Thanks to Alice Linsley of Just Genesis (well worth checking out on a regular basis) for this reference to The Blog Readability Test (http://www.criticsrant.com/bb/reading_level.aspx) You bring up the webpage, type in the URL of your blog (or any other site you want to check), and the site gets an instant rating ranging from Elementary School to Genius. I have no idea of how the thing works. Frankly, it seems a bit fishy, even if your friendly neighborhood Byzantine Anglo-Catholic did get into the Genius category. Maybe it does some kind of vocabulary analysis. When I'm writing these posts a lot of the arcane theological terms get redlined by Spell-check (including, I notice, the word "redline" itself, which is really not a theological term unless one is a real hardcore Calvinist), so maybe there's a connection of that sort. Quien sabe? I'm a geek, but not a computer geek. I recently installed Haloscan without having to ask anyone for help, which for me is a major accomplishment.
How does this site compare with others? Your intrepid blogkeeper applied the Blog Readability Test to several other sites of interest and came up with the following results:
- Anglican Church of Nigeria: HIGH SCHOOL. These guys are in the forefront of the move to split the Anglican Communion. Apparently a high school diploma counts for more in the Global South.
- Episcopal Church (national website) and Stand Firm in Faith: both COLLEGE UNDERGRAD. These entities are diametrically opposed theologically and hate each other's guts to boot. At least they hate each other's guts as intellectual equals.
- Anglican Communion: GENIUS. Archbishop Rowan Williams probably is a real genius, but that won't prevent the AC from going down the crapper.
- Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles: GENIUS. These jokers rejected me for ordination. No way in hell!
- Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America: GENIUS. A lot of their people are Anglican converts, so that makes sense.
- Convocation of Anglicans in North America: These folks are affiliated with the Nigerian Church and are dead set against the agenda of the Episcopal Church. I tried three times to get a rating and the message each time was "something went wrong..." which sums it up pretty well.
- Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, Ca: HIGH SCHOOL. This is my own parish. We have an openly gay rector and have been blessing gay unions for years, yet we are at the same level as the Nigerian Church. Hmmm...