlines that produce high quality blog posts, articles, and books.

Step #2: Read your outline at least twice before dictating

You don’t have to read every single line of your outline.

You definitely don’t need to memorize it.

You just need to familiarize yourself enough with the topics and subtopics so you can have a Big Picture view of what you’re going to talk about.

WARNING: Over-reading your outline will kill your dictation.

If you stress out about your outline and obsess about making sure you dictate every single word on it, you’re going to choke up.

Your dictation isn’t going to flow. It will probably take you longer to dictate than to write out certain parts of your article, blog post or book.

Step #3: Get into a state of flow

The human mind is amazing: If you know a subject, you only need to be reminded of certain themes or topics, and you will remember enough to fill out those topics and subtopics and produce quality materials.

You don’t have to remember every minute detail because this is going to only slow you down.

You will end up dictating in a “loop” by repeating the same point over and over again.

Allow your mind to go through the outline points with confidence and authority. This, of course, means you have to trust how well you know what you’re talking about.

Trust yourself and keep at it until you achieve a state of flow.

Step #4: Practice makes perfect

I wish I could tell you that when I first decided to dictate my blog posts, articles, and books instead of writing them out manually, that I produced 20,000 words per day.

It didn’t work out that way. I was lucky to crank out maybe 4,000 or 5,000 words per day.

Still, I stuck to it.

Every time I dictated, I learned certain techniques.

Also, I figured out what went wrong with the previous dictation and learned to fix my errors.

After several years of doing this and constantly looking to fine-tune my dictations, I became more efficient.

Step #5: Pick the right transcriber

I am lucky enough to know several high-quality freelance transcribers who are also good editors.

They have a solid command of sentence construction, the overall flow and not to mention, and grammar.

Thanks to the help of these manual freelance transcribers, I can dictate with full confidence that my words will be transcribed correctly and it the right context.

Over our long working relationship, my transcribers learned how to format my dictations correctly.

Step #6: Constantly seek to learn from your mistakes

I know that there’s no such thing as perfect. It simply doesn’t exist. I know that every single dictation that I produce will be a work in progress. Still, I always make it a point to read every transcription and figure out how it can be improved on the dictation side.

This has enabled me to think clearly and express my thoughts in such a way that I’m not constantly repeating myself.

I’ve learned a few tricks along the way that help me keep my train of thought moving forward while clearly dictating the main points I need to make.

Step #7: Don’t stress

I can’t emphasize this enough: I thought I was going to be walking a tightrope with no net underneath the day I decided to dictate my content instead of manually typing them out.

I’d be lying to you if I told you that I wasn’t scared.

I had so many questions in my mind:

What if the transcriber missed a sentence?

What if they transcribed the wrong word or the right word in the wrong context?

What if I get confused and I dictate contradictory statements?

What if I lose my place and end up repeating the same point over and over again throughout the article, book, booklet or blog post?

But instead of obsessing about these questions, I allowed myself to trust the process.

I drew some confidence in my ability to learn and control what I could control. This is how I’ve been able to produce 20,000 words per day.

Most, I would say, ninety-eight percent of that material is ready for publication. No further editing needed.

FACT: If I can do it, you can do it too

I share this “secret technique” with you because I know how hard it is to earn a living online as a professional writer.

As you probably already know (in often the most painful way) clients pay by word.

You also know that the per word rate for writers continues to drop due to international competition.

Instead of stressing about these trends, I fought back in the best way I know how-I boosted my productivity.

Instead of whining about the consistently dropping rates for content creation, I decided to produce more words per day.

Instead of making a certain amount by sticking to 4,000 or 5,000 words per day, I produce 20,000 words per day. I’m currently working getting that up to 50,000 or even more, per day.

It’s not going to be easy, but it hasn’t been easy up to this point.

I don’t see things changing anytime soon.

What I am excited about is that I was able to identify shortcuts and streamline techniques that have enabled me to get to 20,000 words per day.

