Some memes are more fun than others…
OK, so readability or reading level is largely fiction–but it’s entertaining fiction.
Naturally, I had to try the Blog Readability Test. Lo and behold: Junior High School
Oh, isn’t that cute: the code you paste sneaks in an ad for cash advances. Not on this blog, bubba. I my write at a junior high school level, but I comprehend pretty well.
Junior high school. Ain’t that sumpin’?
The test site says it can handle most web sites. It couldn’t handle my personal site or C&I, but it can handle pure HTML. So I tried a few essays from Cites & Insights:
- Library 2.0 and “Library 2.0”: High school.
- Cites on a Plane 2 (the Conference issue): High school.
- On Disagreement and Discussion: High school. Hmm. I’m beginning to sense a pattern…
- The Making it Work essay from June 2007: Aha. College undergrad level.
- But most other essays I check…High school.
Which is, frankly, OK with me.
Other libloggers? Up to them to decide whether to play and whether this is a good thing, bad thing or just peculiar thing. But let’s look at a few of the non-library blogs I track:
- Bad Science: Genius level (!)
- Civilities: High school
- Freedom to Tinker: College (postgrad)
- Good Math, Bad Math: Junior high school (interesting: This has some of the deepest articles of the lot)
- John Scalzi’s Whatever (Scalzi’s a science fiction writer): High school
[Updated 11/16 after the pasted code broke. Maybe because I removed the ad?]