If someone were to ask me what was one of the best skills I learnt in high school I’d have to say it was how to touch type.
In year 10 or 11 we had one term of an elective – about two hours per week. I chose to learn how to type. Computers were probably around then but it wasn’t for another year or so that we actually got one at the school for students to use. So I learnt on an electronic typewriter.
Little did I know then that it would stand me in good stead in my profession and in my blogging. When I was at high school I had no intention of working in an office and I probably didn’t want to be a secretary. I’m no longer a secretary (not that I was ever really a secretary for very long), but I still work in an office. Mind you, I had no alternate plans for not working in an office.
So being glued to the computer like I am touch typing is invaluable. People are sometimes amazed at the speed in which my fingers whizz over the keyboard with fantastic accuracy. At my last typing test probably 15 years ago I could type at least 80wpm and my accuracy was about 98%.
Anyway, for those in the know a touch typists ‘home keys’ are the F and the J and the other fingers are placed in a line as the diagram below shows (from Wikipedia).
If you move your right hand fingers over one letter to the left so the first finger is now on the H, not on the J, and you type as if you were typing ‘time’ you don’t get the word time but you get another word that makes complete sense.
For you touch typists, give it a go and see what you get. For you non-touch typists it might be a bit harder but you should be able to work it out.
Let’s see who the first clever bunny is.