There's a new website out there called Typealyzer that offers free personality tests for your blog. It appears to be based on the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, and it tries to analyze your writing style to determine the "type" of blogger you are.
I've taken Meyers-Briggs numerous times, and I'm almost always an ENFP: Extroverted, iNtuitive, Feeler, Perceiver... It may sound bizarre for a computer geek to be extroverted (not introverted), and a feeler (not a thinker), but it's not uncommon. In fact, software is one of the recommended careers for ENFPs, probably because we excel in the constantly shifting landscape of technology and project requirements ;-)
Strangely, however, my blog's personality is INTJ! Introverted, iNtuitive, Thinker, Judger. I don't know if this reflects poorly on the Typealyzer test, or if it means that "Blogger-Bex" is less fun and more judgmental than "Real-World-Bex"...
Perhaps its because I write on very INTJ topics, like science and technology... As you might have noticed, I tag all my posts with different topics. You can use the drop-down list of topics on the left to filter this blog based on those topics. Curious, I decided to ask Typalizer what's my blog's personality if I filter it to only specific topics?
The results were close to what I'd expect... all 14 topics fell into just four personality types:
- INTJ -- The Scientist. The long-range thinking and individualistic type. Topics: technology, security, enterprise 2.0, economics, and book reviews
- INTP -- The Thinkers. The logical and analytical type. Topics: oracle/stellent, art and culture, communication, science, and green science
- ISTP -- The Mechanics. The independent and problem-solving type. Topics: news, lifehacks, and half-baked ideas
- ESTP -- The Doers. Topic: Liquor
Huh... not quite sure how to take that last one...
Again, not a single one of these topics reflected the personality type that I have in real life... that might be because I try to keep this blog professional, so it mainly reflects my logical/analytical side, since I think that's what my audience wants. I have to lock my extroverted, humanity-loving side in the trunk while I write... lest I lose readership.
So, what's your blog's personality?
(Hat tip Garrick Van Buren)