During the recent VRT conference, I made a blog challenge towards the end of my session which I’d like to repeat here:
Make a word cloud from your blog!
This can be done by pasting your blog’s url (or rss feed url) into Wordle (or any other word cloud generator with this facility). You then get a snapshot of your blog’s recent content. The challenge is then to reflect on what you see in the resulting image:
- What does it tell you about the content of your writing?
- What does it tell you about your writing style and use of vocabulary?
- Is there anything that surprised you?
As you can see, I’ve written about kids a lot (unsurprising as I work with them!), animals (due to my recent post about the ‘Into the Wild’ website I made) and vocabulary. The prominence of just, also and use suggests I over-use those words a little. I’ll try to be more varied with my language in future!
Content wise, it’s good to see kids, students and activities feature prominently as I like to focus on what my students have done in class.
It will be interesting to repeat this in a few weeks and see what has changed and what has stayed the same!
Contributions so far*
- Fun with word clouds by Vladimira Michalkova
- "Hotpants" based on Fiona Mauchline's BloodSweatGazpacho blog :)
- Clouding my blog by Sandy Millin
- My blog as a word cloud by Richard Whiteside
- Wordlefied by Tyson Seburn
- Wordle says I ask too many questions - Pah! What do they know? by Mike Harrison
- Stories of learning Arabic and teaching English based on Ed Russell's ara-bic-pen blog
- Dave's Wordle challenge by Michelle Worgan
- What my blog's word cloud says about me and my writing by Cecilia Lemos
- My blog in the clouds by Marisa Constantinides
- A contribution by Sean Banville based on his blog
- My blog as a word cloud by Marisa Parvan
- Wordle waves.... by Anna Rose
- Challenge accepted! by Mario Lindberg
- Clouding my blog/Delicious url by Wallace Barboza
- The cloud of my journey by Eva Büyüksimkesyan
- Some thoughts on my blog as a word cloud by Henrick Oprea
- A word cloud made from recent posts on Stuart Mill's blog
- What we're all about by Aaron Nelson
- A Wordle in the Gallery by Janet Bianchini
- Wordling your blog by Ellen
- Apologies to William Wordsworth and thanks to Dave Dodgson by Mark Andrews
- Vicky's blog as a word cloud - Dave Dodgson's challenge by Vicky Loras
- My blog as a word cloud... by Tuba Bauhofer
- Every blog has a silver lining - Blog Challenge by Sue Lyon-Jones
- The new game show... Wordle my blog by Tim Musgrave
- Gilded words by Luis Espinal
- Thanks, everyone by David Warr
- Head in the word clouds by Ceri Jones
- Kalinago English in the word cloud by Henrick Opera (guest post based on Karenne Sylvester's blog)
- Word clouds. what do they reveal about your passions? by Dr Peter Price
- A cloud of beautiful words by Cintia Stella
- Photo Challenge: Wordle of Karenina's blog by Karenina Dee
- I've clouded my site by Sylvia Ellison
- Wordle-ing reflections by Ana Cristina