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Is Handwriting Better Than Type?

December 2, 2009

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  1. December 2, 2009 12:19 am

    Love it, Jamey! Very clever. Too bad you can’t link handwriting!! 😉

  2. Mina permalink
    December 2, 2009 1:34 am

    I like it, Jamey! Very interesting and smart.

    • December 2, 2009 9:38 am

      Thanks, Mina. I might try to improve upon it sometime–maybe better lighting, less slanted handwriting, a better pen…any suggestions?

  3. Diction Monster permalink
    December 2, 2009 9:12 am

    It certainly looks cool, but there’s no way to do a spell check/grammar check or to see if a word you’ve used is really a word, so you have to be extra careful when posting hand written messages online!

    The large black marker font does make the text pop!

    • December 2, 2009 9:37 am

      Indeed…I took a gamble with “proliferance,” and it looks like I lost. Although, it really should be a word! It’s a form of “proliferate.”

  4. December 2, 2009 10:44 am

    Jamey, I’m not convinced of the efficacy of handwriting blogs, but for my writing, going back to writing by hand has made a world of difference. I think it has to do with the speed of the process. When typing, my words spew out unfiltered, and during rewrite they always look “good enough.” When writing by hand, I have time to filter the stream of words, often rejecting or replacing a certain word. Also, because the pace is so much slower, it is easier to stop and reconsider a word, sentence, paragraph or even page.

    • December 2, 2009 10:53 am

      Michael, that’s a really great point about writing by hand. It’s so much more intentional. When writing fiction, I find that my hand can’t keep up with my brain, which is the reason I write mostly on the computer. But the quality of my writing improves significantly when writing the original draft by hand. I cant say the same for the blog entry, but having only a single piece of paper on which to write certainly made me mince words–in terms of wordcount, this entry is much shorter than most of my blog entries.

  5. Bryce permalink
    December 2, 2009 11:02 am

    My hand hurts just from looking at all those hand written words! How did you change from red to black and back? Is there an app for that?

  6. December 2, 2009 12:12 pm

    The handwriting might catch your eye, but from a typography standpoint it’s a terrible body copy font. I read it much more slowly and it’s more work for my eyes. It’s fine for something short, but the length of your post is approaching the longest you’d want to force people to read like that.

  7. December 2, 2009 12:48 pm

    So it could work for very short entries–maybe more like index-card sized entries–and I’d have to improve my handwriting. Today’s entry was more of a novelty, obviously, but I am intrigued by the format. I’m wondering if my e-mail subscribers received anything at all or just a blank e-mail.

    • SFRANK permalink
      December 2, 2009 6:12 pm

      Improve your handwriting? Are you kidding? Your legible handwriting was the first thing that impressed me. So many scribblers these days.

      I really like the handwritten format. Perfect for shorter posts. Seeing certain words handwritten, as “proliferance,” may send bloggers to the dictionary more often. (Hint, hint, Lauren!)

      • December 2, 2009 6:15 pm

        I will contend, as I have since the day I was born, that “proliferance” should be a word. 🙂

        I think your sentiment rings true among several commenters–this format could work well for really short posts. I think I’ll try that.

  8. Colleen permalink
    December 2, 2009 5:37 pm

    The handwriting definitely caught my eye! Especially the words in the bold black marker, which really popped out. I actually saw a program on the History Channel last night that used a similar technique to recap the important highlights of the show. This particular show was about the Grand Canyon and the various theories on how it came to be. After seeing actual photos and videos from the Grand Canyon throughout the show, which corresponded with each theory, we then had a recap at the end – which consisted of seeing a different “Polaroid shot” for each theory that was discussed, with bold black handwriting describing that theory on the bottom of each Polaroid. I thought it was a clever way to catch the audience’s attention, and the black handwriting made it a little more interesting and eye-catching!

  9. Dionne permalink
    December 2, 2009 6:12 pm

    I love it! Way to think outside of the box! Tap into that visual creativity Jamey. You’re doing awesome!

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