I am confident that I will be able to figure out the rest of the puzzle so I can hit 50,000 words per day, if not more.

I’m writing this so you can join me on my journey to producing more quality content per day without the matching stress of physical typing.

How to get dozens of blog post outline ideas in 10 minutes

How do I get new blog post ideas?
How do I quickly outline lots of blog posts?
How do I find new ways to make my blog stand out?
How do I attract new readers to my blog?
How do I beat my competition with rare blog posts or topics they don’t talk about?

If any of the questions above ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone.

Most bloggers are always looking for a competitive advantage or trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

As you probably already know, the blogging game is all about IDEAS.

Whether you’re a newbie blogger or a veteran, you probably already have quite a number of ideas about your niche.

The problem? You have so many half-baked ideas to explore that you don’t know where to start.

The solution? Use dictation blogging to quickly get lots of ‘starter ideas’ for blog posts you can develop and polish later on.

In as little as 10 minutes, you can literally come up with dozens of awesome blog post ideas. Quickly coming up with blog post ideas is one of the awesome benefits of dictating your text instead of typing it out.

Your starting point:

You also probably have researched your niche quite a bit.

This is a good place to start. A lot of bloggers actively compile ‘idea lists.’ Some quickly bookmark information they stumble on.

Start with your ideas list and saved notes

Go through your ideas list, check out your saved notes, and scroll through your bookmarks. If you’re using Google Chrome, you can download a bookmark search tool that will help you find your bookmarks through keywords searches.

Pick out the most interesting topics

At this point, you probably are going to see tons of materials.

Don’t get scared.

Of all the information you’ve noted down and the more bookmarks you’ve saved, maybe 10% are actually interesting enough. Maybe 1/10th would have enough information or would be relevant to what you know about your niche or the things you’re interested in.

Clarify your list

At this point, you have your ideas and your topic lists as well as pages on your bookmark list. Clarify these in terms of actual questions or queries. Read the resource and figure out the first questions that come to mind.

You have to do this with all the items that you have gathered.

If you need help on how to turn keywords or topics into questions, try this free tool.

Load your topics and questions of interest into Google’s search box

Pay close attention to what Google suggests.

This is called auto complete.

Pay attention to the list of topics or related questions that Google suggests you search. Copy and paste the most interesting and relevant of these.

Cluster these topics and questions with the initial items that you were searching for.

Look for related searches

Look at the bottom of each search result and copy and paste the most relevant related searches. When you search for anything on Google, it will give you related search terms at the bottom.

Do any of those make sense? Do any of those flesh out or further develop the topics or questions that you’re interested in?

Copy and paste these to your notes.

Set a timer for 10 minutes to brainstorm

This is the most important part. The previous steps should prepare you for this stage.

This is where you will do most of your creative work.

I select 10 minutes for brainstorming because anything longer or setting no time limit at all is counter productive for me.

In fact, a lot of people I know who try to come up with blog post plans end up stuck on a topic or 2. They don’t end up with the dozens of ideas that this technique produces.

You have to put yourself under time pressure so you can push yourself to look as critically and creatively at the pieces of information you’ve gathered to produce many blog post outlines.

Click the start button on your timer and quickly go through the steps below. This is no time to second guess yourself. You’re not looking for perfect material. You just want to get out as many ideas as possible. You want to tease as many of the concepts these idea combinations have.

Don’t dwell on any cluster.

Step #1: Quickly read the questions and topics and summarize the clusters with one title

Read the different one sentence notes or quickly scan through the web pages and focus on their subheadings.

What are the titles that come to mind?

Now, of all those titles, which one is the most complete or all encompassing of that cluster? Write that down.

Step #2: Read out each question and dictate short sentence answers

At this point, you should be dealing with clusters of notes, content, and URLs that you have opened in in separate tabs and topics and questions. These should all be organized under titles.

