Monday, March 28, 2005

Superblog!! Reads Good!

Good is just the first word for what Superblog!! is to be read! Really it is best, even BETTER THAN GOOD. In another word, to say you might that Superblog!! is easy read!

Just kidding. I ran the current front page of Superblog!! through this online readability calculator.

Gunning Fog, Flesch Reading Ease, and Flesch-Kincaid are reading level algorithms that can be helpful in determining how readable your content is. Reading level algorithms only provide a rough guide, as they tend to reward short sentences made up of short words. Whilst they're rough guides, they can give a useful indication as to whether you've pitched your content at the right level for your intended audience.
And here are the results:

Total sentences 503
Total words 4,550
Average words per Sentence 9.05
Words with 1 Syllable 3,013
Words with 2 Syllables 979
Words with 3 Syllables 413
Words with 4 or more Syllables 145
Percentage of word with three or more syllables 12.26%
Average Syllables per Word 1.49%
Gunning Fog Index 8.52
Flesch Reading Ease 71.40
Flesch-Kincaid Grade 5.55
The Fog index of 8.52 suggests that Superblog!! is harder to read than Mark Twain and the Bible (huh?), but probably easier than a typical newspaper:

Fog Index Resources
6 TV guides, The Bible, Mark Twain
8 Reader's Digest
8 - 10 Most popular novels
10 Time, Newsweek
11 Wall Street Journal
14 The Times, The Guardian
15 - 20 Academic papers
Over 20 Only government sites can get away with this, because you can't ignore them.
Over 30 The government is covering something up
As for the Reading Ease, 71.40 is fairly decent:

Authors are encouraged to aim for a score of approximately 60 to 70.
But the Flesch-Kincaid grade doesn't really jar with Superblog!!'s Fox Index (there's a three-year difference):

Like the Gunning-Fog index, it is a rough measure of how many years of schooling it would take someone to understand the content.
This is a very boring Superblog!! entry. And I couldn't even be bothered to find an amusing image to illustrate it with. Let's never speak of this fiasco again.

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