I thought I was doing so well over the weekend. Got two out of my three weekly posts written when I realized I hadn’t done Tuesdays! AAAAH.
Typing away at work, I thought about the difference between hand writing things and typing them. I made a list of items I needed to work on and wondered at the cramp starting in my arm. Really? I thought to myself. Has it been that long since I hand wrote anything lengthy? Then I realized, it has. I type just about everything at work and then after I get home, I fire up the computer and start typing again.
Can you imagine typing on this puppy! 1890’s Remington typewriter.
It’s no wonder our handwriting has gotten so horrible. For this reason, I’ve made a conscious effort to try and write more. I mean handwriting. I remember when it mattered if the teacher could read your writing. Old texts are valued for their beauty and art – the art of the beautifully executed handwriting. It was a revered art form. I found some examples here.
I have to wonder if these small changes made over the decades have been an undermining factor in art becoming less important in the face of technological advances.
True art is hardly efficient. It can take years to hone and perfect a piece before an artist shares it with the public. Stock images reproduced at lower cost make a company more money, long term.
People may think I’m a dinosaur, intent on holding onto the past, but I still believe in picking out and hand signing cards. I get e-cards all the time, but they don’t have the same effect. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I have a photo box full of cards. Store bought, hand made or mass produced Christmas cards. They all have one thing in common. They’re hand signed with a personal note inside, sent by someone either I or the hubby care about. Signed with a flourish or rife with stops and starts and blotches of ink. Those are my favorite cards.
I’ve printed out emails I’ve gotten from family, but they don’t hold the same appeal as a hand written letter. I’m just as guilty of taking the easy way out when time is a factor, but I try to send a handwritten note whenever possible. Though my handwriting doesn’t look quite this pretty.
I guess I’m more rambling than anything. To me though, the look of someone’s handwriting is still a factor in how I perceive that person’s ability. If it’s legible and consistent, I’m fine with that. I have a hard time with handwriting I can’t read or when those pesky little text abbreviations start creeping in. I’ve turned down an applicant because they wrote bcuz on an explanation for why they left a previous job. If the job had been tweeting the company’s information, that would have been different.
I guess what I’m saying is, the work we turn in is a reflection of ourselves – whether handwritten or typed.
Which do you prefer? Does it depend on who will see it?