Read out each question and dictate a short one or two sentence answer. Dictate any insights that come to mind and also take verbal notes about each of these items.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and record your dictation.

This technique works because it applies The Pomodoro Method for boosting productivity.

Step #3: Read out each topic and dictate questions that come to mind

Again, put all these questions within the same cluster under that single title.

Step #4: Answer your short questions to the best of your ability

You’re not looking for a complete answer. You’re not even looking for the absolute best answer. You just need to come up with an answer and then move on to the next question. If you can come up with several answers, go ahead and dictate that.

The key here is to dictate as much different information or different directions as possible using short sentences. Remember, you’re not dictating the whole blog post. You’re just dictating in short bursts to jog your creativity and memory and get all those ideas and concepts out of your head and speak them out.

Once this material is transcribed, you will then have a lot of materials to fine tune.

Quickly go through the steps above and avoid this fatal mistake

The worst thing that you could do at this point is to second guess yourself. You’re second guessing yourself when you’re thinking that your answer or your question is not quite right or, worse yet, not perfect.

You’re not looking for perfection.

You’re not even looking for the very best answer or even an average answer. What you’re doing is you just want to get it all out. You want to get the ideas, insights, and inspirations that are in your head into an audio format.

You just want to speak it out as quickly as possible. Don’t stop. Don’t slow down. If you run out of inspiration, go on to the next cluster, and then the next cluster after that. Stop recording when 10 minutes is up.

The key here is to go as quickly through the steps as possible within 10 minutes. Let me tell you, the first few times you do this, you’re not going to get everything down in 10 minutes. But with enough practice, you will be able to go through all the topics and question clusters that you have organized in your notes.

What to expect from the transcription of your ideas

When you get your blog post idea dictation transcribed, you should have dozens of potential dictation outlines. At this point, you’re just dictation rough “outlines” of outlines. You’re giving yourself the raw materials that you can then polish and grind down into a better form.

Take your time polishing each transcribed outline

I call these proto-outlines because they’re not fully developed outlines.

Far from it. Instead, they’re supposed to give you inspiration as to areas to research, sections to explore, and parts to fill in.

Take your time polishing each proto-outline that you have dictated.

This means adding information, taking stuff out, separating sections, clarifying the outlines so you can verbally fill them out better when you dictate the blog post that’s based on them.

Follow these tips to maximize the quality of your final outlines.

Always remember this fact

Remember that the higher the quality of your outline, the better your dictated blog post will be. It’s not about the length. It’s all about the quality of the outline because it you follow the 9 outline steps for high quality dictated blog posts I’ve shared previously, your outline quality will improve dramatically.

You have to polish each of your proto-outlines using the 9 steps that I’ve described in that blog post.

Pro tip: Polish in waves

Don’t put yourself in the very challenging position of completely and thoroughly polishing all the proto-outlines or outlines of outlines in the transcription of your dictation. That’s an impossible situation. Don’t do it. Don’t even start.

Instead, give yourself time to polish each proto-outline at a time. If you’re stumped or if you hit a wall, go on to the next outline. Work on that a little bit and then go on to the next one after that. I call this polishing “in waves” because you’re switching from outline to outline so you don’t get bored or you don’t cut corners.

At this point, it’s very tempting to just cut out or write whatever in your outline just to be done with it. You’re compromising quality if you do that.

You have to polish these outlines so they can produce effective and high quality valuable blog posts when you dictate them.

Polish in waves and in installments until you are confident that you can use these for dictation. This is a rolling process. This is not the kind of thing that you complete in one sitting. Get that idea out of your head. This is a long term commitment.

Let’s face it, some days, you’re more inspired than others. On certain days, you’re more analytical. The key here is to have such a long list of proto-outlines that when you polish them in waves over several days, you end up with a list of thorough high quality outlines that can produce top notch blog posts when dictated.

