Not Ready For Prime Time Word Clouds

Doreen-2Today’s blog might be boring for some of you, seeing as it’s mostly about my friend, Doreen. She seems to think that I don’t talk about her enough in my blog (most people are trying to stay OUT of my blog), so as a joke I was going to do a “word cloud” with just her name, and then do my normal post. Well, normal for me. Meaning not very normal.

But, I had to test several different word cloud applications before I found one that A) wasn’t too complicated and B) got me the results I wanted.

Then, there was choosing all the descriptive words and phrases. You would think this would be easy, seeing as I have been friends with her for 15 years, but it was surprisingly hard, especially when I knew her family often reads my blog. I mean, I didn’t want them reading “dried up hoo-hah” and have that create a lot of uncomfortable questions. Of course, “dried up hoo-hah” in itself is a pretty uncomfortable condition and actually HAS been a subject of conversation, but not necessarily pertaining to Doreen. Therefore you will NOT see this group of words in her word cloud. So family – DON’T ASK HER ABOUT IT.

Long story short, creating the perfect word cloud took a long fricken time, and I ran out of days to put together any sort of post more provocative and thoughtful than “dried up hoo-hah”.

For those of you still reading and who might be interested, I used to create my word cloud. I really really really really like this application. It’s so easy an Old Bag can use it, plus it has some added features for the younger, more advanced tech savvy crowd (you know, those of you without dried up hoo-hahs) – such as uploading your own shape. Uploading your own shape is really easy – you can use any photo – but the fewer colors and more sharply defined the better. I found silhouette pictures to work best. If you don’t know how to make your own, just search for them on the web. There are a ton of free silhouette clip art shapes out there.

Besides Doreen’s main one, see below for a few extra’s that I did so you can see the range of options you have with this application. You do have to register to use the site, but the majority of it is still free, and I had so much fun with this I am for sure going to use it again.

As an added bonus, you can use word clouds as puzzles.  Can you find all of the words/phrases that I used in Doreen’s cloud? There are at least 45 – possibly more.  I added more since I last counted, so I’m not sure.  Also, if you run across one that you are just dying to know the meaning behind – drop me a note in the comments. I may or may not tell you….lol.

For the record – Doreen is one of the best people in my life, and I am proud and so very blessed to call her friend. Thankfully, she has a great sense of humor!

See you next week with something really profound! Maybe!


PS – Doreen – this is your Friday Surprise!




7 thoughts on “Not Ready For Prime Time Word Clouds

  1. sueslaght

    All right I want to know about ‘Goose Whisperer’. That sounds like a blog post in the making to me! I hope Doreen’s sense of humor button is turned up on high when she reads this post. 🙂

    1. Sue Post author

      Haha! We have a biking/walking trail that starts behind our company and runs about 6 miles south along the East River, and ends in the next town. The trail is funded by our CEO, and he often rides his bike on it during lunch (he is 74 I think- still kicking butt) and last year a Canadian goose flew into him and knocked him off of his bike. One of Doreen’s co-workers (we work in different departments) believed that our CEO banned all Canadian geese from the trail after that happened and she was convinced he had somehow made them all disappear. So we started joking that our CEO must be a goose whisperer to convince all the Canadian geese to stay off his trail. We still laugh about it because this girl was so convinced he had some kind of goose powers.

      1. Sue Slaght

        That’s hilarious Sue. I do have lots of personal experience with Canadian Geese and I don’t seem to be able to convince them to get off the path. Perhaps you could send the goose whisperer north for a consult.

    1. Sue Post author

      Too funny! Dawn is our mutual friend – we are Napoleon Dynamite fans – the rest is natural progression to silliness. 🙂

      1. Steve Boer

        Ha, that’s awesome, we love Napoleon Dynamite too. In fact we recently had a ND evening with some family and had steak (bites) dang quesadilla, and tots!

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