This morning I crashed my bike while composing tweets in my head, or something equally stupid. I managed to break my hand, which means I only have one hand to type from now on. To someone who practically lives online, this is as bad as breaking a leg.
It also means I am going to have to get used to dictating, which is something I have never liked. It feels artificial, and I don’t find it as easy as putting words down with a pen or keyboard. I don’t think — or write — linearly, so speaking a blog post from beginning to end just doesn’t come naturally to me. But now that I have a splint on my left hand, it doesn’t look like I have any choice.
Fortunately, my old Android phone has always had Google’s excellent voice to text baked into the operating system. It is an option anywhere you can use the keyboard. Unfortunately, my iPad 2 doesn’t. So at the moment I am using the Dragon dictation app to compose posts that I can copy and paste into WordPress. For some reason, it doesn’t seem to want to let me use my keyboard to edit the text that gets transcribed without forcing me to hit a new button every time I want to do it. It is working, but it isn’t great.
If you are limited to one hand (or less) I would love to know how you get by on the Internet, because I am going to be one-handed for the next month or two, at least.