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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Typewriting: The Old Fashioned Form of Blogging


Me, testing out my typewriting skills
For the majority of aspiring journalists and writers there are many things we dream of doing, perhaps it's interviewing someone famous, having our own weekly column or even travelling to exotic locations to review them. Typewriting isn't one of the first things which comes to mind but it should be and I want to tell you why.

It was a cold February day when I visited Upton House and Gardens, near Banbury, and got to try my hand at typewriting. They had it staged to reflect a country house at war. As I stepped into what was known as the Long Gallery it was like stepping back in time; I came across something I wasn't really expecting - a room full of typewriters.

During the Second World War country houses were taken over to protect bank staff and assets from the London air raids and so Upton House became the Country House Bank. In the 1940's typewriters and office desks would have been used in the house to deal with war matters.

Currently they are allowing visitors to sit at the desks and use the typewriters just like the staff would have done. I am a fairly fast typist on a normal keyboard so when it was my turn to take to the typewriter I expected to be a whiz. But how wrong was I?! It was like learning to type all over again. It only took me a whole five minutes to produce two sentences which included two minor errors. Okay, so what I produced is not going to win any writing contests but I’m proud of my piece (below).

My amazing writing piece showcasing my typewriting skills
I'm proud of it because an activity I hadn't previously thought much about has actually taught me one of my most valuable lessons.

Using typewriters, or 'the old fashioned form of blogging' as I like to call it, meant there was no delete button if you made a mistake, no auto correct or spell check- one mistake and you had to start again. Imagine finishing those crucial first 500 words of your 5,000 word essay, noticing a mistake and having to type the whole thing again!

Keep creating & keep innovating
In the 21st century we give our thumbs a good daily work out by replying to countless messages and sending emails on the go and we use tablets in place of computers.

The tools we have make it so easy to constantly be writing. Typewriting teaches us to be grateful for creativity and innovation because, whilst writing is a powerful tool, the methods we have to express it are even more so. Without typewriters and innovation 'us bloggers' couldn't be bloggers.

Keep innovating and keep creating everyone.

Have you ever tried typewriting?

Visit Upton House and Gardens' website for more information and to try typewriting yourself. To try typewriting closer to home you can also do it at the Pen Museum in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

2 comments:

  1. This is so fascinating! Haha no delete button or spell check?! I'd be screwed lol xxx

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    1. Glad you think so. Haha I know exactly what you mean! Gemma :) xx

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