I just found this forum, or is it a blog system being used as a forum? I thought I'd post an intro and ask for some suggestions.
I'm Kevin. I started exploring the shorthand world while searching for something to help with taking more complete minutes at monthly meetings. I quickly became fascinated, and a little bewildered, by all the possibilities. Since Gregg is the most popular system in the US I started there. I read somewhere, but can't remember where, that Gregg shorthand is meant to be transcribed shortly after the dictation is taken. Is that true? I'd prefer a system that can be read accurately long after the dictation is taken. I spent some time checking out other systems such as Pitman's, Teeline, and Thomas Natural. I like some of the concepts of Pitman's. For example, on page:
part way down it shows the outline for dreading and says:
It says "dreading". Not "dr/g" or some dumb abbreviation like that, but "dreading", clear as day.
While I like some of Pitman's concepts I'm not crazy about trying to write Pitman's, especially with modern writing implements. I have a small collection of fountain pens but none have a flexible enough nib for Pitman's.
I've now come back for another look at Gregg shorthand. I'm having trouble choosing a version to try. I think I'm leaning towards Anniversary. I just discovered the functional method books a few days ago and have book one of the 1936 edition on it's way to me. If I decide to stick with Anniversary, does anyone have any other book suggestions? Or, would it be better to go with another version. I've already collected a few Simplified and DJS books.
Also, does anyone know of any active Gregg mailing lists? I prefer mailing lists to online forums.
(by Kevin for group greggshorthand)