Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Why Wordle is wonderful

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:
deep-seated certifiably
holding hell
beg lieu
banging head attitude
brick gruff
blown optimism
try two
geographic butterfly
free best end
caterpillar christmas

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:

Wordle: 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!


  1. Totally cool. Thanks for sharing this link.

  2. I've been seeing this all over the place. I'll have to check it out.

  3. Great minds think alike! I did a post on this last October. Here's my results:

  4. How did you get that on to your blog? Do you have to put it on the open-for-all Gallery first? It's certainly a fun thing to do!

  5. Alison- I took a screenshot and cut and pasted it into paint, and then saved the image and posted it in my blog. VoilĂ !

  6. That really looks like fun! I must try it - thank you for the link!