Thanks to D.G. Kaye for inspiring this post. Yesterday she wrote about an app she had come across called “I Write Like.”
The basic idea behind the app is that you paste a paragraph of your writing in the app and it tells you who your writing is like by analyzing word choice and writing style.
So I went to one of my favorite blog posts I have written: How a Scottish Shower Is Helping Me Become a Man and copied and pasted the following into the “I Write Like” app:
I thought I would share some of the benefits I’ve noticed during that time.
- I feel a lot more confident. I was on an elevator the other day with a bunch of guys and I felt like I could body slam every one of them if I wanted to, since I knew I was the only guy on the elevator that probably had taken a Scottish Shower.
- I’ve caught multiple women stealing glances at me on the train, which I’ve never experienced before.
- My bench press doubled from 30 pounds to 60 pounds.
- I’ve noticed people stepping aside to make room for me as I walked down the sidewalk.
- I’ve started dropping the f-bomb a lot more, and I don’t care who’s within hearing range.
- I just signed up for the NFL playoff package and the NBA and NHL season packages.
- From scratch, I grew a full-beard that would make a lumberjack jealous.
- Out of the blue, I drove down to Atlantic City and played no limit poker for six hours. I didn’t know what I was doing, but I didn’t care. I knew I could body slam every guy at the table if it came to that.
In other words, the Scottish Showers were making me more manly!
But as much as I’ve enjoyed these benefits, I’m not sure I will keep using this type of shower.
Can you imagine what I would be like after a month?
I might want to become an Accountant…
After a couple of seconds, here is what the app told me:
I have to admit that while I recognized Cory’s name thanks to Seth Godin, I did not know much about him.
Here is a brief excerpt from his bio on Wikipedia:
Cory Efram Doctorow is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who served as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licences for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.
He has written dozens of novels, non-fiction, and novellas. And in case you did not know what Boing Boing is, it is one of the world’s most popular blogging sites.
After reading his bio, I wasn’t quite sure what we may have had in common.
Was it our thick black glasses?
Was it a love of Scottish Showers?
And then it hit me – there was the similarity. “I Write Like” must have picked up on the popularity of Boing Boing and Borden’s Blather, and just assumed achieving such popularity must require similar writing styles.
All kidding aside, given what I have read about Cory, he does seem like the kind of guy I would admire, so I am honored to allegedly write like him.
I do plan to read some of his work later this week…
To see who you write like, just click on the Cory Doctorow box above…