Processes.

I have a confession to make. I can’t type.

Ok, that’s hyperbole. I can type about 70wpm. The thing is, I do so primarily with two fingers on my right hand and occasionally my left index finger. I lacked regular access to computers when I was growing up, and had no occasion to use a keyboard with any regularity until I was in my late teens. So I just hunted and pecked.

When I did start using computers regularly, learning to type properly was hard, and I didn’t really see the point of putting in any effort about it. I mean, who cared how many fingers I used when I was writing in my LiveJournal about my cats? Besides, I was getting really fast with just the fingers I was using!

Fast forward to the present, and I make internets for a living. I’d like to think that nobody’s judging me for the fact that I type like a child, because, well, I’m damned fast and accurate. But I can understand how it might be hard to take a person seriously as someone who uses computers for a living if they type like I’ve been. Additionally, as a developer, it does slow me down; there are more keyboard shortcuts for SublimeText than I’d like to admit that I can’t properly utilize. And I don’t expect to ever learn vim this way, either.

So, as of earlier today, including this entry, I’m going to ask for a bit of typo and slowness forgiveness in my written communications (particularly in chats and wherever else speed is relevant). I’m typing with two hands now, sort of by touch. It’s slow and my left hand is tired and sore after only a day of it. I’ll be writing most of my code one handed for a bit longer, until I can get either faster or more accurate doing it the right way.┬áIt’s important that I teach myself this new process and retrain my muscle memory, but it’s also important that I not become less productive at work in the meantime. Also, I’d like to not totally lose my freak ability by gaining a new skill.

6 Responses to “Processes.”

  1. You can do it! I am grateful that I went to an elementary school where they taught us touch typing from a young age. If you finished the lesson early, you had more time to play Oregon Trail and KidPix, so I was pretty motivated to get faster! This process was revisited during what turned out to be a super boring “Computer Skills” class in middle school, except this time the reward for finishing the typing exercises early was messing around on Photoshop.

    Still, 70wpm is nothing to sneeze at. My long-hewn touch typing only gets me 90wpm.

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    • Thanks for the encouragement, Lily!

      I had one or two classes like that in grade school, but even then, I was quicker with hunt and peck. And none in middle or high school.

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  2. I think the fact that you can type as fast as you can with only two fingers is going to make it even more frustrating to learn to type anew using both hands. When I was in elementary school, they made us put rubber covers over our keyboards so that we could not look at the letters. This made us memorize (muscle memory) where the keys were. I think this memorization is what you need to work on. Maybe look into getting some sort of keyboard cover?

    The more you do it, the better you will get! Keep it up!

    Take it steezy,
    Your bro

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  3. Nicole,

    Just wanted to say I accidentally stumbledon one of your codecademy forum entries while make my way through the MakerSquare pre-immersive work (July 2014 cohort hopeful).

    Thank you for that entry–it was helpful to me–and thank you for your blog. Coming up on July, I’m feeling a LOT of uncertainty. This rainy afternoon your happy ending journey was a much needed boost.

    I don’t care that you type slow. You made my day better. The very best to you in your new career.

    D

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    • Aww, thanks!

      MakerSquare is legitsauce. Don’t despair, if you can get through the prework, you’ll do great! Seriously, I think that what you “kids” get for pre-work now actually puts you abut halfway through the early iteration of MKS that I went through.

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  4. Justin

    Nicole,

    I also stumbled upon your blog and it was really good to read that MakerSquare can really help you along the Web Development path. I am currently waiting for either my acceptance or rejection letter from MakerSquare for the July cohort. I think your knowledge of programming out weighs your typing speed unless you just want a job doing data entry. Thanks for writing, your blog gives me hope that I can go to MakerSquare and then work doing something I like to do.

    Thanks,

    Justin B.

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