Monday, July 7, 2008

Let Me Get A Wordle In Edgewise

At the last ScanFest, hosted by Miriam at AnceStories, we discussed several things related to promotion of our blogs. Everyone was envious of Randy's (Genea-Musings) and Craig's (Geneblogie) T-Shirts. The ones pictured here at the SCGS Jamboree.

So, I started looking around for an interesting way to publicize my blog on a T-Shirt and I've found something I really like. It's called Wordle.

Wordle was created by Jonathan Feinberg, a "Senior Software Engineer" at IBM Research; where he creates useful collaborative applications. Wordle is one of them.

Wordle is billed as a toy for generating “word clouds” from text you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the sourced text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. As far as I'm concerned, Wordle's application removes it from the toy arena and elevates it to a creative tool.

The Wordle Faq explains how you can use Wordles for T-shirts, posters, and anything else. (In all fairness, I have not created a T-Shirt, so I can not speak to the quality of this use. I will be doing that this week and will let you know how it turns out.)

Here is the Wordle I created for the promotion of Shades Of The Departed and footnoteMaven:

It would probably make a great bag or coffee cup!

Then I started thinking this would be a great T-Shirt idea for the Campbell Family Reunion this September, so I created another Wordle:

Then this became addictive and I created a Wordle of GeneaBlogs and placed it in the

Wordle Gallery. Now I'm working on a Wordle of GeneaTerms.

Web Wandering Wednesday, on Shades Of The Departed, will discuss another use of Wordles for blog promotion.

Now go make your own Wordle and remember I warned you, they're addictive. Put your blog's URL in and create a Wordle of all your recent posts. You may just be surprised at what you've written.

If you've made a T-Shirt using Wordle please tell me how it worked out in the comments section below.



Blogger Kathryn Doyle said...

Oh no! First Facebook, now Wordle, how am I going to get any work done?

July 7, 2008 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

Abandon all hope, ye who enter Blogging, FaceBook, and Wordle!

Just wait until Wednesday when I introduce you to Mini Moos and a calendar idea.

I can't get any work done - I've mastered nothing!


July 7, 2008 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger Donna said...


I love it. How unique!

What's Past is Prologue

July 7, 2008 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Jasia said...

Have you noticed that the number of posts written by the geneabloggers has gone down in the past couple of months? I have and I've wondered why. Now I know. Everybody is spending time on Facebook instead of blogging. Now you've introduced Wordle, which everyone will want to do, and I predict that the geneablogging world as we know it will soon see its own demise. Sigh. We had a good thing going for a while there... AND THEN WE ALL SUCCUMBED TO ADDICTIVE DISTRACTIONS!!! LOL!

July 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...


Just as I was contemplating your very wise remarks I thought - if I took all my comments and put them in a Wordle, what would it look like?

Do you think it was addictive distractions that caused the dinosaur to become extinct?


July 7, 2008 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger Family Curator said...

Consider expanding the Wordle marketing to mousepads, coffee cups, coffee cozies. . .

July 7, 2008 at 9:00 PM  
Blogger Miriam Robbins said...

"Oh, look! A distraction!" On my way to check it out...send out the Marines if I don't publish a post on my blog before week's end!

July 7, 2008 at 9:43 PM  
Blogger Tim Agazio said...

fM, I love this Wordle thing! I think Jasia is right...the distractions are eating us alive...I do spend too much time on Facebook, but that's only because I'm still trying to figure out the point...but Wordle just looks cool!


July 8, 2008 at 2:45 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Oh, wow! This is so totally cool! (What was I doing? Oh, yeah...RESEARCH!)
I'm so glad to see that I'm not the only one who suffers from...Distractive Afflictive Disorder. Is there a support group out there?

July 8, 2008 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger footnoteMaven said...

We are in big trouble! But we aren't alone. Wordle gets 10 renderings a second. Wow! That could be some big support group.

And I'm with Tim, I still don't understand the point of FaceBook.


July 8, 2008 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger The Photo Detective said...

Can't wait to try Wordle! Love FaceBook and can see the social networking connections. It's a bit time consuming though...

July 8, 2008 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger Charley "Apple" Grabowski said...


It's a good thing I'm on vacation! I've made several and see me playing with it lots more. I have made a design to promote my garden blog when we go to Garden Walk Buffalo later this month. I'll let you know how it comes out.


July 8, 2008 at 12:09 PM  

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