Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The KISS Principle

The other day while reading through some of the blogs I check daily, I ran across one that had an award posted that stated her blog was rated 'College Undergraduate' level.

The link was also posted taking you to a place that after typing in your URL, it would scan your blog and tell you where you rated on their scale of 'intelligence'. So, I put in my URL, and it came back 'Elementary' level. At first, I was a little peeved that my blog didn't come back with 'Doctorial' level, being the genius that I am---NOT! But it could have at least had been 'High School' or something better than 'Elementary'.

Not to brag, but I do have a BS in Computer Information Technology and have worked in my field for 13 years. So while I was feeling insulted this morning, something dawned on me. I'm very proud to be rated 'Elementary', because in many of the English and Communication courses I took in college, we were taught the KISS principle. I know many of you already know what that means, but if you haven't heard, it means Keep It Simple Stupid! And before you feel insulted as I did earlier, I realized I was doing a great job of putting my thoughts and ideas out in a manner in which everyone who reads my blog would easily understand.

Case in point--Would you rather sit and listen to someone who is talking over your head, or someone who can put their thoughts in a language that is easy and pleasant to listen to. That's what I hope to do here. That is make your reading pleasurable. That way, even though I write for myself and family primarily, you may want to read what I have to say rather than after the first few lines, lose track of my thoughts, and click on someone else's blog.

I don't post enough pictures, I don't wax philosophical, I can't spell worth a dime any more, I am not a poet or a deep thinker, and there are lots of other things I am not, but I enjoy this medium, and hope anyone who ventures here does too.

Gee, I guess I've found another soapbox onto which to climb.

If you want to find out what your rating is, go to this link:
http://www.criticsrant.com/bb/readinglevel/img/undergrad.jpg

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. Do something silly. Make someone laugh

12 comments:

Lisa J said...

Oh who cares what others think your blog is rated??? I think, I KNOW you are great, kind hearted, real, and one of the first blogs I read every morning. Except yesterday when I didn't get to read blogs till late!!! Send me the link to have my blogged checked would you??? I bet I won't get past kindergarden. Who cares!

#1daughter said...

I only read this today because I thought you were going to be talking about the rock group KISS. Imagine my disappointment!

Sage said...

I have checked my rating three times over the past year. It has come back with three different ratings, all the way from elementary to doctoral. Guess I wouldn't put too much stock in the results!

I prefer blogs of people who I know are caring and absolutely human.....not those who spout words and thoughts only a PhD could understand. You, my dear friend, are a human being, one I would like to meet and be back yard fence friends with!

You are a real person, and I hope you'll stay that way!

Blessings on your day!
Marge

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i did this thingy a while back and my blog was elementary too... I also did one that rated like movied and I was please that mine was G rated LOL...I find blogs with tons of sex boring and ones filled with cursing and nasty language boring and offensive and thankfully I can pick and choose and no one is the wiser... I like your blog and find it very enjoyable and and tickled to have had a commment from you to lead me to it! THANK YOU.
Laura

Laura ~Peach~ said...

oh and I forgot to mention my life is led by KISS has been for MANY MANY YEARS!

IzzyBeth said...

You don't have to use big words . . . I think like you do - the simpler you speak, the wider group of people that will understand you. :-)

pam said...

I find your posts delightful and real. I think your daughters and grandkids are truly blessed to have you, and when i stumbled into your blog I bookmarked it because I found someone who seemed sincere and real. I don't have many blogs book marked, but yours was simple and real. I liked that. And thanks to you I often think I need to do something silly and make someone laugh. See, you are personally responsible for a stranger acting goofy. Look at the power your blog holds! Who needs ratings! haha
Have a good day :)

Me Maw said...

Hello there Memaw Bakes, I am a Memaw too (only, take out, no baking, Ha). You have a wonderful blog indeed.

I thought you might find something that happened to me (a stranger) amusing. You see I just recently began to blog. My daughter, (35 years old) called me the other day, and asked if I had a secret blog. Posting "incognito". I said no, why?

Apparently she ran across your blog and because we have so much in common she thought you were me! And that maybe I had a secret blog, so she would not bug me about it! Isn't that funny?

Here are just a few of the things we have in common. I am a christian, mother of 3 grown children, six grandchildren, live in the south, post in the wee hours of the morning. I can be forgetful, I lean Democrat and I am wearied by this election. There are many other things, but I can't remember them! ha! I am still laughing, she REALLY thought I was blogging behind her back.

You tend to excel in areas I do not. Cooking, sewing, gardening for example.

Sorry I've taken up too much of your comment space, but just wanted to share this with you.

Blessings of Peace & All that is Good.......Memaw

Memawsblog@blogspot.com

asthmagirl said...

Mine was elementary also, which is a sign of good writing. We endeavor to be understood (I'm a grant writer and you have to be able to tell a story!).

Tara Smith said...

Whoa, wait a minute there "other memaw."

Let's just clear this up. Mom's a pretty good cook and a great seamstress but what EVER gave you the impression that she's a good gardener? She might know a thing or two 'bout cotton and beans but she does NOT garden.

Memaw's memories said...

Whoa there daughter#2. Don't you remember that we used to have a big garden when we lived on Cherry Street?

We had tomatoes,peppers, onions, green beans, squash and I don't know what else.

Remember all that rotel I used to can?

Robbin with 2 B's! said...

I like you just the way you are too so don't change a thing. It's your blog! And I like it!
I write for mostly me too and having someone stop by is just a bonus.
Hope you are having a good week, thanks for your always inspirational comments you leave me and for caring!

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