Archive for June, 2013
Hi Fellow Typeracers!
We all enjoy racing here on Typeracer (or else we wouldn’t be here), but our goal at Typeracer is to be more than just a game. That is, we hope that Typeracer can also be a valuable tool and resource for helping people achieve their goal of learning to type faster. For some, typing fast is a skill that might help them at work. For others, typing fast is just fun!
But regardless of the reason, this is something that many users here on Typeracer are hoping to do (the rest of us just want to have fun!), and Typeracer gets asked all the time–whether it be via email, or comments here on the blog, or questions on the forum–what the best way is to improve one’s typing speed. As much as we would like to just say “play Typeracer more!”, we know that for a lot of people, this is not a satisfactory answer–and really it shouldn’t be.
So, we are setting out to take more steps to not only make Typeracer more fun, but more useful. One of our first tasks is to publish an official typing tutorial, to be freely available here on Typeracer.
Since Typeracer is one of the largest communities of typists on the Internet, and some of our users are truly talented–the best among the best–we think it would be great if we get the input of our users. (Some of the old-timers who have already participated in countless similar discussions over the years are probably tired of this topic by now. Sorry!) Whether you type 25wpm or 125wpm, we want to know both what has helped you and what hasn’t.
Here are a few of my personal favorites:
1) While racing, scroll down and don’t look at your car or your opponents’ cars, since these can be highly distracting. (Admittedly, this only helps improve your speed in competitive situations!)
2) Consciously slow down when you are about to type a complicated or obscure word. This will help you avoid mistakes and thus improve speed.
3) Find your weaknesses. For example, if you often make mistakes when you type the letter “x”, you could consider doing some simple exercises (like spending a few minutes everyday typing words containing “x”).
4) Switch your keyboard 🙂 Personally, my favorite is the Dvorak, and although I honestly don’t recommend it to everybody, I do love it.
5) When you want to type quickly, sit at a table or desk, never with your laptop in your lap.
I know some people might disagree with some of these suggestions, and I hope we can get some good debate going on here and in the forum. Every comment we get will help us improve the Typeracer Typing Tutorial which we are in the process of developing!
What helps you?
David Pritts (valikor)
Hi fellow Typeracers! I should start by introducing myself. My name is David Pritts, and I may be better known by some of the older users here by my Typeracer handle valikor. I have been racing on Typeracer for five years–since the “beta”-ish days, before we even had accounts.
I’ve done thousands of races using both Dvorak and Qwerty keyboards, and have improved my typing speed from around 115wpm to around 140wpm, all while having a lot of fun. (Recently I’ve been racing a bit less, though, and I’m getting rusty. I need to get back to the track and get back in shape!)
Anyway, I’m happy to announce that in an effort to make Typeracer even better, Alex (our main developer here at Typeracer) has decided to add me to the Typeracer team. This is for a few reasons. First, I will have more time to moderate and improve the Typeracer forum, add more content to the site, including taking responsibility for this blog as well as generating other content (such as developing an official typing tutorial). I will also be able to take on some responsibility for issues such as support and answering people’s questions. We also have other projects in mind, which everyone will see in the coming months. In addition, with these tasks taken care of by someone else, the developers will have more time to develop more features, fix bugs, etc.
This is an exciting time for Typeracer, and I hope we can live up to your expectations. If you have any questions, suggestions, comments, etc., please feel free to email me directly (david AT typeracer DOT com), or post on the forum. Of course, blog comments will also be read and responded to.
I will work to be as responsive as possible, and try to improve communication between Typeracer and the community. Hopefully we can all work together to make Typeracer even better.
See you on the track!
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