Quilt Show Entry Tips Word Cloud
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Word Clouds {Discussion}

Sometime last month I stumbled upon Word Clouds – a free online word cloud generator. I thought it would be a powerful tool to help evaluate my writing and word choice in many locations: from pattern writing to blog post writing and beyond.

Quilt Show Entry Tips Wordcloud

Quilt Show Entry Tips Word Cloud

I started by evaluating with my Quilt Show Entry Tips post. The larger the words, the more frequently they are used. I spent a bit of time changing out the colors, but mostly I was really interested to see what words I used most.

Then I moved on to evaluating some of my quilt patterns, and I was happy to see that action verbs were predominant. Quilt patterns are, after all, instruction manuals.

But, because I’m not keen on giving away my quilt patterns in any way, I’ll save those word clouds for myself so that I can think about them and if there is a way I can use that as feedback for improving my pattern writing.

Nuclear Medicine Thyroid Testing Word Cloud

Nuclear Medicine Thyroid Testing Word Cloud

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I underwent a nuclear medicine thyroid scan to rule out nodules and/or any other big issues with my thyroid. I won’t be getting the results of that until sometime next week, but I did write a short summary of the testing that I put into a word cloud as well. If you or a loved one ever tests as having hyperthyroidism and need to go through a nuclear medicine thyroid scan, it’s a pretty simple, albeit long and drawn out process. My day on Monday started by driving an hour to a radiology office, where I was given a small capsule that contained radioactive table salt to swallow. I had to fast for 4 hours before taking the pill and for 1 hour afterwards. Then, 6 hours after taking the capsule, I went back to the radiology office and had 4 scans made of my thyroid. In all, I was laying on the table for about 20 minutes. The hardest part was keeping still (which honestly shouldn’t have been a problem), but just before calling me back, the RN who would be administering my test noticed a puddle of water at the entry of the room right by the door. So, while I was having my scans done, a technician fought with the testing room door and a ladder while loudly talking, running a drill to open access panels, and looking for the root cause of the water leak. Ahhh, life isn’t dull. Tuesday morning we drove down to the radiology office again for a quick 2 minute baseline comparison (that was done both days sitting in a chair), and now I just have to wait a few more business days to get the results.

Anyway, after the past few weeks of life and finishing my Star Pulse quilt, I just haven’t been inspired to get back to quilting quite yet, but I suspect I will sometime soon. In the meantime, I’d love to get your thoughts through the comments about any other good uses for the Word Clouds website. I suspect it has a lot of potential I haven’t considered!

6 thoughts on “Word Clouds {Discussion}

  1. I am going to go play with WordClouds today! Hope you get answers from your test quickly and that it helps the doctors get to a solution for you. Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Paula R Messier says:

    Wishing you success in your work with word clouds. But I want to tell you how endearing I found these words:

    “The larger the words, the more frequently they are used. I spent a bit of time changing out the colors, but mostly I was really interested to see what words I used most.”

    A quilter spending a bit of time changing out the colors just touched my heart! Not sure why this hit me so tenderly unless it has to do with the crossover – that the quilter in all of us is with us in whatever we do.

    Warm regards!
    Paula Messier

  3. Jen says:

    The word clouds are interesting. I like the idea of a tool to encourage diversified vocabulary.

    Both my Mom and Sister have had thyroid challenges. Sending positive energy your way.

  4. kathleenmcmusing says:

    At first, I disliked word clouds when they came out. I now find them pretty interesting. I love the radioactive thyroid word cloud and glad that it went relatively smoothly. I have used them a few times for QALs or things like that, but never to analyze a post/pattern. Here’s hoping you hear something soon, that leads to your feeling better.

  5. Kate says:

    I’ve not paid a lot of attention to word clouds. I’ve seen them used in various ways on some blogs and in one line articles. Never considered it might be a way to look a the way one uses words in a post or pattern.

    Hope the test results come back soon and show some direction for treatment.

  6. Elizabeth E. says:

    I remember — back in the day — that we all had the option of using a word cloud generator to indicate what was in our blogs, with the most common subject being the largest word. Good to see this idea in a new iteration. I just read your most recent post about your thyroid coming back “online,” and was happy to see that news!

    Re; testing. You went through a lot. I chuckled at your narrative, especially when you described having to lay really still while Crazy Town was happening just out of sight range. I think the techs forget that the patients have ears, and reactions, and fears, and could use some re-assuring (can you tell something like this happened to me once?). I’m glad you came out on the bright side of it all.

I really appreciate the time and thought you take to comment, and I look forward to conversing with you. :)