Already well into the second month of the new year, and I do believe I've found my new favorite thing of 2009. It's called Wordle, and it's a web site that allows you to create "word clouds" out of text that you provide. You can enter a block of text, or even your blog's URL, and it will give you back a delightfully random word cloud, with the words used more often appearing in a larger font. You can then play with the format to your heart's content, changing the font, colors, and horizontal/vertical layout. I picked this blog post for my first Wordle, and was thrilled with the results. I call this masterpiece Think, Just Know:
(Click on the thumbnail to see this image in the Wordle gallery).
I love the surprising and unexpected juxtapositions of words here:
banging head attitude
free best end
Fred also professed to enjoy man nice French. ("It's me!" he said).
As happy as I was with my first creation, I couldn't just stop there. I had a taste for Wordle, and it had to be satisfied! And so I chose this post for my second Wordle. I call it Runnin' Out of Fools:
I think this one gives a tongue in cheek perspective of that period of wallowing that follows a particularly painful break-up. (Otherwise known as the last two years of my life). (Ha! I jest. Oh tongue, you're so cheeky! See what I mean?)
I think the reason I love Wordle so much is that it combines what I love (words) with what I am absolutely lacking (any grain of artistic ability whatsoever) and gives me the rare and much desired opportunity to express myself visually, rather than just textually. Anyway, don't take my word for it. Try it out yourself! Leave a link to your results in the comments; I'd love to see what you create. And have fun!