You may be smarter, but you like reading at a level lower than a fifth grader, according to Dan Zarrella. I have been following Dan’s posts lately. His post “Simple Language Gets Shared More on Facebook” outlines that, on average, we “share” more on Facebook the simpler the title is. Dan has found that the smaller the sentences, and the simpler the language used, the more likely you are to Facebook “share”. Ok, we probably all knew this in the back of our mind. We are skimmers, glancing at headlines to see what we are going to invest our precious time in. Dan has created a plugin for WordPress that will even tell a blog writer the estimated grade level of a particular blog article. I knew I had to be careful what I wrote. After all, I was a C– English student at Ball State. (I hope my mother, who was a school teacher, doesn’t read this.) Before long, we will see headlines such as “See Spot run.” and “I like green eggs and ham.”
I ran Dan’s plugin against this blog, and got a grade level of 6.38. I am going to apply Dan’s plugin against the rest of my blog archive and see what kind of grade I will keep you posted.
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