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Roughly two weeks ago I suddenly developed an almost fanatical interest in optimizing my keyboard layout. I first switched to programmer dvorak, training several hours a day to gain speed as quickly as possible (unemployed atm, lol). After 5 days or so, I realized more and more that the placement of 'f' and the loss of the useful shortcuts ctrl+z/x/c/v meant a lot to me, and it didn't make a whole lot of sense to learn a sub-optimal layout if I'm investing a butt-load of time and effort into it.
Therefore, I swapped to colemak, which fixes the shortcomings mentioned above. I once again found an almost worrisome devotion (like, feeling giddy while riding public transport because I know that I'll be able to practice once I get home) to master this layout, mostly because it might make me type faster in the future and I'd like to stay away from RSI, being a programmer.
Now, I'm 9 days into colemak and I average ~50 on typeracer, coming from ~65 with qwerty, but I am losing discipline when it comes to training and starting to doubt this whole project more and more. Basically, what am I really doing this for? These are my thoughts:
It seems to me that those who switch to colemak/dvorak and who previously were able to touch type on qwerty don't actually end up being faster (and if the increase is negligible, I'm willing to chalk it up to the hours of practice going into typeracer).
I have not seen any actual research that supports the claim that the risk of developing RSI decreases.
I use linux at home which makes it easy to switch to colemak, but I will probably start working at a job with windows. This means that I would have to download the new layout and install it. And whenever I need to use someone else's computer, I will be lost. Sure, I might retain most of my full qwerty speed while developing colemak (not currently the case, though), but having to switch between the two often is a drawback.
And the case that colemak is supposed to be so much more comfortable, I'm not so sure that I agree with that. Going back and forth between the two layouts give me the feeling that qwerty ain't all that bad, compared to a near-optimal layout.
I'm gonna start using vim more and more in my work, and the placement of hjkl is just better in qwerty.
Maybe I just want to be a hipster and do something differently? Which is definitely the case in many other aspects of my life.
All in all, why am I actually learning this new keyboard layout? I don't know how to justify the transition to myself anymore, now that my initial hype is over. I don't find the usual arguments convincing and I realize more and more that the rest of the world is built around qwerty which makes switching that much more inconvenient.
I guess I am looking for some outside motivation :) I mean, it still is a superior layout imo, but I don't know if it's good enough to warrant the switch.
Thanks in advance