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Offline andyj

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Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« on: December 15, 2015, 01:08:04 AM »
This suggestion spins from a few exchanges in this topic regarding American Cursive.  First, the proposal:

Category:      Everyday Handwriting
Description:   Styles, suggestions, tools, supplies, and general appreciation for one's everyday hand.

I've read a few other requests for new categories and I can appreciate the need and the value in keeping the categories simple.  However, I would suggest that the most general category of the blessed thing we're talking about is not represented -- everyday handwriting!  While a "General" discussion does exist, without the context of handwriting, in particular, then I think it's overly broad to catch and attract topics aimed at what is really sort of a specific idea (everyday handwriting).  In other words, Everyday Handwriting would be a good point of focus for those everyday styles that we all use everyday and to be honest, take it from a remedial penmanship internet hobo: there's no good place for us to call home. 

As elementary schools continue to exchange "penmanship" for "keyboarding" the resources for this vital personal skill throughout our communities will become increasingly valued - first for parents looking for insights, then for graduated high schoolers unhappy with their primitive penmanship.

Now look at me, for example.  While I'm really interested in calligraphy as I've been seeing it, I'm quite a long ways from it.  Yet, a specific category appropriate for, say, American Cursive, may draw more newbies like myself who could slowly graduate to the more calligraphic and ornate styles.

As a sidenote, I think the tools are probably a bit different, as well, so this could be a good place to discuss the supplies for everyday use.  Maybe gel pens and travel notepads and scrappy fountain pens that you can carry in your pocket or purse.  So that would be another area that could fall into this everyday category.

Other topics as mentioned in the originating link above may be around teaching penmanship, nationalistic styles (I believe, for example, that there is still a very defined and supported French penmanship program in the school system).  All of these would fit well into an Everyday Handwriting topic.

In the previous link, there are some suggestions for a category named "Handwriting" or "Penmanship" which are also good options.  I preferred to suggest Everyday Handwriting because I think it gives a little credit and appreciation to that most personal of skills which -- even in its everyday form -- is arguably the evidence and essence of the most significant accomplishment of mankind.

Erica, please consider!

Andy
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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2015, 08:02:55 AM »
This sounds like a very welcome addition to the forum. Thanks for taking the time to fill in all the good reasons why this topic is an important one.

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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2015, 01:04:06 PM »
I really like this idea. I think a lot of people want to improve their everyday handwriting (I know I do!) but don't know where to start. It's like a relatable, less intimidating step into the world of writing.
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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2015, 04:32:46 PM »
I think this is a great idea, and second what Jean said.  Very well thought out.

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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #4 on: December 15, 2015, 07:47:10 PM »
Excellent suggestion! Ask and you shall receive.  ;D

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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 08:20:25 PM »
Yay! Thank you! :)
« Last Edit: December 15, 2015, 10:04:10 PM by andyj »
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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2015, 04:07:09 AM »
Thanks, Erica :)!
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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2016, 12:21:32 PM »
I also think this an excellent idea as well.  Unfortunately, they are eliminating handwriting in schools.  Students are required to print everything.  I don't agree with it, but that's  the way it is. 

I also have noticed that they more I've been practicing my calligraphy strokes, the better my handwriting has become.  Has anyone noticed that?

I'm a newbie to the forum and can't wait to jump right on in.

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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2016, 04:12:14 PM »
Hi Donna,
Welcome! Yes, I notice that as well. It doesn't improve it as much as I would like but definitely does. It's weird how the two are so different for me.

Anyhow, the board was created and is here: Everyday Handwriting.

Enjoy!  :)
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Re: Category suggestion: Everyday Handwriting
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2016, 03:35:46 AM »
Wow, this sounds really great! Thanks for considering this suggestion, Erica!!! :) :) :)
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