Welcome To Blaugust, Time to Have Some Fun!

I’m going to make my 31 posts this month, I’m going to do it!   It’s all Fun and Games, remember, so here are some ways for you to keep the Fun part rolling.

In case you’re not artistic like I certainly am not, you can add some things to your blog that aren’t just screenshots.   Bonus! When you post a puzzle, then the answer on another day, you’ve got two posts! 
 Note, these are just examples below, I’m not planning to add the answers to anything 🙂

Word Search

Make Word Searches from the games you play.

http://tools.atozteacherstuff.com/word-search-maker/wordsearch.php

Tie them into your post topic or they can surely stand alone.   Like this old one I did:

Crosswords

Create A Crossword on any blog topic, or with terms from a favorite game.   Here I haven’t a game related example, but both of these Crossword Makers work really well for taking your clues (clue writing is the tough part!) and words and making a fun puzzle.   Perhaps I’ll make a game one myself for Blaugust.

https://www.armoredpenguin.com/crossword/

http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com/CrissCrossSetupForm.asp

Cryptograms

My husband loves these, but I do caution that occasionally the Cryptogram maker doesn’t quite get things right.   Proof that it is right before posting.   I used in-game quest texts for my Cryptograms.

To get started, write out the alphabet on a piece of paper and look for recurring letters in the quest text below, then make educated guesses as to what the words might be.  The words will soon form intriguing sentences.

UZBKRNRE HK UBX VTR XDBKRE UBX KBDJHCQ BSTYK, B LBC IBDDRW SRBYLTCK XRRLX KT ZBNR HK HC ZHX ATXXRXXHTC. ZR XKHDDRW KZR XTCQ BCW LTNRW KZR LGXKREHTYX HKRL KT B XBMRE ADBIR, SYK ZR IBC’K YXR HK GRK. ZR IBDDRW HK B JRG, SYK ZR ZBX GRK KT DTIBKR KZR DTIJ, BCW ZR IYEXRW KZR HDDYLHCBKH BCW KZRHE DBSGEHCKZX.
 

Rebus

These are the fun little pictograms made from sentences everyone loves.  There are two sites.  I like the big pictures from Festisite, but the My Rebus one has a bit more challenge to it, and even has a challenge mode beyond the basic one.

https://www.festisite.com/rebus/

http://www.myrebus.com/

Here’s a sample from Festisite.  The sentence was grabbed from an old blog post of mine. Short sentences are good!  Make sure you uncheck “Use emoji characters instead of images” to get a proper puzzle.

Reasonably Clever Mini-mizer

How I love this fun little tool.  There are lots of options for creating a mini-you.

http://www.reasonablyclever.com/mm2/mini2.swf

Word Clouds

Tagxedo   http://www.tagxedo.com

You can put in your url to get a cloud, or text from a particular post to add illustration.

Wordle (Paste in some text)   http://www.wordle.net/

Add Text to Pictures

There are million ways to so so.   I just use roflbot.

http://wigflip.com/roflbot/

Make a Post It Note

You may have noticed I have a fondness for these.

http://wigflip.com/superstickies/

Comics

In case you’re a Laff Riot like someone we know, but you are a failure at even Stick Figures  these might give you a way to express your humor.   Toondoo is supposed to let you insert pictures into panels, such as your characters, but I haven’t gotten it to work.

http://www.toondoo.com/

https://www.storyboardthat.com/storyboard-creator

http://www.wittycomics.com/

https://www.makebeliefscomix.com/

I Write Like

https://iwl.me/

You can get a good post out of this one.   You type in text from your blog and it will let you know what famous writer “You Write Like”.

Typealyzer

http://www.typealyzer.com/

Put in your Blog’s url and voila!  All is revealed about you from your scintillating writing.   According to them, this is me:

I will say I ran my kitchen sink blog through and got the same.  With my book blog, I’m The Mechanic!  Eeek.   

Make your screenshots into interactive jigsaw puzzles

https://www.jigsawplanet.com/?rc=createpuzzle

A new favorite toy (cough, cough tool) is Jigsaw Planet.   You can make puzzles of your screenshots and drag the pieces around to solve the puzzle on a little timer.    Too much fun.  You’re supposed to be able to put your puzzle on your page and someone could play it there, but just once.   I’ll save trying that out for later in Blaugust.    Here’s my LOTRO Blockhead Ath puzzle.   You can change how many pieces and whether to allow rotation of pieces.

4 thoughts on “Welcome To Blaugust, Time to Have Some Fun!

  1. I think I have seen it analyzed. The first time I ever did it, I used a post I'd written about my admiration for Ray Bradbury. Who, by chance, did I Write Like? Ray Bradbury! I was all warm and fuzzy for a few moments, I swear. I think it is looking at terms used as well.

  2. I'd love to know how I Write Like works. I've tried it before and it seems very inconsistent. I just tried it with a series of recent posts and I got Cory Doctorow x4, Arthur C Clarke x2, Anne Rice and… Dan Brown!

    It's interesting that the two Arthur C Clarke posts were on Warframe and therefore had a number of SF terms which the others didn't. I suspect it's word-matching rather than doing any actual stylistic analysis.

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