Along with buying a M01, I decided to make the jump to Workman which I have had my eyes on since quite some time. I tried keybr.com as recommended by the Getting Started guide which came with the M01 and thankfully it has Workman. But I didn’t have the patience or time to separately allocate for “mastering” the keys (especially since I never took any such training for QWERTY back all those years ago).
So I just spent some time on that tutor for the home keys and decided to jump into the cold water after that and this post is being entirely typed in Workman. The fact that M01’s natural contours almost force me to do proper fingering helps me very much (even on QWERTY in fact). And I do feel that Workman seriously helps reduce hand/finger movement and puts even non home letters at “natural” positions in general. The B and V seem slightly hard to reach though and the “castling” of R and W vis-a-vis QWERTY causes occasional hiccups.
Nevertheless I am pleased to see that I am able to reach the correct keys most of the time though my speed is obviously very low. I have a QWERTY layout accessible with Meta+Q for when I am in a hurry (and I first typed that ‘huwwy’, LOL) but – and this is sort of strange – I feel sort of disoriented, like I’m doing something “wrong”, but I’m getting by.
However this experience is maybe something like giving birth (as if a male like me can ever really know that to compare!) – physically painful, yet spiritually pleasurable and finally productive!