See if you can read this.
I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe.
Not necessarily related, but...
...it sorta reminds me of all the studies and heat maps that suggest that when visitors read yours and my blog, they have a tendency to scan. The scanning pattern is typically to breeze through by dwelling on:
- numerical lists,
- pictures and
- other display elements
(No particular order to the points above. I just figured I'd test out the concept on you. How'd you do?)
7 Tips To Improve Your Blog Post's Readability
With some initial help from Ankesh Kothari's nicely succinct blog post about a blog readability checklist (photo courtesy above, as well), here are a few tips I paraphrased:
- Use headlines and subheadlines to organize your post
- Use pictures and captions to reinforce and summarize key themes
- (Need I say it?) Use video where possible (expect only the first 2-1/2 to 3 minutes being viewed, so either keep 'em short or get your message across in the first 3 minutes)
- Use bullets and numerical lists where possible in place of a long list of text separated by commas
- Use short sentences in your paragraphs
- Use a blog theme with relatively narrow columns (about 500 to 600 pixels wide)
- Write a short summary paragraph at the end of your long posts
So Just to Sum It All UpThe human mind is a powerful thing. It can take in bits of information. Though the bits may be incomplete or jumbled, it can still make sense of it all. Keep that in mind when you write your blog posts. Keep things short and organized. Use the 7 tips above and you'll be writing more succinct and readable posts in no time.
(Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt. If you can raed this forwrad it!)
[In case you can't read the above, click "Continue..." for the translation.]