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- Registered: 06-Jul-2018
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Hey there! I've figured out that it wouldn't be inappropriate to share my experiences with switching to a different keyboard layout, after already having fast enough speed to not get annoyed by having to type long texts.
I'm a 16 year old kid from the Czech Republic, nothing special here. I have an unusual love for difficult challenges, though. I thought it would be pretty challenging to get over the 200WPM barrier one day. Not only would it be something to keep myself busy with, it'd be quite useful as well! The hours you spend into learning to type faster, will pay off later, time-wise, in the long-run. Not to mention, having fun at times, like when you can out-type a full group in an argument.
When I've took my first test at 10fastfingers, a few years ago, I had around 80WPM on Qwerty, practiced for a couple of years and upped that to 170WPM. Progress was dreadfully slow after that point. I've realized it had something to do with the fact that I only typed with 4-5 fingers. I've decided to try to gradually increase the number of fingers I was using, but it was like starting over again. So I've said to myself: ,,If it's already like starting over, why not try a better keyboard layout as well? Sure there are ones better suited to this kind of thing!". Since I was in this for the long-term, I couldn't name a single reason for why not.
Hell, was I surprised by Colemak! It looked way more attractive than Dvorak and more sensible than it (personal preference). It only changed what had to be changed. Maybe that could explain a part of my ludicrously fast progress after switching, and also completely revamping my fingering technique: I've went from 0WPM-100WPM in 5 days, 0WPM-170WPM in 4 months and 0WPM-200WPM in a just a bit over a year.
Safe to say, the statistics don't lie, it is way more comfortable to type with Colemak. There are clear disadvantages, though, which you should be prepared for: Public computers (Although, it's not necessarily that bad, because Colemak and Qwerty aren't drastically different!) and trying to play most games on the computer, a hell of a rebinding mess ><
Overall, I'm grateful for the choice to spend the 4 months regaining my previous top speed, and then having an easier time afterwards. Qwerty's dominance needs to stop D: