Test your blog, please!

The Evaluation Week in PLENK2010 is going and I remembered the opportunity to test one’s blog via Myers-Briggs Personality. It is very easy: just write the name of the blog here and you will get the answer in a second. This is technology-enhanced assessment, one of many easy ways. I am wondering why we have so negative attitude against measuring in PLENK even we have many research following happenings. All facilitators do not believe in research or what is this attitude? Research is one (important) way to reflection.

This blog typeanalyzer has scientific research beyond it – it has grounds on Myers-Briggs Personality analysis. Basic concepts are introversion and extraversion plus: sensing, feeling, thinking, intuition, judging, perception. It is interested in the stable parts of human personality: yes we have many stable answers to questions like these:

  • where primarily do you prefer to direct your energy?
  • How do you prefer to process information? – to make decisions?
  • How do you prefer to organize your life?

We have habits, we use same mental muscles to live in this changing world. There is a short questionnaire available to answer these questions and get feedback. You can see how the typeanalyser is working, you need not trust blindly.

Something it knew about me:

If your personality type is INFP then you have some deeply-held values, though there are probably very few people, if any, who know what those values actually are. Privately, you may be a people-person, but others may not recognise it as you show your feelings in indirect, imaginative ways rather than in more conventional expressions of care. You may be looking forward to the realisation of some personal ideals.

If your personality type is INFJ then have a strong, private sense of knowledge and vision, often for hidden things that other people would think can’t be known. You see imaginative possibilities and insights, especially in relation to people, anticipating a future for them that they can’t even see themselves. Although you probably have some strong relationships, your insights may be so unusual that others find them difficult to accept, and you may therefore find it difficult to articulate them.

My blog is written by a Thinker (INTP). How about yours? Any diversity found?

This is an example of expertise knowledge meeting everyday life. I was a little arbitrary (I mean I was not quite sure) to tell about this typeanalyzer. There are problems in giving scientific knowledge to anyone, but I trust you.

22 thoughts on “Test your blog, please!

  1. Hi Heli. Thanks for the link to the typealyzer. Here’s what it says about my blog (INTP type):

    ‘The logical and analytical type. They are especially attuned to difficult creative and intellectual challenges and always look for something more complex to dig into. They are great at finding subtle connections between things and imagine far-reaching implications.

    They enjoy working with complex things using a lot of concepts and imaginative models of reality. Since they are not very good at seeing and understanding the needs of other people, they might come across as arrogant, impatient and insensitive to people that need some time to understand what they are talking about.’

  2. Ken,
    you did not tell how do you consider the assessment about you but I could say that there is something true ..? We are both independent thinkers and critical when we are offered easy answers in open courses. But we enjoy the travel .. we are not obliged to participate. So we continue … and accept only own answers, yeah?

  3. Hi Heli.

    I’ve taken the ful lMeyers Briggs test a couple of times and I get the same result: INTP. So there is consistency, anyway! But yes, I would agree that some things in the assessment are true: I like to look at complex things and try to make them simple. I know that I am not always good at seeing other peoples’ needs, and maybe can be perceived as arrogant at times because of that. We are both independent thinkers, like you say, and I am happy to be that way.

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  5. Thanks for the Link Heli;
    My blog is a INTP too and that is pretty consistent with my M-B personality.
    You said;
    “I am wondering why we have so negative attitude against measuring in PLENK . . .. All facilitators do not believe in research or what is this attitude?
    Speaking for myself; I think we should always question measurement for how it is being used. For instance, some measures of depression are used for prescribing anti-depression medication and some have said that 70% of the population could be diagnosed by this measure at some point in their life. I think it’s correct to ask, do we want this many people on medication and is this the right thing to do, or the right way to approach things? The measurement, the diagnoses, the solution; they all get tied up together and we have to ask, how is this measurement effecting us, how is it being used?

  6. Very interesting. My personal blog, the one most reflects me, is Thinkers INTP. Others (special purpose/theme) come up Doers (3x), Duty Fulfillers, Mechanics (2x), Guardians, Scientists. Excuse me while I retire to contemplate my multiple personalities – and perhaps blog surfeit.

    Yet, all lean to “thinker” quadrant dominant. I took full Myers-Briggs too but too long ago to remember much, other than thinking, altruism, and yes doing coming up.

  7. I also was analyzed to be an INTP. I think it must just be looking at the most recent blog post to analyze?
    I have taken Level 1, 2, and the new level 3 Myers-Briggs evaluations and am an ENFP, very heavy N and close to the middle on F/T and P/J (Tand J are my learned responses from working in financial technologies for so many years). When I took Level 1 20 years ago, I was also ENFP, but back then much more solidly F and P than today.
    Cool test – thanks for posting!

  8. Hi Howard,
    I did not mean that all measurement is OK, I am Lisenciate of Psych and know the problems. I only wanted to refer that natural learning is only one accepted in Plenk. Open Courses are not so special that they could not become assessed I think. We do it all the time 🙂

    Hi Vanessa,
    The blog analyzer seems to work when you got different types to different blogs, I don’t have any other blogs. Thanks for commenting

  9. Hi Heli
    I am laughing! I have come out as – INTJ – The Scientists

    The long-range thinking and individualistic type. They are especially good at looking at almost anything and figuring out a way of improving it – often with a highly creative and imaginative touch. They are intellectually curious and daring, but might be physically hesitant to try new things.

    The Scientists enjoy theoretical work that allows them to use their strong minds and bold creativity. Since they tend to be so abstract and theoretical in their communication they often have a problem communicating their visions to other people and need to learn patience and use concrete examples. Since they are extremely good at concentrating they often have no trouble working alone.

