I used to be good at spelling. Really good. And then, post children - not so good. At first I blamed my children for eating my brain cells, but then I came to the rueful realisation that it was because my reading habits had changed. And it's all Al Gore's fault for inventing the internet. Stupid git.
Before the internet I read a lot of books - a LOT of books. After the internet, I read boards and later blogs. Guess which has the higher writing/reading level. Guess which will reinforce the spelling of longer, higher-level words.
After coming to that realisation, I made it a point to read more books again and my spelling started coming back up to snuff. Sadly, my typing still sucks, so it doesn't show.
Want to know how I learned to type? I hope so, since I'm about to launch into it.
When we moved back to the States, my parents chose Wisconsin as a landing place since my mom's cousin raved to my dad about the UW-Madison's history of Science program. My dad was going to go back for a Master's Degree in this field, so WI it was. As it happened, my dad - technology and gadgetry lover that he was - ended up in some computer classes and would sometimes need to go down to the lab at night to work on program assignments. This was still back in the day of 8" floppy discs. He would bring my sis and I and let us log in to the computers (username "Hello", password "100") and play "Adventure." Adventure was a text-only adventure game. Maybe you remember it: "You are in a field. To the north of you is a small white house." I didn't know how to type and this was ponderously slow, but oh, so fun. I played for hours and hours.
My dad bought our first computer - a Vic20 remember those? - when I was maybe 13ish. Wanna know how? He sold his plasma, LOL! Talk about blood, sweat and tears. He sold his plasma for $15 or $20 a shot and saved the dough for a computer. It had a tape drive. Cassette tape. Eventually he got a Commodore64 and a floppy drive. 5" discs this time. Somewhere in there I was introduced to Zork. As it turned out, Zork was the SAME GAME as Adventure! Bliss! I played for more hours and soon found that I actually knew where the letters were. By High School, I could type pretty fast (though I did have to delete and fix pretty often) and had NO intention of wasting my time taking a class because a) proper typing was for secretaries and I was NEVER going to be one of those! b) why waste time on something I could already do? (albeit really not all that well) and c) I was a rebel - I didn't need to learn to type "properly."
I never did learn the proper typing method. I still feel a little rebellious about even trying.