Repeat all the steps above after you have dictated all your polished outlines

Once you have dictated the outlines produced by this process, repeat the steps again to come up with even more blog outlines. Using this technique, you will be able to create dozens of long, high quality, and deep impact blog posts in a very short period of time.

How come? You effectively handle the hardest part of the process, which is to come up with ideas in the first place.

Can I produce quality SEO friendly blog posts with this dictation blogging technique?

The short answer is yes. When you’re polishing your outlines, you can plug in questions targeting different keywords that set the overall context of each post. You can actually research your target keywords separately and then reconcile or reword key parts of your outlines so they contain keywords that would give the post you dictate a stronger SEO punch.

The final word

This technique is intended to help you come up with a long list of lengthy blog posts in 10 minutes. Once you have all the ideas fairly categorized and organized, then you polish each of these into outlines that are clear and strong enough for you to dictate.

Using this process, I’m able to create hundreds of blog posts for both clients and the different sites in my blog network. You can do the same.

The key is to always remember that the higher the quality of your outlines, the better your dictated blog posts will be.

How to Outline Excellent Dictation Posts

If you’re reading this, you already know that dictating your blog posts instead of writing them out enables you to produce a lot more content in less time. In fact, you can’t even compare it to writing!

You’re just able to cover so much ground and produce so much content without wasting a lot of time. How much content? I am able to produce 50,000 words or more per day!  

This is the perfect blogging solution for busy people. Let’s be honest, nowadays, we’re all busy.

With that said, vocal blogging or dictation blogging is just a method.

The quality of your content is another thing entirely.

If you want to make sure that you dictate a lot of high-quality content quickly, you have to zero in on the one BIG SECRET to great vocal blogging.

What is this secret?

Well, it should be obvious to you by now if you’ve been reading this blog. The secret to high quality, quickly dictated blog content is a great outline.

It doesn’t have to be long – a few lines will do.

But you have to have the right info on it!

There are 9 elements to great outlines.

Make sure that your outline contains as many of these elements possible and you will pretty much guarantee that you’ll crank out a lot of high-quality content in no time.

Element #1: Focus on a narrow topic

Your outline must be laser targeted to a specific topic. You can’t ramble. You can’t cover all sorts of random unrelated topics. There has to be some sort of overarching theme. Here’s the secret: the narrower the theme, the better your outline will be.

Element #2: Start off with a tight introduction

When your outline has a very narrow introduction, you remind yourself about your content’s coverage. You’re not going to touch on many different topics in a wide-ranging blog post.

Instead, your coverage would be an inch wide, but a mile deep.

You will be clearly reminded of this when you include a tight intro in your outline. Think of it as the preamble or overview of what you will talk about.

A tight intro is a great organizing tool so you spend most of your time outlining and then dictating stuff that truly matters.

Element #3: Drill down into a limited number of sub-topics

When you’re outlining, look at the narrow topic for your blog post and then break it down into a small number of sub-topics. The smaller the number, the better.

Remember: your blog post should be narrow.

You’re trying to deliver value by being as thorough as possible.

The way to do this is to break it down into a number of sub-topics that would explore different angels of the overall topic of your post.

Element #4: Concentrate on the most common sub-topics for your post

Even though you’re handling a narrow topic, you can break it down into many different sub-topics. This is good news.

But this can also be a challenge because it’s very easy to get lost in the weeds. There are many random directions you can go. You can easily come up with all sorts of confusing tangents.

If you do that, that’s not going to deliver value to your blog post’s readers.

You have to assume that most of the people reading your blog post experience certain common problems. These are foreseeable. These are fairly easy to research and anticipate.

Focus on these because chances are, 80% of the people reading your posts would know about these problems and would be interested in them. There simply isn’t enough of a return on effort and return on investment writing a blog post that very few people are aware of or are interested in.

This is exactly what you get when you dwell on fairly rare and uncommon sub-topics related to your post’s main topic.

