Overcoming Not Being Able To Blog
At the moment I’m unable to type effectively – I’ve got the whole one finger point and press going on because I recently broke my wrist in a surfing accident (if you can call it that) near Bells Beach in Victoria. I spent a long weekend with my girlfriend down in Victoria, staying in Torquay and travelling to the many awesome surfing beaches along the Great Ocean Road. Bells beach is a famous surfing beach and isn’t short of a crowd on a good day, we spent a full day there surfing and it was totally epic. Thankfully my accident happened towards the end of the trip, on a Tuesday morning while we were packing up the AirBnB apartment we stayed at. I tripped while carrying our bags down the steep driveway and landed awkwardly on my arm, jamming my wrist between the concrete and a small suit case. Initially the pain wasn’t over the top but I definitely thought my wrist could be sprained. We finished packing up the car and started the 1 and a half hour drive back to Melbourne to catch our flight back to Sydney.
Not long into the drive I noticed my wrist had swollen to almost double the size so I knew something more serious than a sprain was wrong. My girlfriend pulled the car over to google where the nearest Geelong doctors were and we found a clinic that was just around the corner. Knowing that we had a flight to catch in a few hours, the doctors checked my wrist and confirmed it was mostly likely broken. They gave me the option of going to a local hospital to have x-rays and a cast put on but because we needed to get to the airport they just bandaged me up, put my arm in a sling and gave me a prescription for some pain killers. I was in and out of the medical centre within 30 minutes which gave us plenty of time to still make it to Melbourne (an hour away) and return the hire car before jumping on our flight to Sydney. I can’t thank those doctors enough for understanding my situation and acting quickly but still professionally.
Anyway, to end the ‘how it happened’ story here and move on, we made it back to Sydney where I went to St Vincent’s Public Hospital, got x-rays, confirmed it was a greenstick fracture, spent over 12 hour waiting around before finally getting a cast put on. I’ll be out of typing action for at least 6 weeks and even after that I’ll need to build the strength back up in my wrist before I return to full capacity.
Now, back to the blogging…
Because my business is online, I can’t afford to have any down time, social media and Google don’t wait for anyone, so after breaking my wrist I knew I’d need to devise a plan that still allowed me to push content out for my own blogs, as well as still getting online work done for my paying clients.
My first thought was to dictate work on my phone and have my girlfriend type it up but firstly, we’re still in the honeymoon phase and secondly, because we’re still in the honeymoon phased, I’d rather spend that time with her. So there goes my free option out the window.
Another option was voice recognition software but I didn’t have the time to learn a new system and I read reviews saying the software could be quite finicky when adapting to the users speaking style. I needed a system that would work right away.
I had used a Virtual Assistant (VA) in the past for some data entry work and decided to reach out to her to see if she was interested in typing up my voice recordings. Anna replied instantly on Facebook saying she was available and Facebook messenger made it super easy to transfer the recorded files to Anna to type up. Now I still had to research my blog topics and write an outline before I could record what I wanted to say but this could be done with my right hand no problems. I ended up sending Anna 6 recordings over the next 10 days to which she typed up a total of over 10,000 words.
All that’s left for me to do after I receive the content from Anna is to proof read, source photos and copy and paste to my blogs. The small amount of formatting required can easily be done with one hand. I’ve got another 3 weeks in my cast before a further two weeks of strengthening before I’m allowed back on the keyboard at full speed but you know what? I think I’ll continue to use Anna’s typing services after I’ve healed because it’s a super quick way to create content. Speaking aloud is quicker and more fluid than typing, and I find my sentence structure flows a lot easier when I dictate work to be typed up. I guess that’s one positive to come out of the situation!
Until next time, I’ll just leave this beach snap here for you to enjoy.