Thursday, March 15, 2018

See you later, Instagram

I joined social media in order to promote The Typewriter Revolution. My reflections on this situation have previously been posted on this blog (here and here).

Pinterest, Vine, and Tumblr didn't do anything for me. Twitter was unpleasant and unrewarding, and I discontinued it a while ago. Instagram has been the most enjoyable experience by far, but that's part of the problem. Today I posted the following message.

I'm not deleting my Instagram account, and as I said, I may return to it occasionally to post something significant, but I need to stop using it on a regular basis.

This leaves Facebook as the only social medium where I'm actively promoting my book. I'll probably keep that page, but I'm going to feel less compelled to use it to share every little news item about typewriters. For me, the main use of Facebook is to participate in the typewriter collectors' groups, where the site's software is admittedly excellent for multiparty conversations. But I don't trust Facebook with my information, so I use a pseudonym and never post anything on my personal timeline.

As for blogging, as I suggested in my Instagram post, there's no doubt that the blogosphere has declined since the rise of social media, and that includes the typosphere. Interactions between authors and audience are not as efficient and quick on blogs as on Facebook or Instagram. Readers may have to make some effort to find posts and spend some time understanding them. That all flies in the face of the craving for quick and easy "hits" of information that the Internet is designed to deliver. But although my audience here is small and may be decreasing, I continue to enjoy typecasting, so for now, this blog will continue.

Sunday, March 11, 2018


This weekend I had the privilege of repairing this 1929 Royal P with Russian keyboard and red faux-crocodile paint. I thought you'd like to see it.

The label on the inside of the case says something about alcohol, probably warning users not to rub it on the paint. And this typewriter's original owner, who may have been a Bostonian, certainly took good care of it. Usually the paint on these Royals has been worn down on the corners, but this one is in great shape.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

“As I typed those words, I wept."

I'm almost embarrassed to post this excerpt from a letter, but I take it as a tribute to typewriters, not to me.