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Q&A – 2

Q: Would you be the Steno board guy?  If not, then would you consider talking about them?  -Durnlaw

I am not the steno board guy!  However, I’ve seen a few steno machines at the mechanical keyboard meetups I’ve been to, and they are very interesting!  I think something interesting to note is that they have feather-light switches.  You hardly feel like you’re pressing anything, typing on those.  I haven’t yet tried learning steno, so I couldn’t tell you more about it. You can get crazy speed with steno though..

Q: Are ergo boards worth it for “average” office workers?  -dandel

Yeah, why not?  If you’re typing on a keyboard for any chunk of time, I think it’s totally worth it to have something that’s nice to look at, enjoyable to type on, and comfortable to use for long periods.  Doesn’t that just make sense? 🙂

Q: Ergonomics?  Row profiles?  Ortholinear layouts?  Dvorak/Colemak layouts??  -lots of people

I haven’t spent time typing on many different row profiles (just Cherry and OEM), nor ortholinear boards, nor Dvorak/Colemak layouts.  I am planning on building a Planck ortholinear board soon, so that’ll be my first venture into ortholinear.  I have a Katana60 plate/PCB that I might build soon, which looks like a nifty ergonomic layout.  The topic of ergonomics is a big one, and an important one, which I’m still working on.  I’ll talk about these topics in posts to come, once I actually get more experience with those things.

Q: Is there a natural typing ceiling that you are born with? Sort of like typing IQ?  -oblivioaccebit

This is an interesting question.  I think.. conceptually, yes.  How much that varies from person to person though, I don’t know.  It’d be kind of difficult to research this.  First, each person would have to train their typing skills to a place where they would say they’re at their personal max speed allowed by their physiology.  How would we even determine this??  And also to say that they couldn’t improve from even more practice and training?  And what’s the prime age for a typist anyway??

I think that’s the difficulty of answering this very interesting question.  If it’s anything like other sports, activities, or games, I imagine there’s a natural skill ceiling each person is born with.  Not everyone is the same, after all.  With that said, this blog is here to help each person reach his/her personal fastest typing speed.  🙂

I have no more unanswered questions.  Need more questions.

Q&A – 1

Before starting this blog, I sent out a form asking people for questions and suggestions of what they wanted to see.  A lot of people responded, for which I am grateful, and I’ve read every single contribution.

I’m going to spend some posts giving answers to these questions.  If your question is not answered, that means it was, or will be, addressed in a blog post, or a future Q&A post.

Q: How to get more consistent?  –k3lp_boy

Practice, and practice well.  Start slow and work on typing accurately.  Build your speed up bit by bit.  Observe the most common mistakes you’re making, and focus on improving your technique to remedy those mistakes.  Practice. 🙂

Q: Do you think at 140+ wpm?  -jb1830

Hahaha.  When I type for speed, like 10FF or TypeRacer, I do best when I enter this hyperfocused state, where I’m thinking solely about the text on the screen.  My mind will naturally want to wander to random thoughts: “Who’s in 1st place?” – “Can people in the other room hear me typing?” – “My wrists are kind of sticking to my wrist rest” – “My monitor is wobbling” – “How much time is left in this test?”  Stuff like that.

When I’m thinking about things like that, it takes away from my focus on the words I’m typing.  Being focused on the text, reading ahead to myself, and focusing 100% on typing gets me the best results.  There’s a certain high that comes with being in the zone (which inspired the name of my blog) where you’re just feeeeling it.

Also, I never really remember the text I type.  You know like when you’re sitting in a group and everyone has to take turns reading something out loud and when it’s your turn you focus on reading it and then afterwards you’re like, umm I don’t know what I just read?  It’s like that.

It feels like I enter this machine mode where all I do is process the text with my eyes, and then type it out through my fingers.  So in that sense, I guess, no, I don’t really think at 140+ wpm.  Ideally.

Q: What happens if one’s hands/fingers are smaller/shorter resulting in more hand movement/harder to use pinky?  -CrimsonPelican

A: I guess you could say that’s… the hand you’re dealt.  WHahlkjkjlsawef no but seriously, unless your fingers are insanely short, you’ll still be able to reach the keys without needing to move your hand more than any other person.  Do the best with what you have.  Or use a 40% board.  Contact me if you want me to take a look, I’m curious. 🙂

Send more questions!  Happy typing!