My struggle to stay consistent with blog postings continue but as you can see holidays and holiday blues have slowed me down! I definitely need to do something to get over holiday blues, may be I’ll try writing about it, and see if that breaks the spell I am under right now..
It must be a spell because no matter what I read and want to write about, just cannot bring myself to do it. I have to say though that despite these shortcomings in the blogging life, I am blessed with so many great friends and meet such nice people every single day that even if I wanted to give up blogging, I wouldn’t be able to, ‘coz the stakes are too high, ‘coz I’d lose too much and I don’t think I could bear that.
I exchanged a couple of comments with Steven Snell of Vandelaydesign the other day asking him how he comes up with such killer posts on a consistent basis and he gave some pointers as to writing lot of the ideas in a notepad, and writing most of the posts on the weekends so as to avoid the last minute pressure just before publishing. I write down a lot of the ideas too but my notes and ideas are scattered at different places such as in my notebook, on pc, on laptop, in Windows Live Writer, in Blogdesk and even some in Qumana – the editors I have used for posting.
And, what to do when an idea comes to mind while you are driving at 75mph? Pulling out a notebook is kind of difficult and with the music playing on one hand, dealing with the road rage on the other, ideas vanish very quickly!
But as they say, there is a solution to every problem and as I was browsing aimlessly today, I found a gem called Jott – ” a service that automatically converts your voice into e-mail and text messages—anytime, anywhere, with any cell phone. Jott™ makes you more productive and efficient by capturing your ideas, notes to self, tasks, and more without using your keypad.”
I registered and the whole process was pretty easy. Basically you register your email and cell phone number with them. Call the toll free number, talk about your idea or the to-do-item and hang up. Thats all! Jott converts your voice message into text which is then sent to you in the email. I tried the service by sending myself a couple of notes and they worked like a charm.
The service is in beta and right now it is only available to US and Canada residents.
Jott also works with Twitter, Google Calendar, WordPress (blog while you are talking?), Blogger, tumblr and many more services.
The best thing is that its free. I love it so far and will be using it to jott down ideas for posts. I recommend giving it a try, I am sure some of you will find it quite useful!