Punch The Damn Keys!1 min read

“If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”Jack Kerouac

Different keyboards provide different typing experiences. It’s all about the keys themselves: their size, the materials they’re made from, the key travel…

I’d say that you should, at least once in your life, use a loud keyboard. The one that you’d be ashamed to use in a public space, for fear of annoying folks.

Yes, use one of those keyboards. Mechanical. Feel the weight of each key as you press it. Write a few sentences, trying to reduce the clutter in your mind to neat rows of characters.

Now, punch the damn keys.

I mean it.

Don’t think. Don’t worry about the sound. Do not give a damn about your surroundings, or your 5 o’clock appointment, or the fact that you need to go grocery shopping later on today.

Just punch the damn keys.

Punch them as if this were the last thing you are destined to do in this life.

Write these words like you mean it. Like you are doing the world’s most important task.

Punch the damn keys. Punch them as if your words were capable of holding the Universe in place.

Who knows? They just might. One day. For just one person. Or several. Who knows?

And if you think this thing is silly, I assure you that the world can always tell. Words that lack conviction are easily forgotten. Discarded even by those who desperately want to believe in them.

So, punch the damn keys!

The world might forgive you if you don’t, but it will also soon forget about you. And that is something you are never, ever going to forgive yourself for.

Cristian Mihai

Became Internet famous by the age of 23. Never recovered. I write short author bios all over the web. I’m an acquired taste. Don’t like me? Acquire some taste.

22 thoughts on “Punch The Damn Keys!1 min read

  1. Simple advice! I can hear an old IBM Selectric clanging as I punch the damn keys. Ah, the old days before computers sent our fabled word processing typewriters to the closet.

  2. I’m both a trained pianist and a (self-)trained typist — I mean the old-fashioned kind of typist who learned on a manual typewriter, and whose first “day job” out of college was as a medical secretary. So I type rather quickly, and, on any desktop computer, the keyboard makes plenty of noise as I pick up speed — no need to punch the keys! (My laptop at home don’t offer that same satisfying rapid clunking.)

  3. This brings me back 50 years ago when I owned an old “Underwood” clunker. Those beasts were heavy! You put it in one spot and that sucker’s not gonna budge. Awe, the good old days… Yes! The written word when expressed admirably does indeed have a kind of immortality.

  4. I went through college with an old manual typewriter. I’ve punched many a key in my day. IBM, Olivetti, and an old manual in my first job as a reporter in a television newsroom. As for today, you can still punch the keys hard on your electronic keyboard. I type with a Logitech keyboard linked to my Mac, and I punch still punch the keys today as hard as ever, making lots of noise at home or office. Old habits are hard to break, but I believe punching the keys is a good habit !!

  5. I love your last statement “The world might forgive you if you don’t, but it will also soon forget about you. And that is something you are never, ever going to forgive yourself for.” Your words resonate with me deeply…

  6. My mother was a secretary in the late 40’s and left me one of those big, black, solid typewriters . I still have it and it is still working ! Your post gave me a good idea, why not use my typewriter sometimes? No programs, no monitors, no hacking, no problems!!!

    1. It’s been a dream of mine to acquire a typewriter. The feel, the idea that I don’t have to stare at a screen and can just focus on the words I am writing; this would make it worth the purchase.

      1. You know, during many years I wrote all my business letters on a mechanical typewriter and never gave it a thought. Now I realise how easy and cheap it was just to change a cartridge with the two color ribbon. Of course we wouldn’t be communicating now, if it wasn’t for the Internet , but the truth is that our lives have become much more complicated and expensive along the years.

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