Element #5: Be clear about your outline claims

When you’re outlining, what you’re really doing is you’re lining up all sorts of claims. You’re basically saying to the reader “I understand your problems and here are the answers that I know will address those issues.”

These are claims.

Here’s the problem. Everybody can make a claim. Somebody can make a claim that the sky is made out of blue cheese. Now, just because you could make a claim doesn’t mean people will take your word for it.

This is how you can tell whether your post is going to deliver real value or not. And a lot of this is established by your outline.

When you make a claim, make sure you outline them. What assertions are you even really making? Are they clear enough?

Try to write your claims in your outline just like the entries or line items in your resume. Most people write their resumes beginning with a verb.

Start with a bang. It has to have an impact. This is how you clearly define the claims you are making or the solutions you’re describing in your blog post.

Element #6: Back up your claims with facts or supporting evidence

This should be self-explanatory. When going back to the example I made earlier, if somebody was claiming that the sky was made out of blue cheese, the next thing in your mind after hearing that claim is “Okay, prove it.”

You can’t just make one blanket claim after another. You’re going to think that this guy was either crazy or stupid. This is because the person didn’t back up the claim. You don’t want to look ignorant or insane.

When you make a claim as clearly as possible, back it up with one of two things. Preferably, supply both. Either you supply facts, these can be statistics, easily verifiable information or citations or quotations from another source that is respected.

Or you can make a logical argument. Basically, you appeal to the person’s logic based on facts that both you and the reader assume to be true.

If your logic and reasoning are clear and you don’t make any weird leaps or employ really wild assumptions, they would think that your claim is sound because it’s backed up by basic logic that most people can perform on their own.

Still, the best way to make a claim is to first back it up with facts and then logic. This makes your claims and assertions more bulletproof. If the reader has a problem with what you’re saying, they would have to jump through more hoops to disprove you.

They can’t just say that you don’t have any facts or that’s bad logic.

Element #7: Support your claims with several pieces of evidence

Depending on the point that you’re trying to make in your blog post, sometimes, one piece of supporting evidence or argumentation is good enough. Sadly, for highly controversial topics or unclear issues, you may have to do a little bit more work.

This means you have to show more pieces of evidence to move the needle. You have to assume that whoever is reading your blog post is naturally skeptical and suspicious.

Since we live in the age of fake news, this is to be expected.

The worst thing that you could do is to assume that the reader of your post will automatically take your side. That’s too much of an assumption to make. You’re not doing yourself any favors assuming that they would get what you are claiming and that they would automatically support you.

You have to show several pieces of evidence. What’s more, these pieces of evidence must be different enough from each other.

You can’t just take one study, slice and dice it, and try to make it seem like they’re different studies or different supports. They’re still from the same study.

You have to come up with different pieces of evidence from different sources and, possibly, different time periods.

Element #8: Try to include examples or stories in your outline

I’ve got some bad news for you. While most people like to claim that they can be convinced through logical argumentation, at the end of the day, we’re all emotional creatures.

Let that sink in.

We talk a good game about logic, reason, deduction, and inference.

Those concepts definitely sounds smart, intelligent, and responsible. This is how people should make decisions.

The problem is that isn’t reality. According to psychological research studies, the majority of people actually make decisions based on impulse.

Put simply, they reacted on an emotional level and they pulled the trigger. But when made to explain why they decided the way they did, they come up with all sorts of rational sounding reasons.

Take advantage of this fact.

We rely on our gut instincts and intuition more than we care to admit.

By using examples or stories in your outline, you tap into people’s emotions. They can’t help but relate to a particular character who went through the same thing they did.

This makes your post easier to identify with. In fact, it makes it easier for people to relate to and possibly learn from. It’s going to be very hard for your readers to really absorb what you have to say if they don’t even sympathize or they can’t relate.

Use these stories to break down complexities and lay out what you’re trying to say in a very human way.

Element #9: Finish strong

Since we don’t know that human beings are, at some level or other, emotional creatures, we need to finish on that front.

