My Dvorak journey, part 1

I work for a company called Automattic, which is very much pro-alternate keyboard use. Dvorak in particular is commonly accepted as the way to go. Perhaps the biggest Dvorak evangelist I’ve ever met is Matt, who incidentally is also the founder of Automattic.

After reading the Dvorak zine and hearing only good things about making the switch (relieves your muscles, speeds up typing, is more ergonomic) I’ve decided to switch. I tried once before, but this time I’m going to go full out and compare results.

Something I struggled with last time around was having to constantly try and remember where the keys are, and looking at an on-screen keyboard to know what I was typing proved to be painful. So this time I’ve actually relocated all the keys on my external keyboard. Looking at the keys was how I learned qwerty back in the days, and since I now never look at the keys I figure it should work and not be too big of a detour.

I currently have an average of 73 words per minute on Typeracer.com. Can I get to an average above 90 in 1 months time using a Dvorak keyboard?

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