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So some years ago I found it a good idea to change to dvorak, since it was supposed to be superior to qwerty in all ways, well, I'm not so sure if that was the case for me, while I was able to type faster in it due to finally learning proper touch typing it still was wearing out my right pinky with its placement of the L key. So I took it upon me to find a keyboard layout that didn't have the same problem, and I came over colemak, and I was so happy. I learned it properly, and was up to a typing speed of about 80 WPM which is pretty good to be me, and even faster than I was even able to type dvorak, and it didn't hurt my hands at all.
So for some years I was very happy with how it had all settled. Then came the problem, I started working as an IT Administator/support guy, and my obnoxious boss didn't let me use colemak, so I had to change back, my writing suffered while I relearned qwerty, this time at least with the awef jioö fingering, which was a tiny bit better, but never really made me feel completely comfortable.
So fast forward to last week, we have a new boss, and I'm finally allowed to use whatever keyboard I use, as long as I'm able to type still, which is how it should really be, so I'm working on relearning colemak, so far so good, and after about a week of cold turkey I'm at least up to a usable speed of 50 WPM again, and apart from some readjustment pains for my wrists it's feeling so much more comfortable to work with!
I'm using PKL at work, and just the native mapping on my personal linux machine. And practicing with amphetype, keybr and keyhero really helps me. I still have to work quite a bit on accuracy as it's still really hurting me when my fingers kind of get confused and it wants to map one finger to qwerty again, but I'm getting there.
I've been looking into the mods a bit, since I'm typing mostly a mix between English, German and Norwegian through the days, and also been looking through Dreymars bag of tricks, but I'm just thinking I'll learn the main layout first, and then see if I want to branch off from that on some later time, as the angle and curl mods look pretty interesting, but we will see where time will bring me.
So I'm looking forward to being able to write consistently at a more consistently fast pace again, but time will bring me there, I just have to force myself to write slower so that I'm not doing so many mistakes, looking at my practice I can write something that feels slow as molasses, and just do a consistant good 57 WPM, but if I drop focus and concentrate on writing faster it quickly drops down to 49, it's just a bit frustrating still to force myself to slow down.