How? Summarize or tie up a lot of your claims in a form that hits close to home.

This means that you have to have a strong command of the narrow topic your blog post is about and what benefits it promises on an emotional level.

When people are reading a blog post on speaking clearly, they’re not just looking at technical tips to become a better communicator. Instead, they’re looking to be respected or appreciated more.

They may be looking to create a stronger impact so they can feel appreciated.

All these cut close to home. These are personal.

When you finish strong, you end on a personal note so the reader is quickly reminded that the value the blog post brings is real.

You didn’t just waste several minutes of their time talking about something that’s speculative or academic. Those are the kinds of things that you read up on for a test and quickly forget about.

Instead, the stuff you talk about should actually resonate with them at least long enough for them to develop greater trust in your blog.

Keep the 9 elements in mind when outlining and dictating your blog posts. They take practice but once you get them down cold, you’ll be UNSTOPPABLE.

13 Reasons Why You Should Dictate Your Blog Posts Instead of Writing Them

DictaBlogger (Dictation Blogger) is a blog dedicated to helping bloggers from all walks of life produce a lot more content in less time.

I get asked all the time:

How do I write more than 10,000 words per day?
How can I write more with less time?
How can I write a novel quickly?
How to write faster
How to write an article fast
How to write faster essays

ALL these questions have just one answer: DICTATION

Here are the 13 most obvious reasons why you should dictate your blog posts this way instead of writing them out.

Reason #1: Produce more content in less time and MAKE MORE MONEY

The average American speaks at a rate anywhere between 125 to 150 words per minute. In 10 minutes, with the right preparation, an average skilled speaker can produce 1250 to 1500 words.

On the other hand, if you’re writing everything by hand and you can only type 25 words per minute, we’re looking at something close to an hour to produce the same amount that you did when talking for 10 minutes.

Quite a big difference, right?

Well, it gets even worse. You also have to factor in editing, analysis paralysis, and perfectionism when writing things out by hand. In practical terms, it’s probably going to take you an hour and a half to maybe even three hours.

Which would you rather have? Speak for 10 minutes or slave over your keyboard stressing every word for over three hours? I’m sure the choice is obvious to you.

How can you make more money by dictating your content instead of manually writing them out?

If you get paid the standard American content rate of 5 US cents per word, you can easily make THREE TIMES your income.

How?  Let’s say you type at the rate of 30 words per minute. This means you can belt out 1800 words per hour.

If, after editing, you’re left with 1200 words, your effective per hour productivity is 1200 words per hour.

Taking some time off for research and prep work, this means you produce around 600 words per hour.

That’s an effective $30 per hour rate.

What if you dictated at a rate of 120 words per minute? You triple your income to $90 per hour!

Even better: since you’re dictating to boost your word output, you can more effectively compete with global writers who charge at little as 10 cents per word!

Check out how I am able to write 20,000 words per day – click here – [Update: I’m up to 20,000 to 35,000 words per day now]

Reason #2: Push yourself to think clearly right from the beginning

One of the most common mistakes bloggers make is to sit down with a fuzzy idea of what they are going to talk about. They might have a topic in mind, but it’s not really clear and defined.

So, they end up writing a lot of gibberish and then deleting that. They then come up with something a little bit clear and then deleting that again, until they find something solid enough to build the blog post on. By the time they’re done, they may have written several blog posts worth of materials, but they only end up with one post.

You won’t have that problem when you dictate your blog post. You force yourself at the outset to be as clear as possible about the materials you are going to talk about.

You don’t get stuck in this paralyzing pattern of thinking through ideas, refining them, and then erasing all their versions before finally getting to the version that you like. Instead, you develop enough mental discipline to be as clear about the final product you expect from your dictation process.

Reason #3: Write tighter and more effective outlines

Since you need tight parameters to avoid repeating the same topics, you are forced to write outlines that get straight to the many different points you want to address in your blog post. This leads to less fluff.

