Sunday, 7 June 2009

Wordle: Bit of innocent fun

This here’s a Wordle of the front page of this blog. It’s a kind of designer word cloud, artistically arranged, for which you can set colours and fonts. It gives you some idea of the contents on a stream-of-consciousness level.

Wordles are surprisingly engaging electronic playthings. Here’s another:More details and the opportunity to produce your own from any text you like, or blog, here.

Many thanks to Rev John Griffiths for pointing out how brilliantly wordles represent visually what our sermons were actually all about: He gives a link to one of his in the comments below, and I tried mine from yesterday morning (Trinity Sunday & Father's Day):

5 comments:

JohnG said...

Hmm thanks for the reminder. You've commented on the unsuitability of sermons as texts or audio files on the internet. In a spirit of mischief you inspired me to worldle my last sermon - which as it happened was on John 17. Perhaps this should take over from the critiquing of sermon outlines. There's something very zen about losing all sense of the argument and just dwelling on the words. Here's the link: http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/923876/sermon_on_John_17

'for God so loved the worldle' or is it do not love the worldly or anything that comes from the wordle?'

Bishop Alan Wilson said...

John, thank you for a fabulous discovery — wordles do indeed help focus what a sermon was actually all about in a visual way. Congrats on yours, and I've now posted mine from Trinity Sunday on the blog. Great way to find out if what we said was on message!

Joan of Quark said...

Thanks for this - I discovered Wordle when I did Nanowrimo last November.
I'm about to give our vicar a shiny new website and I am just betting he wants to put sermons on it - any chance of a pointer to your discussion on this, which I'm afraid I can't manage to find in your archive?

Bishop Alan Wilson said...

Everyone needs to be convinced in their own mind about putting recordings of their sermons on the internet. I don't want to suggest my idea's uniquely correct, but I did question the idea considerably after a parish changed their mind about wanting to meet a shortlisted candidate because his sermons on the Internet sounded so boring. It's very hard for any stranger to hear them as they would sound live and in context. Good Podcasts belong in the 1:1 media world of radio, where you feel the person is talking to you personally. Very few preachers can talk to 100 people and make it sound like that. The very acoustics of most Church buildings are against them. If you use it, interactivity sounds incredibly hesitant and clunky online whereas, if you were there, you'd see children coming up and doing things. I did put a reflection along these lines as point 5 here: http://bishopalan.blogspot.com/2009/05/social-media-church-and-bishopping.html . But if someone is able to make their sermons sound as exciting and engaging online as they do live, I'm all for it!

JohnG said...

A few years ago the home groups were given 5 sermons diced and audio sliced into bite sized chunks to discuss with our bibles at the ready. Don't go there. We did. We won't go again.

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