This How to Blog Tutorial is devoted to How to Increase Your Typing Speed. However, before continuing, let’s discuss why is this important?
As a Blogger, there are many tasks that come together that results in a blog post:
- Researching your content
- Researching your keyword
- Creating a Headline
- Decide on the type of post, a review, how to post, keyword rich post?
- Outlline the key points of your post
- Write the content
- Edit the post
- Check Search Engine Optimisation steps have been completed
This article is focusing on one of the above 10 steps: Write the Content
As many of you are already aware I am at the beginning of a 100 post Blogging Marathon. I have set myself the goal of writing 100 posts in 122 days on this blog. Crazy? Maybe. Will I achieve it. Yes. But how?
One key skill I have and that I completely take for granted is, I can touch-type. My mother was a short hand, touch-type secretary years ago and she passed on the importance of these skills on to me. While I did’t pursue short hand language I did pursue touch-typing. I did because when I was in high school the skill of typing was changing from typewriters to computer keyboards. Now, look at us all now blogging to our heart’s content! But…
What is touch-typing?
gerund or present participle: touch-typing
- type using all one’s fingers and without looking at the keys.
“I learned proper eight-finger touch-typing”
Yes, I can type using all my fingers and thumbs (a thumb are important for the space bar), yes both hands and also not looking at the keyboard. This skill is completely supporting me to achieve my blogging marathon goal. Quite simply, I can write content fast. I can get my ideas down almost as fast as I think of them.
But I take this skill for granted. Until recently after declaring my self-imposed 100 post blogging marathon, I’ve had colleagues ask me for my strategies on how I’m working towards this and to achieve this goal. So I thought I would share how this skill assists me to do these crazy blogging goals now that I’ve overcome my insecurities around being a good writer.
So in researching this post, I went off to Google to search for a Typing test to calculate my typing speed. What I found was this website Key Hero that has a free typing test here. These were my results after a couple of tests – I surprised myself:
Apparently, I’m classed as fast – who knew! Anyway, I am very grateful for having this skill. It certainly makes writing a joyful, speedy process.
Now I’m not recommending that you have to learn to touch-type however if you have this skill it makes all the writing you do on a computer so much easier and faster plus more accurate. Take a moment to think about how much writing you do using a computer keyboard? Is it worth it for you to learn this skill?
I know there are a whole bunch of new technologies being developed such as dictating your words and it is converted to text. But how many times do you write when you can’t dictate or use your voice to speak out loud? Imagine that in an open plan office? Or in a cafe where you want to quickly work on a blog between meetings?
What does it mean to touch-type? It is where you learn to train your fingers (finger memory) to know where the placement of the letters of the alphabet on the QWERTY keyboard are. Please note, I am focusing only on an English keyboard here. I guess it is regarded as rote learning and then you rely on finger memory. With enough practice, your fingers literally know where to go. I don’t even think about where specific keys are such as the ‘e’ key is or the ‘b’ key is now it is all embedded in my long-term memory. In fact, if I actually try to consciously think where the keys are (like one of the typing tests I did) then it all falls apart. So it is about doing the work and learning it but more about practising it. Then one day, to just let it go and get on and just do it.
So what is the QWERTY keyboard?
QWERTY is a keyboard design for Latin-script alphabets. The name comes from the order of the first six keys on the top left letter row of the keyboard (Q W E R T Y). The QWERTY design is based on a layout created for the Sholes and Glidden typewriter and sold to Remington in 1873. It became popular with the success of the Remington No. 2 of 1878 and remains in widespread use.
The popularity of this keyboard layout, I believe was to increase the efficiency and potential speed of a typist. However, it is only more efficient and faster if you have learnt how to use all of your 8 fingers plus thumb(s) for the space bar. As I type this, I realise that my left-hand thumb is completely a spectator in this whole process.
If you see the value in developing this skill, I would recommend taking the long-term view. Find an online course and use it for 15 minutes per day while you are learning the letter placements. Be kind and patient with yourself this is not a skill you will master overnight. But when you do, it transforms your writing experience.
I have not done an extensive search on typing lessons however Key Hero, I mentioned earlier, seemed to have a step by step list of lessons to assist you to become familiar with the Qwerty keyboard here. If I come across any that I would recommend I will add them to this post.