I was given the book “How to be an Explorer” by keri smith at the same time I received “Made from Scratch” and have been contemplating how to explore my world. Keri asks us to look around our world and begin a collection. She suggests that we can find things everywhere and while there is plenty of trash in the ditches around me, it’s mostly cigarette cartons and cups which I have no desire to touch. I’ve decided to start my collection today with a twist. I do not have a physical collection today, it is a graphical representation of all my posts from November of 2009.
The website, wordle, creates word clouds. You put either a list of words, a URL or a del icio us user name. It will use a java script and kick back a graphic word cloud that you can tweak by changing the number of words, colors, orientation of words, font and more. Here are mine from Nov. 2009 posts with 100, 200, 300, 350 and 400 words. I tried 500 but it was too many and the outliers were too difficult to read. My favorite is the one 300 words, but I didn’t force all the words back into line, so I’m featuring the 350. There are a few too many words in small type.
I’m not sure that it is an accurate depiction of my writings the rest of the year, but I’m going to think on it. I admit I love books and spinning. And I have to confess, I love containers and bags are a container of sorts.