Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Elementary my dear...

I am not sure if I should be offended or not. There is a website that purports to rate the reading level of blogs. This blog was rated as Elementary School.

My previous blog,, is rated as having a reading level of Junior High School.

I am not at all sure what this means. The link for this test is: The Blog Readability Test.

Should I use more, and larger, words? More complex sentence structures?

I remember being told, many years ago, that I wrote as I spoke. I recall the tone of voice too - it conveyed astonishment. Even then I was not at all sure what that meant.

Well, for what it is worth, it seems that the reading level required for understanding what I write in my blog has come down since I abandoned Microsoft's Live Spaces and moved to TypePad.

I recall the reason was to make things easier for me. If an added bonus is that readers have an easier time, so be it.

Interestingly enough, the blog, is rated at Genius level. Well now.


  1. I *like* your writing style. And perhaps Mr. RJChristopher gets points for all the telepathic writing he does?

  2. Many thanks Liz, glancing through my more recent posts I notice a couple of Greek words. I'm impressed with what they teach in Elementary School these days!
    As for Mr. RJChristopher, I do not know.

  3. Ah, what a shame. The site seems to be having difficulties with its database. I just get a database login failure.
    I have used Website Grader, and was told that the reading level was High School. They thought that was a bad thing. So you should be in great shape.

  4. Thanks ~jon. I might check out Website Grader although, in truth, my blog is hardly in the ranks of highly-trafficked and I know many of my readers, all of whom can handle Elementary School level if not a good deal beyond that.
    Although, run-on sentences, such as the above, may draw comment. :-}