You don’t play the very common blogger game of saying the same thing in many different ways. When you look at your outline, you can see that each point that you’re going to cover is distinct from each other. You also become more economical with the words you use to make each point.

Reason #4: Cut down on rambling

A lot of bloggers think they’ll make great headway when they just write everything at the top of their heads. Using a stream of consciousness approach, you just write everything that comes to mind regarding a specific topic. Then you let the editing process sort everything out.

The problem with this is you often end up going down one rabbit hole after another.

You write a lot of materials, then you find one slightly unrelated topic very interesting. So, you explore that a little bit more and you end up with a piece that is really fragmented.

There are lots of great bits and pieces, but the whole is not cohesive. It doesn’t have enough meat to stand on its own. So, you slash away at the lesser-developed stuff and what you end up with is an unpolished mess that you still have to add to in order to publish.

This is just a roundabout of saying that you wasted all that time rambling. You lacked focus, so you didn’t end up drilling down on the key points you decided to focus on at the outset.

Reason #5: Quit second-guessing yourself

One of the things that I hate about manually writing my blog post is that I get this sneaking suspicion that a lot of the earlier stuff that I wrote in the post isn’t all that good. So I end up re-reading those materials and rewriting them.

Maybe I would take a little off here and there, or I would reorganize everything. Then I would jump to the point where I stopped and try to resume. I keep repeating this over and over and I find myself in this loop where I think I’m polishing whatever I’m writing.

What’s really happening is I’m just going around in circles and failing to achieve much of anything because I end up dissatisfied with the final product. You are your own worst critic and when you write things manually, it’s too easy to second guess yourself and end up slogging your way through.

This wastes a tremendous amount of time, and most importantly, emotional energy. You want to write when the idea is crystal clear in your mind. But when you keep second-guessing yourself or editing yourself, that once bright idea starts to fade.

Reason #6: Stop writing in circles

One of the most common patterns bloggers find themselves stuck in, is when they go through earlier sections of their blog post and get inspired to add more materials. They keep adding until they realize that they need to finish the piece.

The blog post becomes uneven, too heavy, or simply overdeveloped near the beginning, but shallow and weak everywhere else. To compensate, a lot of bloggers would go back to these other sections and repeat the process.

Instead of only taking an hour to produce a blog post, they end up blowing several hours over the week. When everything is said and done, they’re still not all that happy with the final product. This is due to the fact that they’ve been writing in circles. Which really has no direction, in terms of quality and depth.

Reason #7: Get rid of Analysis Paralysis

When you write in circles, the worst thing that you can do is to get stuck in the mindset that you need more research for one particular point. You know where that leads to, right?

The moment you get on Google, you find out some information. Then you are triggered to research other sub-topics which leads to even more sub-topics. Before you know it, you’ve been spending most of your time researching and not enough time taking notes, much less writing.

At the back of your mind, you think you’re working. However, what you’re really doing is you’re trying to find an excuse not to do any actual writing. Welcome to analysis paralysis.

It’s a mental game you play with yourself to appear busy but fail to achieve any real work. Getting stuck in analysis paralysis is a sure-fire way of destroying your productivity and killing your motivation. A lot of otherwise productive and smart bloggers fail because of analysis paralysis.

Reason #8: Get everything down in ONE take!

So how exactly does dictation fix all the issues that I just described? Well, it all boils down to the fact that when you’re dictating your blog post, you just give yourself one take. Either you got everything down or you didn’t.

You just do it and then you move on. Will you produce perfect blog posts when you start? Of course not. This takes some time to get right.

Oftentimes, you get your audio transcribed and then you sit down and edit out the fluff. Pretty soon, you start taking mental notes. When you dictate, you just focus on the stuff that counts and leave everything else out. It takes a bit of time to get there, but you will eventually get there as long as you keep dictating and editing the transcript.

