Recently, I was contacted by someone regarding an old article I wrote in 2007 on Speech Recognition and the future of mobile technology. Much of what I wrote about then, is a reality now, and some is still to come. Does that mean I have a crystal ball here? No, but regarding my article on voice recognition which it was a 2-hour project, as I was just using my memory and personal experiences to put together that article. You see, I am NOT involved in that research, but have written quite a bit on the topic, ideas, concepts, solutions for programming the software and overcoming challenges.
If you want to write articles for personal tech, mobile technology and if you want those articles to be worth their salt, then you have to immerse yourself in the topic, okay so let me explain what I mean. Over the last 15 years, I’ve followed the technology and often read Speech Technology Magazine to stay up on things, and talked with folks at trade show booths at Comdex, CES, and other shows. Since I read 75 paper magazines per month and take 100s of online e-mail newsletters per week, speech recognition technology often pops up on my radar screen – across a spectrum of industry sub-sectors.
Writing personal tech articles is difficult and if you make a mistake, it will be unforgivable in the blogosphere. So, you have to be up on things, and study, and fact check too. Yes, I’d certainly like to write some more articles on this topic and bring more important points of contentions to the public online, thus, they will be read by those in the technology sector. And if you concentrate on such things you will find a strong following.
For instance, my articles do get around – many are syndicated and/or reproduced elsewhere on average 17 times each, thus, I am up to an estimated 150 million article views currently. Indeed, it also pays to have contacts in the industry to get opinions and quotes, and having the ability to dig up my former contacts and acquaintances with close friends involved in the research and discuss with them free-market real world applications is paramount.
So, if you wish to be a personal tech writer, and realize there is a lot of competition out there, then you need to develop a following, and write about the hottest new innovations. Then you must completely immerse yourself in the technology, buzz-words, and read and study everything you can find. Then you are well on your way. Please consider all this.