Rose at Romantoes and Erica (a.k.a. “Cleanser”) at the good old daysfound some fun little gizmos for blog analysis last week, so I decided to put Historiann.com through the wringer too to see what we’d have left over to hang out on the clothesline. Here’s what the random and non peer-reviewed internets have to say about chez nous:
- This blog is probably written by a man, “however it’s quite gender neutral.” Yes, there’s a 59% chance that I’m a man! (I guess most blogs that contain the word “feminist” and “feminism” over and over again are written by angry men, and not angry women? Wev.) The program must have a grammar-based rather than a content-based algorithm.
- This blog is worth $47,421.36. Not bad for a very part-time job. (Actually, that number is disturbingly close to what I earn at my day job! When those lines cross, I’m outta Baa Ram U., baby.) Of course that website doesn’t tell me who precisely would pay me $47K+ for my blog–but I’m sure that once I’ve resigned, I’ll have lots of time to figure that out.
- The typealyzer analysis was disturbingly accurate in some ways, and comically off-base in others. Apparently, I am a “mechanic.” Here goes:
“The independent and problem-solving type. They are especially attuned to the demands of the moment are masters of responding to challenges that arise spontaneously. They generally prefer to think things out for themselves and often avoid inter-personal conflicts.”
That’s me, for the most part, and this blog has become something of an agony column this semester, not to mention all of the posts on academic bullying that have proved so (unfortunately!) popular. So, what else?
“The Mechanics enjoy working together with other independent and highly skilled people and often like seek fun and action both in their work and personal life. They enjoy adventure and risk such as in driving race cars or working as policemen and firefighters.”
Fun? Sure. Action and risk–oh my, no. The most adventure I get is hunting for a parking space Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at Baa Ram U., and the biggest risk I take is the occasional cup of black coffee after 3 p.m. I live in a happily predictable routine, and actually prefer it this way, after working so hard and spending so many years wondering if I would ever have the kind of professional and family life I enjoy now, at the same time and in the same state. “Risk” at this point would mean severe illness or disability for me or the illness, disability, or loss of a friend or family member, and I can live without that kind of drama, thanks very much.
Here’s what’s kind of funny: Erica is an engineer, and Typealyzer says her blog is written by a “Performer,” you know “[t]he entertaining and friendly type. They are especially attuned to pleasure and beauty and like to fill their surroundings with soft fabrics, bright colors and sweet smells. They live in the present moment and don’t like to plan ahead — they are always in risk of exhausting themselves.” And I’m the “mechanic!” (Those of you who know me in real life will have a laugh at that one.) Sorry, Erica–I’m just as baffled as you are, although I think your blog is “especially attuned to pleasure and beauty,” not to mention humor and retro-domesticity, which is why I love it! Oh, and Rose and Tom: you’re “Performers” too!
Run your blogs through the wringer and let me know what you find. (I’ve already checked some of you out–there are a lot of “Performers” on my blogroll!)