Ever drive down the road, see something really interesting that sparks and idea for a blog post and then you get to your destination only to forget what you saw and what you were going to post about? Well that happens to me more often than not. Then I realized that I use Siri on my iPhone to set up reminders for work, enter appointments and to text while I am driving. Why not use it for blog post ideas too? So I created a “Blog” list on my iPhone that I can tell SIRI to put my ideas there.
I decided to share how to do that for those of you that have an iPhone and don’t use it to its full potential. Do you only use it for texting, Facebook and Twitter? There’s a whole bunch more that’s there. Anyhow, here are step by step instructions for setting up a blog list in reminders if you are not at all technology savvy.
1: First, let’s make sure Siri is set up on your phone. Locate the settings app on your home screen. My photo shows it in an “utilities” folder. I have all my apps in folders, so don’t use this screen shot as a real guide. Just look for the settings icon.
2: Then click on “General” to get to the SIRI settings
3: Next, click on “Siri”
4: Next make sure that “Siri” and “Hey Siri” are on. The “Hey Siri” feature allows you to use Siri just by saying “Hey Siri” when the phone is plugged into a charger. No need to press and hold the home button to activate. An especially nice feature when you are driving so you can keep both hands on the wheel.
5: Now let’s create a “Blog” list in your reminders. Go back to your home screen and find the reminders app. Again, remember that my apps are organized in folders, so your screen will look different.
6: Click on “New”
7: Type the name of your list, example “Blog”
8: Click “Done” and voila! You have a new list called “Blog”
9: This what my reminders look like as I have different categories of lists.
10: Now let’s tell Siri to add a blog idea to your blog list. Either press and hold the home button, or if your phone is plugged in, just say “Hey Siri”. Siri will come up ask you what you need help with.
11: Now just simply say “New reminder on blog list”
12: Siri will ask what you want to be reminded of. Just say what you want yo write about.
13: And the new reminder is added to your blog list.
And there you have it. A simple way to remember blog post ideas on the go. One note though about Siri. If you have never used it before, it will misunderstand you a good bit in the beginning. Be sure to speak clearly. Over time it will learn your voice and get more accurate.