2 Tools to Analyze You Blogging Style

Have you read Adam Cohen’s post, What Does Your Blog Say About You? If not, it’s a must read.  In his post Adam ponders over the somewhat interesting analysis he received from Gender Analyzer and Typealyzer. Gender Analyzer uses artificial intelligence to determine whether a blog is authored by a man or a woman.  After submitting my blog, the results concluded that there was a 77% chance it was written by a man.  Seriously – take a look at the screen shot.  To be fair, Gender Analyzer does have a disclaimer:

We created Gender Analyzer out of curiosity and fun. It uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman.GenderAnalyzer REsults

Phew..so Gender Analyzer was developed for entertainment purposes only?  I hope so, because the algorithm seems to have a few bugs in it.   Or it could mean that 77% of the time I write like a man – it’s possible.  I do have a tendency to blog about technology  more than any other topic, and historically technology and science have been dominated by men.  What do you think?

The next tool is Typealyzer, which analyzes your writing style based on your blog posts.  Typealyzer analyzes you blog to determine the type of writer that you are -somewhat of a Myers-Briggs test for bloggers.  Typealyzer’s blog states:

For a long period of time, we have been training our system to recognize texts that characterize the different types. The system, Typealyzer, can now by itself find features that distinguishes one type from another. When all features, words and sentences, are statistically analyzed, Typealyzer is able to guess which personality type the text represents.

Typealyzer concluded that I fit into the category: INTJ – The Scientists.  The people that fit into this type are individualistic, long-range thinkers.   They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.  Frankly I am very, very curious about the world around me.  I consider myself a students of life, but contrary to what Typealyzer says, I’m not afraid to physically try anything new – not at all.   Ok, except for swimming with sharks – never.  Take a look at the screen shots.

I'm a Scientist

My question is, how would you use these tools to improve your blogs, writing style, or find out what makes you tick?  I’d love to hear you thoughts.

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10 Questions to Ask Before You Start Blogging

Photo Credit Somewhat Frank via Flickr

Photo Credit Somewhat Frank via Flickr

Hubspot has a great post on blogging.  As I am continuously trying to improve my blogging by adding value and substance to my blog posts, I found  Joe Pulizzi’s post to be very to be a constructive.

Here are 10 questions I frequently ask bloggers just getting started:

1.  Who are your primary and secondary targets for your blog?

2.  What do you want to tell them?

3.  Do you understand what the key informational needs of the audience are?

Here is a link to the complete post, Before you Start Blogging, Ask Yourself These 10 Questions.

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Learn How to Become an Alpha Blogger

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Image by Phil Moore via Flickr

Are you blog posts worth link backs?  Do your blogs provide valuable content?  Are they educational and informative?  If your answer is no – there’s a good chance you not an Alpha blogger.  Being that I’m a blogging neophyte, I hardly consider myself an Alpha blogger either – but as the saying goes, “knowing is half the battle.”  In a conscious effort to become a better blogger, I subscribe to a variety of different blogs (check out my blogroll). I’m a firm believer that you become a better writer by reading, so I read every blog I possibly can.  Whether your an enthusiast like me or a professional you can always improve on your craft.  So, I have provided links to two articles that are sure to send you on your way to Alpha blogdom – 8 Quick Ways to Write Article for Your Business and Five Grammatical Errors that Make You Look Dumb.

In Hubspot’s 8 Ways to Write Quick Articles for Your Business Blog, Pete Caputa presents eight ways to write an article in under 20 minutes.  Possibly your already using one of the methods such as remixing content you have previously written or aggregator blogging – but there are other ways such as link blogging and running a contest that make this post a must read.

Successful blogging never occurs in a vacuum. Only 1/3rd of a successful blogger’s time is spent writing. They’re not usually sitting down in a quiet room with a pad and paper to write. They’re reading, commenting, networking, and spending a good majority of their time interacting online with people who have similar passions. The unexperienced blogger might think that this process would take even more effort and more time, rather than less. However, by interacting with other people, ideas come easier and words and paragraphs begin to flow.

This second post is from Copyblogger Five Grammatical Errors That Make You Look Dumb by Brian Clark.  In his post Brian points out 5 grammatical errors, that are sure to subtract from your credibility as a writer.  Read this post to ensure that you avoid them at all costs.

While we all hope what we have to say is more important than some silly grammatical error, the truth is some people will not subscribe or link to your blog if you make dumb mistakes when you write, and buying from you will be out of the question.


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People in the Real World

In a recent call-to-action, Chris Brogan in, People in the Real World urges bloogers to:

Share the living HELL out of the humanity and the real world-ness that goes into being a blogger and a technologist and someone from the future. Because what you know WILL change the way people live, and it’ll work a whole hell of a lot better if you help people get there, instead of maintaining that strange distance.

I’m sure you will enjoy Chris’ post as much as I did.

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Tips and Techniques for Better Blogs

I found this fascinating quote today by Chris Brogan:

Your blog topics are getting weak. You had a nice run with passion for a while, but now, you’re looking for better blog topics, more interesting content, and you’re still trying to grow that elusive community. How are you going to succeed?

You should read the whole article.

Chris Brogan advises businesses, organizations and individuals on how to use social media and social networks to build relationships and deliver value.