How to Use Siri to Dictate Blog Posts to Your WordPress Website
So you want to know How to Use Siri to Dictate Blog Posts to Your WordPress Website. You’ve come to the right place. And, I’ll make it easy for you.
As I wrote in a previous article, blogging regularly is important to your website rankings. You need to make writing posts as easy as possible.
When a good friend of mine shared his blogging method with me, I was intrigued. I love using Siri but I didn’t know how to use Siri to dictate blog posts from my phone.
Initially, it was easy to find how to use Siri to dictate blog posts to a Mac computer, and even directly on the screen inside the New Posts area of WordPress. But, how to use Siri to do it from my phone took a bit more creativity, which is where my friend Jeff really shines. He’s the most creative person I know… next to me of course.
So, here’s basically how it works.
How to Use Siri to Dictate Blog Posts to Your WordPress Website:
- Log in to your WordPress website admin dashboard and go to Settings > Writing
Keep this tab open while you go to the next step. Now would be a good time to make sure you have a good default category to select for your posts. If not, just leave it for later.
- Create a special email address. You can do this anywhere but I used my site email.
Use a difficult name like [email protected] and get the pop settings written down, along with your password. It should be port 110, but make sure to find out your pop port for incoming mail. Set the default mail category and make sure to save these settings.
- Enter your new email address, password, and incoming port from step 2.
So, now you have the basics set up.
- Now, get on your phone and create a new contact. Under the business name put your <website name> blog. I set mine up for Top Local Blog. I separated TopLocal so it would make Siri commands more simple. I then entered my new special email address and saved the contact.
Now for the good part!
Open a new email to <your special email address>. It’s easy because you entered that really complicated email address into an easily identifiable contact.
Make the subject your new post title.
Now, when you’re ready with your thoughts, hit the microphone icon and start dictating.
You can say a variety of commands that will help you keep it formatted right, or you can do that later. I want my posts as clean as possible, so I use these to help:
- New Line
- New Paragraph
- Space Bar
- Quote & End Quote
- Exclamation Point
- Question Mark
- Open Parenthesis (or ‘left paren’)
- Close Parenthesis (or ‘right paren’)
- Dash (adds a space between)
- Hyphen (no spaces between)
Keep in mind you only have 30 seconds to say what you want. Then, you need to hit the microphone again until you’ve finished your post. It’s not a much of a nuisance as I thought. Actually, it helps me collect my thoughts into 30 second bursts. The apps that let you dictate longer really don’t work as well and they’re kinda buggy. Plus, Siri is much more accurate than the ones I tried, like Dragon etc.
Now, when you send your email it will get posted to your site. You can then go in and edit it, adding pictures, tags, and optimize if you like.
See, wasn’t that easy?
I used this method to write this article. Then, I went back and edited for your benefit. You don’t need to edit unless you have time. Google likes new content, so anything is better than no post for the day.