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November 16, 2007

bookofjoe reading level: 'Elementary school'


Why are we not surprised at this "news?"

Reader James Thornburg emailed me this past Monday to alert me to reader David Bogner's post last Sunday, in which Bogner wrote:

    Treppenwitz: The short school bus of weblogs

    Apparently there is a site out there that will scan your blog and tell you what level of education is required to understand what you write.

    So obviously the first thing I did was go and enter in most of the blogs I know. I mean seriously, if we're going back to school here we may as well admit that it's all about what all the other kids are doing.

    I'm not sure what algorithm they're using to come up with their ratings, but if a board certified anesthesiologist is rated at Elementary School level and a graduate of an Ivy League journalism school is stuck in Jr. High with me... well, I must doing OK.


You could look it up.


Or just glance at the graphic above if you're pressed for time.

November 16, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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This is talking about the level of education required to understand the blog, not the level of education the blog is likely to attract! :-)

Good work.

Posted by: treppenwitz | Nov 18, 2007 3:13:19 AM

Doesn't work on my blog, but this one does:

my blog

Gunning Fog Index 7.88
Flesch Reading Ease 78.49
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 4.83


Gunning Fog Index 10.60
Flesch Reading Ease 63.28
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 7.06

Posted by: origamifreak | Nov 16, 2007 9:57:27 PM

PS: I would think your blog needed a higher education level than elementary school, definitely.

Posted by: patience | Nov 16, 2007 7:09:25 PM

That was fun. My blogger blog--that is linked to Cville blogs rates at a genius level. My xanga blog--where I'm more laid back b/c there's less chance someone I know is reading it rates as junior high level.

Posted by: patience | Nov 16, 2007 7:07:41 PM

I just have to comment on this:

Thank you!!

As long as you keep writing at an Elementary School level it is guaranteed that I will understand what I'm reading. Does this also mean that the media articles that you post here are also written at the same level? Washington Post anyone?

Posted by: Brian | Nov 16, 2007 12:23:45 PM

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