I was recently reading the 1st Blogoversary post over at Sparkling Letters and I realized something:
Graphs make me happy!
They just do. Seriously, if I see a post that has graphs in it, I just have to read it—and I gobble them up. I see graphs in someone’s wrap-up post and I perk up and take notice. Even though I’m a completely disorganized person, somehow data in a graph calls to me. It almost doesn’t even matter what the graphs are showing. (Okay, it does matter. I’m not crazy enough to love graphs about boring stuff like the stock market. Butif the graph has anything to do with books, I’m sold.) Somehow putting the information into a graph makes it fun and interesting. Also, adding color to the graphs automatically makes the information that much more exciting.
Case in point: I thought I’d look through my Goodreads stats for the year and make some graphs based on mostly inane stats. It doesn’t matter what I’m tracking—it looks intriguing if it’s presented in a graph.
Alphabetical by Author’s Last Name:
Admit it, even though that information wasn’t all that useful OR entertaining, you checked those graphs out. You did, right? That’s because graphs have an irresistible pull and any resistance to the graphed knowledge is completely futile. I don’t know who invented the graph, but that person was a genius. Whoever you are, person, you have made my life so much sunnier.
In fact, let me express my emotions in a wordcloud:
I guess I should point out that I’m not that excited about actually making graphs. That takes work after all. I mean, I love them once they’re made, but it’s not like I put graphs in all of my posts. (Actually, after I made the graphs for this post, I realized that they take too long to load and they bring up a hoverable thingy to go to Infographics—I’m not all that crazy about that, but I’m not doing them all again in another tool.) But I’m going to try to find the perfect tool and sneak them in more where I can! It’s totally worth the effort!
Are you a graph junkie like me? Do graphs just make you happy somehow? Do you have a fantastic tool that you use to add graphs to your posts? I want to know!