A word cloud (or also called tag cloud) can be a way of making your article more good-looking by also giving an easy to understand sum up of the content. There’s a reason for the saying “One picture says more than a thousand words”! In this article I’ll give you some reasons why your readers could benefit from word clouds in your articles. I’ll also show you how to create them, so you can make and implement them easily yourself.
On a long article with lots of different information and buzz words it may be worth visualizing the information and reduce it to the most important. You can do that easily and with almost no effort with a word cloud!
This will present the content that you created with a unique nice looking way and give the reader a good impression of what the article is mainly about by just scanning the word cloud picture.
For example look at this word cloud which I generated from the text of this article you’re reading right now:
This Word Cloud was generated with https://www.jasondavies.com/wordcloud/
Here are some links which let you easily create word clouds out of any text (for free):
Try one of the word cloud creators out for yourself from the links above. For the start you can’t go wrong with https://www.jasondavies.com/wordcloud/. You’ll see how easy it is to create a nice looking word cloud with any of these tools:
1. Insert your Text (or URL with some text on it)
2. (Optional) Choose and Change Settings
3. Click and wait while your word cloud is being created
Of course, you can also sum up other content that way and maybe just present it that way in your article. Here’s for example another word cloud from one of my articles:
This Word Cloud was generated with https://wordart.com/
Even if you didn’t read his article so far you probably now have some guesses what his article could be about.
Creating a word cloud from your article gives you also a nice possibility of creating interest in your content on networks which are more focused on pictures, like Pinterest for example. It’s also a simple way to differentiate your post from other articles like there on TRYBE or STEEM.
If you invested your time in writing a good article it makes sense to also invest a little portion of that time to make something good-looking for and may be even out of it.
If you can do some graphic work yourself you can also combine these word clouds with free stock photos (for example from Unsplash). I could also imagine combining word clouds with new things like https://cryptographics.app to get a nice looking unique background (Have a look at @joechiappetta’s article to learn what a cryptographic is).
Of course a word cloud may be more or less suitable on different articles. Because creating doesn’t take that long you can just create one and use it if it looks nice and suits into the style of the article. If you feel that it doesn’t look as nice as you expected it than just leave it out. Maybe you can try some other word cloud creator – the outputs really look very different depending on the creator you use. Or try reducing the number of words in the output. Just play a little bit around with the different options. Usually the firs result isn’t the best. Nevertheless you don’t have to put a lot of effort into it and can create nice looking results relatively easy.
Have fun playing around with these tools while creating your unique pieces of “content art” 😉 I hope these were some tips you can include in your potential style optimizations for your articles here on TRYBE or in general.