For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know…
When you use a word/term that you think your readers might not know do you think you should add a link to it, or is it a better idea to let people find out on their own?
I try to keep my vocabulary when writing posts to be pretty basic. I don’t want my readers to have to run screaming to their dictionaries when they’re reading my posts in order to understand the words I use and what I’m saying. So I try to avoid “unusual” words in my posts. I’m not trying to “dumb down” my writing. I just want to make sure reading what I write is a pleasant experience for most people.
I found an online readability assessment tool on the internet and cut and pasted the text from this post of mine from a few days ago through that tool. Here are the results of that test:
So that particular post of mine was written to be consumable to a reader with an eighth and ninth grade reading comprehension level (i.e., ages 13-15). I am pretty sure that most of those who read my blog can deal with that reading level.
If you want to put a sample of your own writing through that same reading level test, you can click here. You might find the results interesting.