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A typecast (blogging) (a.k.a. typecasting or typecasting blog) is a form of blogging by media type and publishing in the format of a blog, but differentiated by the predominant use of and focus on text created with a typewriter and then scanned rather than text entered directly into a computer. Typecasting (the action of posting scanned typewritten images to a typecasting blog) is still a relatively rare form of a media type blog similar to vblog and photoblogs.
There are several reasons to create typecasting blogs. For writers who prefer the use of typewriters to write text manually it remains the best way to post electronic copies of their original text. These texts or portions of texts may include unedited text, handwritten edits, notes or signs of proofreading that allow the reader to see the raw text complete with typos, errors and corrections. Typecasting may appeal to fans of or collectors of typewriters and some typecasters employ the use of several different machines or styles of machines to create their posts. Some typecasters are writers who dislike word processors or who reject computers use as a writing tools even if they use them for revisions. Other typecasters pay tribute to manual forms of writing and like the appeal of typecasting, including writers "...who like the sound of a typewriter bell at the end of a sentence". Lastly, many people that typecast do so in order to preserve typewriting as a means of creating texts, a means of remembering a vanishing skill or as a form of manual communication.
Typecast blogs may be posted on individual domains, typecast blogs on blogging services such as Blogger that were designed primarily for electronically entered text content, and sketchblogs or image specific blogging services.
- Lowry, Cheryl. . As reported by Martin Kaste in "An Ode To Clicky Keys" on NPR.org, February 2009