Like, One Time…Blog — By BWC on March 24, 2009 at 8:27 am
Rachel’s post with the Focus on the Family word cloud on Saturday turned me on to the fun little toy that is Wordle.net, where you can build word clouds simply by pasting text.
I’m one of those self-conscious writers scared to death of cliche, so I figured I’d waste an afternoon copying and pasting the majority of my blog posts in the last year to see what I’ve been doing wrong, or saying too much. Here are the results.
My dad won’t be happy, since he long raged against the overuse of “like”. Apparently, I use that word more than any other…by a wide margin. I particularly cringed over the prominence of “just” and “even”, both of which fly in the face of my quest for word economy.
Commonly used words I was not surprised by: Oregon, beer, Christian, television
People who feature prominently in my writing: Dan Gibson, Mindy Green, Chad Gibbs and “John” (probably Pattison, but I do have multiple friends named John).
Surprising words which hopefully don’t reveal some subconscious tendencies: American, time, men.