    Why am I laughing? Because I am almost certain that this is not me – although I do have a science degree and have taught science for years – I do not consider myself a scientist. I have enough scientist colleagues to know this.

    I think what has happened here is that my blog posts analysis has been influenced by analysis of my posts on e-resonance – which I worked on with Matthias – so I think this analysis is likely to be a Matthias/Jenny outcome 🙂

    Is this an example of how assessment criteria are so difficult to get right?

    It was fun though. Thanks for posting.


  10. INTJ for me too!
    What no E’s or S’s? I guess they’re all out meeting real people and drinking real beer at the pub rather than mediating their lives and relationships through the internet.

  11. Nice to read all these comments 🙂

    Jenny: that is Very Interesting to notice how your collaboration influences results of this typeanalyzer. You should mention this in your paper. Connected type or combined or?

    Alan: sometimes I think about how weird I must be when using my total freedom here.. but beer in RL doesn’t taste any more..

    I learned English again: consistent suits better than stable to these connections. Consistency is one side of reliability, learnt in my univ studies …

  12. My formally tested typology is INTJ. My blog for this course comes out INTP…My personal musings blog comes out INTP and a blog that I keep for work comes out ISTP. Content and context can fool-up the analysis. Meyers-Briggs is a reasonable tool for SELF understanding and personal development. It can be a dangerous tool when used to assess for potential employment or entry to university courses etc.
    There may be some distinct problems if a software-based assessment tool for learning is used. It only takes time for some people to figure out the keywords and score skewed results.

  13. My PLENK2010 blog came up as INTP – which is what I usually am in the test. So in reading all the responses I wondered if we were a group of similar minds. I type analyzed another specific entry and came up with INTJ. I found this interesting – still very much in the NT range Thinker/Scientist. So I went to my family blog – this is a place to share pictures, recipes and other such things. The main page – which was an entry about our main water line having to be replaced came up with ESFP – Performer. I then tried another entry – this one about Christmas decorations, presents and such. This one came up as ESFJ – Socializer.

    So, yes the content of the blog dictates the results – with most of us writing about learning, educating etc. that would put us mainly in the “Thinker” category.

    Now if this tool could use all the entries you could use it in a measurement sense. I’m assuming that the majority of the posts would need to be in the Thinker/Scientist area to be pertinent to the subject at hand.

    Thanks Heli for this cool link!

  14. Hi Lisa,
    you continued our thinking to “Blog typeanalys as a mirror of PLENK”. Whoever could test the hypothesis by giving the names of blogs. But you gave the result already, so it would be waste of time.

    To those whose comment are not seen here: I accept only names that I can recognize, so use your name please..


  15. Interesting! My blog came up INTJ – the Scientist. My Myers-Briggs is usually INFJ, so I was a bit surprised by the results. I think, though, that there are a couple of factors: I haven’t been blogging for long, which is probably the largest factor. In addition, my writing does tend to be more rational/logical, than perhaps is typical of my other interactions. I am going to try this again as I get more content in my blog to see if the results change. Thank you for sharing the link.

  16. INTP for me 🙂
    Thanks for the link Heli, I was sceptcal, and was going to post without even giving it a go…
    My response was going to be about my antithesis to being typecast, to a lack of regard for how ‘ailsa’ is made in connection.
    In this network I am INTP
    in other networks, I’m not
    The problem for me is that attributes are not as stable as personality tests suggest.
    It doesnt take into account my distributed self, but then I thought some more.
    In this space, at this time (past) this is what i have been like.
    Doesn’t mean i will be so in the future, or elsewhere…but for here, for now…this is what it makes of me. And I am humoured by it.

  17. I was blown away that my blog type matches the type I get when I self-report on the actual Myers-Briggs. I’m an INTP — “The Thinker,” as you are, Heli.

    And I like that because I like to think that my blogging does reflect the self I know and speaks with my voice.

    Seems most people found a match in types.

    In the name of research, I Typeanalyzed a wiki I’ve created for a project and received an ISTJ — “The Duty Fulfiller” which makes a lot of sense since I was totally focused on clearly conveying the details — more of a technical writing task.

    I think I’ll share this Typeanalyzer in my classes to encourage newbie bloggers to find their voices. If there’s a disconnect between their blog type and their personality then they may be too uptight when they blog.

    Thanks for a tool that keeps on giving, Heli.

  18. It’s interesting that most responders so far are INTP (thinkers) or INTJ (scientists) isn’t it? It’s a small sample (14/1500+?) admittedly but does it tell us anything useful other than perhaps INTJ people are more likely to subject their blogs to “scientific” analysis and INTP people are more likely to “think” it’s a good idea to do so.

    I don’t know anything about Myers-Briggs but would it be useful in helping to form clusters of learners? Is it better to cluster around people with similar types or is it better to have a mixture?

    Is it a realistic test to perform on a blog? Most of the ones in PLENK2010 are presumably quite technical. What would a journalistic blog, a celebrity fan blog or a literary blog look like?

    Shouldn’t other metrics: influence, contribution, size of network, etc be used to assess the success of a person creating a PLE/N? I don’t have any answers.

    (I’m now going to copy this comment so if the submission fails, I can try again)

  19. Just found this this evening and had to try it. Sure enough, my PLENK blog comes up INTJ – same as when I did Meyers-Briggs. But then it’s main purpose is reflection. No surprises there. Interestingly my other blog, which attempts to cover a technical project in non-tech language, shows up as ESTP. Kind of puzzled about that one.

  20. Hi Jim and others

    I have been away because my husband got pneumonia and he was very sick, in hospital in the most effective care department. I could not concentrate to anything, only told Rita and Jenny about my situation. Yesterday he spoke for the first time and I am relaxed, could sleep last night. I will be back!