Thursday, June 18, 2015

Games on the Brain


On June 15, Sage had something on his blog that I thought was interesting. If you haven't read his Musings blog, you're missing out. His pictures are like a mini-vacation at your desk - I love them.

Rather than try to explain it, I'll just quote Sage's site and do the ole' cut and paste of his list:

"...On another matter…  I am curious if my blog titles play a role in enticing you to read what I say?  I learned of a new program and decided to analyze my last ten posts and found that when it comes to titles, I’m not exactly hitting them out of the park.  Here are my scores according to CoScheduler’s Headline Analyzer."  

HEADLINE HISTORY (WITH NUMERICAL SCORE)
26Going to Ground         
52Paddling Open Water to Ossaba Island
61The Man with Six Typewriters
26The River Home
52Talking about the weather a few other things with some photos added for good measure...
53An interview with Chrys Fey
64Don't think that I've forgotten: Cambodia's lost rock and roll
64Things that I don't understand, a rant by Nevada Jack
60Things that I don't understand
41Paddling to Daufusaki Island

"Almost all of my blogs received a letter grade of B+.  Today's title received a C- and a score of 15!  (I  had previously considered using "A hot weekend on the water and pondering blog titles" which received a rating number of 65, but I thought that to be too long).  How do you chose a blog title?  What kind of title catches your attention? " 

Okay, I looked at the titles on Sage's list; I would have read all of them. In fact, I think I did. 

But this started me thinking about loading some titles in the analyzer and seeing what they ranked. The site even had a pdf of key words you can use to improve your titles.

So I started loading titles and looking at scores. Sage, I'm not hitting them out of the park either, but I don't care because this has turned into the best free game ever. I think only three of the real titles I loaded broke a score of 70 or more. I started making up titles from their key words on the list. The titles got more and more ridiculous and my son and I howled at some of the results. 

The highest real titles from my blog that I checked still got me no credit. They were the name of two books I reviewed. "I Go Crazy (The Soundtrack of My Life)" was the best I did on the actual titles I've used in the past. 

Nothing we did could break 84. Here are some of the titles that I've cut and pasted from the list (and framed, 'cause I'm a fancy pants girl):


Only four of the titles were real, of course. 

Everything I about this screams "great challenge!!" So, let's play!  

Go to the analyzer. Enter some titles or (much more fun) make up one. Make up twenty! See if you can beat my 84. The analyzer obviously favors the terms on the pdf list. Then post the title and the score. I'm betting that someone can beat it, it just won't be me.

And to answer Sage's original question:  I read what interests me and if I follow a blog, I'm interested. You can put any title on it at that point and I'll try to get to it. If I don't read it, it's probably because I'm busy and out of the house. 

I can almost guess who will do this and who will break a leg to beat 84...and that makes me smile. Good luck!


43 comments:

  1. 41 All tied up B+
    16 Saturday jokes C-
    44 Surprise you? OK! B+
    0 Ladders C-
    28 Self driving car problem C-

    65 Orange is the new black C-

    I think this site is just trying to sell you their 'make a better headline' program.

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    1. Well, then, they failed...I'm not buying anything...but we are still playing with titles we'll never use, ha ha.

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  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    Using that Headline Analyzer is like playing a slot machine. After a while you can't stop because you just KNOW you're gonna beat the thing if you keep trying long enough. :)

    The temperamental tool was not impressed and gave me rather low scores on the following:

    "Free beer - today only!"

    "It's coming! Run for your lives!"

    My highest score, a 72, which the thingy called an "A+" for some reason, was for the following headline:

    "I'm giving away cash now! Be the first in line!"

    Money. It's always about money.

    Thank you, dear friend Cherdo, and have a wonderful Thursday!

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    1. You wrote >>Using that Headline Analyzer is like playing a slot machine. After a while you can't stop because you just KNOW you're gonna beat the thing if you keep trying long enough. :) <<

      That is a perfect, absolutely perfect comparison!! I pulled out (what I thought) was some of my best titles. Okay, I'll admit, I pulled out what I thought was funny. Real writers (book titles I reviewed) were able to score pretty high with non-money titles but I don't fall in that category, ha ha.

      Any hyperbole + cash or "incredible opportunity" or "limited" time must be what the creator is going for with this analyzer. I need someone smart to make a funny analyzer. One where any mention of the juvenile sure-laugh items would send your score through the roof.

      But for now...seriously...this is our game. Gonzo and I laugh at some of the titles we come up with - but 84 is the ceiling. I'd hate to have the app creator as a teacher. His grading scale is too hard to crack.

      Have a lovely day, dear Shadster!!

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  3. I am at work (sshhh don't tell anyone I'm reading blogs)but my blogger doesn't work on this laptop and I cant use the analyzer wither. Poop! I will have to try this when I get home.
    Have a great day!

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    1. Holli? What you talkin' about? I don't know nothin' bout no Holli! She is on the clock, man. We won't see hide nor hair of her till way past 5 o'clock.

      (But, hypothetically, if she has time she needs to try it. I meant free time! Free time! The couple gotta eat! )

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  4. Damn it, 30 minutes and I still can't beat 84. I tied you though, at least I got that lol

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    1. BINGO! You were on my list of people who would try to crack the 84, ha ha. I wish there was a way that I could have embedded the list somewhere for a later reveal.

