To get a sense of what you want to do in life a good place to start is to look at what interests you (and conversely the opposite). This is exactly what I attempted the other day when I basically made a long list of stuff I like. To make things a bit more visual I then thew the list into Wordle which generates pretty “word clouds”. This is what I came up with:

Words in grey are professional interests while words in red are personal interests although the two quite heavily overlap (48 in total). The font size is weighted so that things which interest me more appear bigger. It’s by no means complete and you could argue about the semantic correctness of some words but I’m not going to worry about that now.

To be honest I’m not sure if this exercise has helped or not but its nice to see it laid out in front of me rather than just a jumble in my head!

If anyone else feels like trying this (or has already) I’d love to see your results.

Comments

  1. Magnus says:

    March 11 2010 I’ll post an article with one of my wordle creations on it. Love that site. Finally found a post that I could use it for! I like your color coding too!

  2. Aku says:

    If you want a more precise statistics on text, try VocabGrabber. It creates a little database of the words and can categorize them by relevance, occurrence and theme (Science, Geography, Arts, etc).

    Back to Wordle: Just listing my interests would mean I get a cloud with lots of words of the same size. What did you do to make them vary by your amount of interest? Just write them down many times?

    • David says:

      Good tip about VocabGrabber! Looks like another useful little tool.

      RE Wordle – I used their advanced tools to give a weight and colour to each word: http://www.wordle.net/advanced – it took a little while to get things looking the way I wanted but quite simple.

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