I have gone round and round this discussion since my stroke left me with only one functioning hand. I'm a dyed in the wool QWERTY fan. With two hands, my WPM speed was 120 WPM. With one hand my speed has increased to 40 WPM. I'm still striving for the 60 WPM mark but it will take some time just like reaching the 120 WPM speed was with two hands. It's a goal with no time line. I will get there.
I tend to take the path of less frustration these days. Lord knows, there is enough frustration accomplishing daily tasks after a stroke without adding one more. Still after almost two years post first stroke, the idea of learning a new way to type is daunting to me. A lot of what I do is try and try again. I'm too stubborn to give up.
I've written several blogs about it HERE, HERE, HERE. Working with a smaller keyboard helps immensely! Of course I do miss some of the keys my bigger keyboard had. My major malfunction was I'm an old dog trying to learn too many tricks. I'm not too stubborn to admit that Dvorak might be easier to type one handed. But my hands know QWERTY although my finger placement is different than before my stroke. DOH! I'm one handed and not a one finger typist. To me, that's a major accomplishment. Now if I could only get my spelling and grammar up to speed I'd be content.
The old adage, "if it ain't broke-don't fix it" comes to mind. But the fact is I'm like Humpty Dumpty in more ways than one. I'm broke and can't do anything the same way I did before pre-stroke. A stroke will do that. So I latch on to what is familiar and comfortable... QWERTY instead of being an innovator with Dvorak.
I'm not saying that I'm no longer an innovator because I am in so many ways, but my typing I'm not. I have grace enough to admit it. I'm not perfect nor do I try to be viewed as such. I'm stubborn and set in my ways not to mention doing QWERTY for over forty years it comes second nature to me. I can be a cantankerous old fart at times. I just can't justify the need to learn a new system of typing.
If you are not a cantankerous old fart, stubborn and set in your ways, or are a born innovator try Dvorak. I hear a bunch of praises of the system from the one handed community. After reading about it, it looks interesting like so many things do to me. It's a passing interest. One on my list to try in the future. Just not today.
Nothing is impossible with determination.