I've been blogging for two weeks. I've already become dependent upon a few favorite tools:
Jott: (Free service - public beta) Jott by Jott Networks
Jott is a free service that transcribes telephone messages into text e-mails. It is in beta test, and I've been using it since March, 2007.
I've programmed my cellphone's speed-dial to Jott's service (their recommendation.)
drivingparked carefully at the side of the road, I just hold down the "2" button, wait for the voice asking "Who do you want to Jott?", answer "myself" and start talking. Whatever I say ends up transcribed in an e-mail by the time I get home.
I fear for the day they will start to charge for this service, because it has become an important way for me to remind myself of things, especially when
drivingparked carefully at the side of the road.
It wasn't until last week, however, that I set the Jott service up for blogging drafts while
drivingparked carefully at the side of the road. It has been such a boon! Blogspot/Blogger has an option to send a draft post to a special e-mail address. In the Jott.com configuration menu, I added this address to my list of Jott contacts, calling it "My Blog".
Now, when I call Jott, I can answer either "myself" to get a to-do item in my personal e-mail, or "my blog", where whatever message I leave will be waiting on-line in my drafts folder!
Here is a sample post I created by speed-dialing Jott from my cellphone, while
drivingparked carefully at the side of the road. I redacted my name and the link to the audio of the message, but the rest of it is as it arrived in my "drafts" folder on blogger.
Texter (Free download) Texter (from Lifehacker)
Texter is a text-expander that really works. It is based on auto-hotkey, but is extremely easy to set up and use. I use it to avoid typing repeated link codes, enter names in forms, and send form e-mails.
I downloaded and installed it just before starting this blog. I can't imagine how many hours of typing (and re-typing) it has already saved me.