What’s Your Blog’s Reading level?

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The Archer of the Forest took a look at a few--see what you make of the results.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchBlogging & the Internet

Posted May 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Dee in Iowa wrote:

Heck, we all knew that…....genius of course…..and we the genius readers are chips off the old block - genious every one….

May 25, 8:19 pm | [comment link]
2. TomRightmyer wrote:

t19 was at college undegrad level when I checked Sunday 5-25 7:48 pm

May 25, 8:48 pm | [comment link]
3. Payton wrote:

#2, perhaps… but a really, really smart undergrad at a really, really good school smile

May 25, 9:10 pm | [comment link]
4. Matthew A (formerly mousestalker) wrote:

Genius. Same as it was last time I checked. Of course, genius can have many meanings.

The Episcopal Church: Where vox populi is always received as Vox Dei.

May 25, 9:25 pm | [comment link]
5. ElaineF. wrote:

# 4 Where vox populi is always received as Vox Dei…Heh, heh…Great!

May 25, 10:55 pm | [comment link]
6. robroy wrote:

Here are some of my fav’s:

Stand Firm is college (postgrad) right now despite the thread about Gene Robinson’s June “wedding” plans.

Brad Drell’s is high school.

Anglican Curmudgeon is genius

Still on Patrol is college (undergrad).

Dean Munday’s To All the World blog is highschool.

And D.C. Toedt’s Questioning Christian is also highschool.

I am skeptical about the last two.

May 25, 10:55 pm | [comment link]
7. oldnarnian wrote:

I believe that The Archer of the Forest, as of last Ascension Day, is now The Archer+ of the Forest.

May 25, 10:59 pm | [comment link]
8. William P. Sulik wrote:

I dissent - the true sign of genius is to not write at a level which requires a post-graduate education to decipher; but to write at a level which all can understand. 

At work, I strive to produce all legal documents and letters readable by a 5th grader, while not sacrificing specificity.  I’ve used Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning - FOG, SMOG, Coleman-Liau, and Fry to work at this.  Similarly, I give new attorneys Prof. Eugene Volokh’s “Eschew, Evade, and/or Eradicate Legalese” available here:  http://tinyurl.com/4vge5z

If I write: “The Consumer, as defined in paragraph one, will be charged an assessment due to late performance (as defined above)” in a contract, that might earn that contract a genius level readability score, but I’d much rather write something like “We will charge you a late fee” and get a grade school readability score.


Having written the above, you can see what a failure I am.  I plugged this into a Flesch-Kincaid calculator (here: http://tinyurl.com/3ntyt3) and came up with some high scores: 

Method used: Flesch-Kincaid (English).
Flesch-Kincaid Grade level: 16.
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease score: 19.

I’m hoping it’s because of the mention of the different tests and quoting Volokh’s pamphlet.

May 25, 11:19 pm | [comment link]
9. MargaretG wrote:

That site is fun!
T19 and the episcopal church website were both college undergraduate

MCJ - High School

Inch at a time was Junior High School

May 26, 1:08 am | [comment link]
10. DuPage Anglican wrote:

Another strange experiment:
Detroit Free Press — Junior High School
New York Times — High School
Chicago Tribune — Genius

May 26, 9:56 am | [comment link]
11. Br_er Rabbit wrote:

I dissent - the true sign of genius is to not write at a level which requires a post-graduate education to decipher; but to write at a level which all can understand.

I agree, noting that most newspapers are written at the 5th grade level, and I have come to appreciate the NLT Bible translation at the 4th grade level.

Having said that, my Gulf Coast blog measures Junior High School, while my current blog measures at High School level.

The Rabbit.

May 26, 9:57 am | [comment link]
12. The_Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

Wow, I’ve never gotten a billing on Titus One Nine before…what an honor!

I was, in fact, just ordained a priest on May 1st. Due to my contrarian nature, I usually don’t use the “+” sign on my screen name. I usually use a “-” or perhaps even a “%” sign to see if anyone gets it.

Yes, sometimes my humor is so subtle that I don’t even get it.
-The Archer+ * & % (or whatever)

Best wishes on your ordination and new ministry.

The Elves

May 26, 11:05 am | [comment link]
13. Jill C. wrote:

And the Dallas Morning News is “College (Post-grad)” reading level? Hmm . . . I hae me doots!  (As my Scottish great-grandmother used to say.)

May 26, 5:21 pm | [comment link]
14. writingmom15143 wrote:

#8…From all my years of writing press releases, brochures,
advertisements, etc. as a public relations and marketing director,
I always aimed to write at a 6th grade level.  Now certainly there were vast differences in reading abilities among sixth graders, but the bottom line was (and is today in my life as a mom) to share the message clearly. (Especially when that message begins with a capital “M”!)

May 26, 11:00 pm | [comment link]
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