There are lots of posts out there about personal branding and the significance in one’s career – plenty of great advice to be found. While having an account on Facebook, Twitter and other networks and platforms is important for building a social media presence, a blog is one element of a personal brand – an outpost of sorts – that is completely personal in its representation. Even a business focused blog is defined by the content (and to some extent the layout and look/feel).
Similarly, there are lots of personality tests and web-based tools to help measure how effective writing can be. I’m not sure many of them are too helpful yet, but two tools that have popped up recently in conversations are Gender Analyzer and Typealyzer. Each can provide some insight as to writing style, although since they are automated I’ll take their feedback with a grain of salt. Gender Analyzer says there is a 100% probability that my blog is authored by a male. Well, they got it right. But what does that mean? Is my writing style alienating or offending half of my potential readership? Not sure it would influence my writing style but I’d like to understand if gender of content is important to you. What do you think?
Typealyzer has more insight to offer. Rosetta colleague Paul Ferris wrote about Typealyzer recently, as did Doc Searls. The warning at the top of Typealyzer’s page says, “writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person’s self-percieved personality.” That’s true, but I found the site useful in understanding how I write.
My blog’s Typealyzer result:
INTJ – The Scientists
The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it – often with a highly creative and imaginative touch. They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be pshysically [sic] hesitant to try new things.
The Scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity. Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communcating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use concrete examples. Since they are extremely good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone.
The site also provided a map of my brain activity while I write:
I think they hit a lot about me right on. I don’t typically use my blog “spiritually” or wear much emotion on my sleeeves here. I try to provide insight or share thoughts and learnings that don’t fit in 140 characters on Twitter, and tend to think a lot before I write or publish. Maybe I think too much.
What does your blog say about you? If you don’t have one, that says something too – why?