I’ve just taken a Blog Readability Test.
I was quite surprised by my score of ‘High School’, because I’d have imagined that, in order to be understood by the average 11-16-year-old, a blog would have to be written in txt and full of :-) and ;-[ or like sooooo full of you know like kinda like cool stuff, know wot I mean? Yeah? Right? I’m like sooooo wo’evvah.
Had I achieved a ‘higher’ score, however, I think I’d have been a little worried that it meant my writing was obscure and impenetrable. The test very clearly states that it shows ‘what level of education is required to understand your blog’. This seems to me quite unambiguous. The higher the level of education required, the less lucid and intelligible your blog. It's not a test of the blogger's erudition, surely, but a test of its accessibilty to readers.
And yet, and yet, there are those out there (and I shan’t name names, but you know who you are) who are positively rejoicing (boasting even – would you credit it?) about the fact that their readers need to be of ‘Genius’-level intelligence to have the first clue what on earth they’re bloggin’ about. They even have a badge to prove it, which they display with no small modicum of pride. Maybe it's their not very coded way of saying 'this blog welcomes only those in academia - no riff-raff allowed'.
Hmmmmm. Maybe, not being very bright myself, I've completely misunderstood the purpose of this test. Perhaps my score means 'this blogger writes at sub-GCSE level, so if you're looking for anything interesting, please visit a Genius-level blog instead'.
I'm confused and slightly paranoid now.
If you want to test the readability of your blog and see what you make of all this nonsense, then click here (NB, I found I had to insert www. before my blog name to make it work.)
Leave a comment (if you dare to share), to let me know how you get on!
Oh, go on. Pleeeease?
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