Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: MIT so easy to read!

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Monday, April 25, 2005

MIT so easy to read!

So I saw a couple of people (like Kevin Drum) found a way to give your blog a readability test. Here are mine: Readability Results for
Readability ResultsSummaryValue
Total sentences 1,309
Total words 14,134
Average words per Sentence 10.80
Words with 1 Syllable 9,455
Words with 2 Syllables 2,801
Words with 3 Syllables 1,331
Words with 4 or more Syllables 547
Percentage of word with three or more syllables 13.29%
Average Syllables per Word 1.50
Gunning Fog Index 9.63
Flesch Reading Ease 68.75
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 6.35

14,134 words?! WOW. That's quite the output for just about 8 months. However, the words with 1 sylable probably contribute to the three boldfaced stats.

The Gunning Fog Index is supposed to be a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content. The lower the number, the more understandable the content will be to your visitors.

Here are some typical Fog Index scores:

8 Reader's Digest
8 - 10 Most popular novels
10 Time, Newsweek
11 Wall Street Journal
14 The Times, The Guardian

The reading ease index is supposed to be an index number that rates the text on a 100-point scale. The higher the score, the easier it is to understand the document. Authors are encouraged to aim for a score of approximately 60 to 70.

The Flesch-Kincaid grade level is supposed to be a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content. (much of these explanations were paraphrased from Dr. Bainbridge)

In conclusion. If I am as foggy as Most popular novels and Time, right at the top of the readability index, and so Fleshy any 6th grader could spend days on MIT, Why the hell am I only getting 30 hits a day?

And why the hell can't I get big blogger's attention?

I am no writer but these stats are encouraging. However, I would prefer to sound I guess a bit more intelligent, since 6th graders don't realy vote, nor do they have political leanings, and by the time they are old enough to do both, they become so engrossed in a world of sex and drugs that probably nothing I have to say really affects them. Let me abandon this one before the LA police storm my neverland ranch.

But the reading ease score makes me happy. That means you don't have to spend so much time on MIT that your head explodes. I am probably clearler than many other writers, which means you don't have to go back and read a sentence twice.

Anyway Keep on reading and I will try to use bigger words to sound more smarter and stuff. (Dang I feel the average dropping already)