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Camino Word Clouds

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Laurie Ferris, Feb 14, 2017.

  1. Laurie Ferris

    Laurie Ferris The Camino Provides

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    Have you ever seen those word clouds made up of a variety of words, some small, some large, some even larger? I had a brainstorm one night and thought it would be fun to make a Camino word cloud. I asked a question of the Camigas on Facebook (a group for women to share tips about the Camino). My question was, “What single word describes what the Camino provided for you?” The first eighty responses resulted in the heart-shaped word cloud below, in which larger words are the most used.

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    I loved so much how this experiment turned out that I made the blue heart my Facebook page cover photo for the month of February. As soon as I shared this graphic on the Camigas post, more responses kept pouring in! So I made another. The pink text bubble results are from 130 replies.

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    This one was just as striking, but perhaps a little too busy as there are so many words to process. It does not surprise me that the most frequently used words are Peace, Confidence, Joy, Freedom and Love. Amen, Camigas! My word was Courage, but I had all of those other feelings at different times during my Camino. I was really glad that Vino and Food made the cut, as those were very memorable (and tasty!) aspects of the pilgrimage.

    Then I thought, what would men answer to the same question? There is no equivalent Camigos group just for men, so I posted the question to a large group of Camino enthusiasts from around the world. The Camino de Santiago closed group currently has 15,426 members. Since there are both women and men in the group, I asked that only men respond. Naturally, a few women could not resist chiming in. ;-)

    The responses were fast, but with a group this active, my post was soon buried down the timeline. When I eventually got sixty words from men, I decided to call it and make this word cloud in the shape of a Camino arrow.

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    Clearly, the men really appreciate the freedom of the Camino! Among men’s other revealing words were Blisters, Brotherhood, Adventure, and No Sex (I had to merge this response into a single word.) Remember from a recent post on Camino Statistics, that men outnumber women on the Camino 52% to 48% (and the gap is narrowing), but men appear to be less expressive about it. No surprise there. ¡Así es la vida!

    I have been fascinated with the phrase, “The Camino Provides.” It is fun to see how a random sampling of people responded to the question. What started out as a simple curiosity turned out to be a fun experiment, showing men’s and women’s different perspectives on the Camino.

    What single word describes what the Camino provided for you?

    If you would like to contribute to a new word cloud, write your response in the comments below or on the original post at https://thecaminoprovides.com/2017/02/10/camino-in-the-clouds/
    Keep the responses coming. The more the merrier!

    ¡Buen Camino!
     
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    danvo Super Moderator Staff Member

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    @Laurie Ferris this is great! Thanks! One another idea: Try to ask for responses from people in their native languages :) ;)
     
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  3. Wily

    Wily Camino Francés 2016; Camino Portugués 2017

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    Hey Laurie - Really interesting and an insightful way to see how people (in the latter case men) think about an experience. It's not too surprising that when putting these two Camino word clouds side by side, one by women and the other by men, that they'd convey different messages. More interesting is the overlap between the two. Oops, there doesn't seem to be that much! Clearly guys, women are much more expressive than we are! From a purely Freudian point of view, I love the shapes of the two word clouds! A colleauge of mine teaches gender studies. I'm definitely going to share this with her. A cool idea and thanks for sharing. Great stuff as always Laurie! Buen Camino!
     
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    UnkleHammy Donating Member Donating Member

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    These are great! Thanks.

    Is there any chance that you could do another word cloud with word pairs joined with an underscore? I have problems using only one word when thinking about the Camino.
     
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    Restorative comes to mind for me, or even reanimated. It woke me up to life outside the one I had been living as a soldier, and opened my eyes to the joy around us.
     
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    Laurie Ferris The Camino Provides

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    Great idea!
     
  7. Laurie Ferris

    Laurie Ferris The Camino Provides

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    Thanks Wily! It was a fun project.:)
     
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