Wordle Word Clouds

Post Word Cloud
Post Word Cloud

Every now and then, something comes along that is really cool. Completely useless, but cool. Today, I’m introducing you to one of those things—Wordle. You’ve all seen “Tag” clouds on just about every webpage. You can find one here on Indies Unlimited, just below the calendar. It takes keywords or tags and displays them in different fonts based on usage in posts throughout IU. At a glance, you can find topics of interest to you and find the most popular topics on the site.

At Wordle, you can create your own word clouds for any piece that you’ve written. You can find the word cloud created from this post attached above. Spice up any post you’ve written with your own customized “Word” cloud.

Your Wordle will generate a unique “word cloud,” giving greater prominence to words that appear more frequently. Once you create your Wordle, you can use it any way you like. You own the rights to the graphic and you can use it for anything—blogs, websites, brochures … even t-shirts. You don’t even have to sign in, register, or give any info to use this FREE site.

create your ownIt’s simple to use. Click the “Create your own” link on the www.wordle.net/ main page. From there, just paste any text that you wish to use, or you can supply a URL. Click “Go” and you’re done. You can change colors, shapes, fonts, languages, and the layout until you have the look you want.

The one drawback: you can’t save it as a file. You’ll need to take a screen shot or use the “Snipping Tool” found in Windows. Here’s a tutorial on how to do that posted earlier by K.S. Brooks or Carol Wyer. Once you save it as a jpeg, you can place it anywhere.

Now you have a way to express yourself through words. Oh wait, we’re authors, I guess we already do that. Okay, now you have a way to graphically express your words through art.

Play around with this and I’m sure you’ll come up with some great ideas of how you can use it. I made one from the summary section of my LinkedIn profile. Create a Wordle with the synopsis of your book or your blurb. The great thing is, it doesn’t matter how long or short your content is, you can create any type of word cloud.

Regardless how you use it, it’s a lot of fun and allows you to get creative with your words in a completely new way.

Author: Jim Devitt

Jim Devitt’s debut YA novel, The Card, hit #1 in three separate categories on the Kindle Bestseller list in early January and was a finalist in the Guys Can Read Indie Author Contest this past summer. Devitt currently lives in Miami, FL with his wife Melissa and their children. Learn more about Jim at his blog and his Amazon author page.

17 thoughts on “Wordle Word Clouds”

  1. Cool, Jim! I’m definitely going to try this…it’ll be interesting to see which words are most used in my latest book. I’m betting ‘machinegun’ or possibly ‘dead’ 😀

  2. Wordle is a lot of fun and a tool I’ve used in the classroom. You might also like to explore Tagexedo. It offers even more control over what the resulting word cloud looks like than Wordle does.

    1. Tagxedo is great also. One of its advantages is that you can save it directly without the screen shot method. Thanks for mentioning Jeri.

      1. It is cool. Firefox won’t let me download anything though. And I’m on a new computer, so I’m not going to argue with it. It’s smarter than I am LOL. But I would love to use Wordle to make some graphics. Could have been fun! 🙂

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