I recently discovered a WordPress plugin that is now available on all Tea Trade blogs and websites to measure, grade and score the quality of your writing using a variety of well-established metrics.
The Better Writing plugin adds a new box to your post editing page that gives you feedback on your writing by parsing it through 5 different formulas.
You’ll get feedback from the following systems:
- Flesch reading ease formula
- Coleman Liau index
- Gunning fog index
- SMOG Index
- Automated readability index
The different formulas give a grade (as in school levels, loosely based on the American K-12 education system) that gives you an idea of the grade level needed to read and comprehend your writing.
You can set your preferred scoring method and establish your score target based on who you are writing for. Tea drinkers are a rather literate lot so you can aim high here and strive to write for them. You can set preferred and non-preferred terms to allow the system to remind you of specific words you would rather use to achieve consistency across your blog. This helps serve as a reminder during the editing process to ensure that you are always writing with the same voice and terminology that you desire.
Activate the plugin
The plugin is now available as an option on all blogs and websites on Tea Trade. In your dashboard, go to Plugins, find it in the list and activate it. You’ll get a new menu item under Settings -> Better Writing. The display box that you see illustrated here will be added to your Edit Post page. For those of you who also have stores, you can configure the plugin to display the box on your Edit Product pages so that you can use the tool to check your product descriptions as well.
If you have questions or comments about this plugin, share them below. I’m interested to find out if anyone else finds these kinds of writing metrics as fascinating as I do.
See more screenshots and information on this plugin here.