This is what I – or, more accurately, my blog – looks like:
This is an image of my blog. The words I most commonly use (“Wikipedia” appears in my blog quite a bit, evidently) created using a pretty cool little word cloud generator called “Wordle”. It takes a bit of text you can enter into a text field, or it takes a blog URL or feed. Then it crunches it up and spits this out. Obviously, it only does the posts it can see, not all posts of all time or this would look radically different, but it still makes a nifty little word cloud, which you can customize by changing fonts, colors and layouts. Loads of fun for the whole reading-age family.
It’s also an extremely useful bit of writer’s help. If you enter a chunk of writing you’ve done into the input field and let Wordle crunch it, you’ll have a great visual representation of how many times you’ve used which words. I don’t know about you, but repetition is something I lose track of when I’m writing, and having a visual cue like this would help a lot. It shows me all the most common words and by relative size (more uses makes the text bigger) I can see which words I’m over-using.
What do you look like? How ‘bout your writing? You can either save the Wordle cloud to their gallery, to be used by any/everyone on the ‘Net, or you can take a screenshot and use it however you want.
So … what do you look like?