      It's addictive, but not in the way it was intended...

      Love the title. Now, use it! Ha ha ha.

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    2. Okay, I'll use it for a post next week lol still can't beat 84, damn it!

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  5. Thanks for the tip on the analyzer, but you may have already guessed that I wouldn't go there....really I'm snowed under with the move and trying to keep up! Looks like fun, however, but might make me depressed! ;-)

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    1. I'm impressed that you have time to stop by the Flipside...and grateful! Save this for a post-move day, Linda. Like Shady said, it's like slots.

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  6. I'm off to check out Sage's blog.

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  7. This is hilarious! I saw the post earlier and inserted some of my real titles... I think the highest I got was a low 60 haha

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    1. It's addictive, Madilyn!!! Ha ha ha. I can't see me ever using it for anything but a game (but it's a good game!).

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  8. That sounds cool! When I have time, I'll try it. I wonder how a title with the word 'fart' in it will fare?

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  9. I tried this on a few of my post titles. I basically got B+s on all of them. The feedback was that they were all too short. That's just too bad, because I like them short! :)

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  10. I am pleased to learn that this has become a game.

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  11. That's a great game, but it probably depends on the style of your blog. Your titles always work for me but if it said "blog post #556" I'd probably skip it. Today's post "SUPERGIRLS' Jimmy Olsen, Mehcad Brooks, Says 'We Have To Respect' the World of Superman" got me a 45, so I'll play around with it. Thanks for the tip!

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  12. You have to enter each title individually? Sounds like a lot of work! Titles don't influence me to read/not read blogs, but they often make a difference when I'm searching for something.

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  13. Interesting idea, DOC CHERDO. I played. I lost.

    Below are grades for 6 of my real blog bit titles, 2 each from my 3 blogs:

    60: THEY CAN PUT A MAN ON THE MOON BUT THEY CAN'T... PUT A MAN ON THE MOON (The Musical)

    68: I LIKE A SPICY CUBAN DISH (IN A LITTLE BLACK DRESS)

    67: 'GOD AND THE CHESSBOARD OF LIFE’ (Or, ‘A TOMB WITH A VIEW’)

    65: CRAZY COPROACHES CRAWLIN' COAST-TO-COAST

    59: A PISTOL + THE BIBLE = LOL (?)

    73: FAMOUS DOGS OF THE CIVIL WAR

    I think sawing wood is what I was really intended for.

    ~ Stephen T. McZzzzzzz (or sawin' logs)

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    1. I had to abandon mine and start making ones up.

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  14. I remember a blogger who put "vagina" in her title. She got more hits than she'd ever had before.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I tried it. It didn't work for me. No one cares about my vagina. You can delete this if it's inappropriate. I'm not sure anymore.

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    2. Both of you kids...to the corners...

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    3. Both of you kids...to the corners...

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    4. I care 2, Janie. I care, 2!

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  15. I do love a good title but most of mine are utilitarian.

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  16. When you use things like Martin World News and Time Machine Week _ a lot, this doesn't tend to be as much fun. I got as high as a 72, but they all ended up B+s.

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  17. I don't have time to play with this right now, but I'm coming back because this looks like a HOOT.

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  18. This is funny! I got 70 for "War in the nether regions". and 68 for "Bathing in the magic pools behind Mother Goose's castle". Now that last one was actually said by a customer that a friend of mine was dealing with in radio Shack (many years ago).

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    1. That's funny. You can see why I turned this into a game.

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  19. The highest any of my original titles, as in actual titles, scored was 71. Some of my most read blog bits (the biggest number of hits) scored the lowest on their machine. One was 40 (my third most read blog bit of all time). I'm not sure I trust this machine!

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    1. Thus proving it is the writing, not the title!

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  20. I tried it and wow, my titles didn't fare so well. The highest I got was a 50 for "This Isn't News". Just for fun, I typed "It's Not Just a Job" in the analysis. That got a 57. Huh. "Shag Carpet Toilet" got a '0.' ZERO.
    Incidentally, "Naked Monkey Farts" only got a 'C-.'

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    1. Even Naked Monkey posts get a C? Proof it is worthless.

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  21. 61: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

    12: MOBY DICK

    50: THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO

    38: THE GRAPES OF WRATH

    67: ILLUSIONS: THE ADVENTURES OF A RELUCTANT MESSIAH

    27: THE FOUNTAINHEAD

    50: ONE THE ROAD

    53: THE CREATURE FROM JEKYLL ISLAND

    0: DON QUIXOTE

    0: ULYSSES

    26: THE HOLY BIBLE

    We may now consider this website thoroughly debunked!

    ~ D-FensDogG

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    1. POSTSCRIPT:

      ON THE ROAD did indeed get a score of 50.

      When I tried my typo which I posted here (ONE THE ROAD) it scored a 42.

      Incidentally, in case anyone still cares (I know I DON'T), 'POSTSCRIPT' got a 0. In other words, a title of 'Postscript' is just as good as 'Don Quixote', 'Ulysses' and 'D-FensDogG', which also got a big fat zero.

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    2. ...and she's not only merely 'bunked, she's really most sincerely debunked!

      I love your exercise in defeated any notion of value of the app. Kudos.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo