Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Wordle

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has another Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge for us this week:

Hey genea-kids, it's Saturday Night - time for lots of Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1)  Go to the Wordle site - and create your own unique Wordle  - it's a word cloud.  You can use either a clump of text, enter your own words (say, surnames, or given names), use a blog page address, or something else.  Your choice!  Be creative with the fonts, colors, backgrounds, and layout. 

2)  Save it as an image (I used Print Screen, pasted it to a Word document, used the Windows snipping tool to edit it, and saved it to a file).  Tell us how you did it.

3)  Show us your handiwork!  Add the image to a blog post of your own or on a web page of your own.  Tell me in a comment here where it is.  

Note: If you want to email it to me (, I'll put it up here on Genea-Musings for you as an update to this post.

Well, I did this once, a few months ago, not long after starting this blog.  Maybe it's time to give it another whirl.

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Well, as you can see (assuming you've been following my blog), Wordle takes a sampling of recent blog entries and uses the words found in them to create a word cloud.  It even grabbed the rant on Commercials I just uploaded a few minutes prior, while leaving out a lot of material I've covered less recently.  In fact, from this cloud, it looks like my blog is more of a tech blog than a genealogy blog!