I was reminded of a fun little website over at Brigid Kemmerer’s blog this morning. It’s called Wordle, and you can enter a block of text, or your blog’s URL and get something like this: It pulls a bunch of the words off your blog and creates this “cloud” with them.
Now, you’d think it was simply a fun little thing to do, but I also found it quite eye opening. See, the program makes the word size relative to it’s frequency. The bigger the word, the more often it shows up in the text. Look at mine. What’s the biggest word on there? Family is pretty big, so is Ford, two words that wouldn’t surprise any regular reader. What did surprise me was the biggest word there - “JUST”. Now, it’s not as embarrassing as if it had been “LIKE”, “UM” or “K-n’STUFF?”, but I’ve got to think of some alternatives to start using. JUST just ain’t gonna cut it any more, I’ve just got to start using some other words. (“JUST simply ain’t gonna cut it anymore, I must start using some other words”? Better?)
I think I’m going to have to wordle my blog every now and again and see if another repeat offender crops up.