Recently, a few of my wonderful family members have pointed to a blog reading level test that will tell you at what reading level your blog or website registers. Grete came in with a smirk two days ago mentioning her blog was at a post-graduate level. Yesterday, I received an email from my mother-in-law mentioning her level at junior high.
At the end of both “conversations” they each smugly pointed to my rating…
Of course, it was all in good, loving fun (right?), but honestly, I’m proud of my badge. I’m betting they judge a reading level based on sentence length and vocabulary. I write short sentences. And I’m ok with that.
Plus, some of the big, important, and highly visited blogs I follow also tested at an elementary reading level, so I feel I’m in good company…
There are more, but that should be enough for a nice, random sample.
So here’s the lesson: More complex writing does not necessarily mean better writing.
So now, we can all be proud of each other – my post-grad wife, my junior high mother-in-law (and brother-in-law), a genius cousin (who started this whole thing, by the way), and this elementary-level husband.