Reason #9: Defeat crippling perfectionism

I remember when I first started blogging. I had all these fantasies of my blog becoming the go-to destination of people looking for the latest and greatest information about my niche.

I had this idea that all my posts have to be perfect. They have to be complete, comprehensive, thorough, and useful to everybody. As you can well imagine, I took a lot of time agonizing over my posts. Stuff that could’ve been done in two hours, I was spending several days on.

By the time I was ready to sell my blog, I realized that I actually only have a handful of posts. That’s all I was able to manage. This is because I was deathly afraid about the quality of my content. Everything had to be perfect. Sadly, I didn’t get much money for my blog.

Don’t get me wrong, the buyer thought that the content was awesome and the traffic showed a lot of promise. The problem is, there simply wasn’t enough content, thanks to my crippling perfectionism.

When you dictate your blog post, one of the first things you need to let go is the idea that everything you say must be perfectly on point. You mentally learn how to let that go. You start to emotionally accept that there may be some flaws in what you say, but as long as you edit, things will be smooth enough. Leave it at that level and you’d be surprised as to how much more productive you will be.

Reason #10: Produce content you can convert into many formats

When you’re dictating your blog posts, don’t just focus on the text it could be transcribed to. As awesome as your blog posts may be, the audio that you’ve been recording can easily be turned into a video. You can also upload it directly to audio platforms and start your own podcast show. You can even turn some of the text transcriptions into slideshows. Finally, you can hire graphic artists to take some of the graphics that you used with your transcribed blog post and turn them into infographics. You can then post this on Pinterest.

The awesome thing about repurposing or formatting your content in many different ways is that you get traffic. You can get traffic from the different platforms that cater to these content formats. You can get traffic to your blog from YouTube because you created a video. You can get traffic from search engines because of the text of your blog post. You can also get traffic from podcast listeners, thanks to your audio. I can go on and on.

Reason #11: Improve your speaking voice

When you’re dictating your blog content, you have to speak clearly enough for the transcriber to get your words right the first time around. This is a tremendous benefit. Why?

You learn how to pronounce your words more clearly. You also learn how to speak with the right emphasis so they don’t miss certain key phrases. By learning how to modulate your voice so you can dictate more effectively, you learn enough passive voice modulation skills. This can help you become a more effective communicator when you’re speaking in front of a crowd or communicating one on one.

Reason #12: Push yourself to TRULY know your stuff

If you’re bluffing or you’re kind of unclear as to what you’re going to write about, it’s going to take a much longer time to write.

You end up wasting time having to research your stuff over and over again.

When you’re dictating, you are pushed to know enough about what you’re going to be writing about so you can finish everything in one take.

There is no do-over.

You can’t delete the audio file over and over again until you come up with something that you like. You do everything in one take.

This pushes you to know enough about the stuff you choose to talk about. This leads to higher and higher levels of expertise. It’s not going to happen overnight. But dictating your materials pushes you harder and faster to become some sort of expert sooner, rather than later.

Reason #13: Focus more on research instead of production

This is my favorite benefit from dictating blog posts. Since I know that I can produce a certain amount of words for every minute I spend talking, I can devote a lot more time into researching the ideas that I’ll be talking about.

The more information I find and the more I can make sense of them so I can speak about them clearly, the greater the value my blog posts bring to the table. After all, when people read blog posts, they’re looking for solutions or information they don’t already know.

The more research you put into your content, the higher its value. Dictating your materials enables you to convert the time that you would otherwise spend writing things out by hand into research time.

If you’re still on the fence trying to decide whether to dictate your blog posts or not, keep in mind the 13 reasons above. If you want to be a more effective, efficient, and productive blogger, start dictating today.

You don’t have to dictate everything. Just start with small pieces. Get comfortable with the process. Pretty soon, you will start becoming more efficient. And if you keep it up, you’ll reach the point where the idea of writing things by hand won’t even enter your mind. Happy blogging.