Happy February! Like many of us, particularly Minnesotans apparently, I’ve added playing Wordle to my daily routine for the past month or so. I’ve also started photoshopping my scores into classic children’s books.
After I started posting my scores on Twitter like so many others, I saw some tweets suggesting the use of an image and alt-text generator so those using screen readers don’t have to endure a robot telling them “large black box, large yellow box, large green box” 30 times. So started doing that, but then thought it’d be more fun to make the image myself using the Canva skills I acquired during schlazathon.
The next day it escalated to some light heresy:
I’ve been reading a chapter from one of the Pooh books to my son nearly every night since he could comprehend a plot, and with the first book’s recent entry into the public domain, I thought it would be fun for Pooh to and Piglet to play. It turned out pretty well, and folks seemed to enjoy it, so I thought it’d be fun to pull from other sources as well.
Like other pandemic trends, what I’ve enjoyed about this playing game is the shared experience. It’s a simple way to connect with people all over the world in a time where that can be difficult. I’ve never really tried to amass followers on Twitter, but a few of the posts have gotten some retweets and brought in some new followers. It’s been fun to meet a few new folks and smash that like button on a bunch of strangers scores along the way.
And yes, the NYT bought the game and its future availability is uncertain, but I’ll keep playing and making scorecards for the foreseeable future. If there’s a book you’d like me to make a scorecard from, please reach out! I’m also maintaining a page of all the Twitter posts so you don’t have to wade through my entire timeline to find them.