Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wordle---My New Addiction

Yesterday I was introduced to a website that has given me a great deal of entertainment in only 24 hours.  It's called Wordle.  It's perfect entertainment for all you word nerds out there, like me.  :)  All you have to do is go to and click on the link to create your own "word cloud."  Then you paste any body of text you want into the indicated box, and voila!  You have your own word cloud, which sizes the words according to their frequency in the text.  If a word occurs more often, it will be bigger than the others.  I've used scriptures, Conference talks, my own church talks, school essays, and even my own journal entries.  I've actually had the most fun with my journal entries, because I like seeing what words I use most often.  I put six different journal entries from six different times in the last few years, and here were the results: some of the most common words I use are really, just, get, know, went, actually, and fun.  I'll go for that.  :)  And it's interesting to see the names of people that appear more frequently.  You can tell what time of my life the journal came from based on the names of the people that appear most often.  For instance, Jill's name was huge on my most recent journal entry: big surprise.  :)

Basically, I love words.  Writing is one of the easiest ways for me to express myself.  That's why I write such long blogs, e-mails and cards (if you've ever received either from me, you know what I mean!), and journal entries.  I love expressing details and emotions through language.  So making word clouds out of that language has been super fun for me.  What can I say?  I'm a word nerd!  :)

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