Make a word cloud in 2 minutes

Make a word cloud in 2 minutes
May 29, 2012 Beth Nyland

I begin each workday with an hour of reading and research, mostly via social media. Scanning headlines, posts and images on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and my favorite blogs, I allow myself this time to chase what suits me.

Today a Tweet sent me to a blog called WordCount: Freelancing in the Digital Age. I’ll be spending more time with Michelle Rafter’s insights in the days to come. This morning she grabbed me with this headline: “Here’s what WordCount blog themes look like as a tag cloud.” A snappy visual followed, featuring bold words in various sizes, artfully arranged and popping from a black background.

You’ve seen these word clouds before. But did you know you can create your own in about two minutes?

Michelle’s post directed me to Wordle. I clicked the “create” tab, entered the URL for my own creative writing blog ( and clicked “submit.” The site churned for a moment, then produced a striking rectangle of words. I played with the options—language, font, layout and color—and voila! Wordle and I gave birth to a fascinating view of the words that have the greatest frequency in my recent blog posts. I love how “continue reading” emerges as a key message:

Word Cloud of

A web site is not required to create a word cloud with Wordle. You can simply enter a block of text.

Online or in print, word clouds like these can make a bold statement to grab attention and start a useful dialogue. Picture the possibilities …

  • Marketing: advantages of your product line, drawn from customer feedback
  • Sales: industries your business serves
  • Employee Communications: themes from your latest employee survey
  • Recruiting: job titles of your recent recruits, before and/or after joining your organization

What else could you represent in a tag or word cloud? Try Wordle and send me a link. I’d love to see!


Comment (1)

  1. 9 years ago

    You are one straightforward writer. I enjoyed reading your article and taking in all the interesting information. I share your thoughts on many points in this content. This is great.

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