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Mind Mapping: 5 Easy Steps For Bloggers
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Mind Mapping: 5 Easy Steps for Bloggers

Have you heard of mind mapping before or even tried it? For those of us who maybe have more difficulty in coming up with and generating ideas for our blogs, then this is an excellent way to “fill in the gaps” by diagramming our idea into a mind map.

Simply put, mind mapping is visually drawing out your idea into a diagram form. Here are some hints to help should you want to try this out.

1. Main idea: A mind map is taking your main idea and writing it down in the center of a piece of paper or typing it in the center of your computer screen. From there, you begin to jot down associated ideas, phrases, topics…anything.

2. Major categories: After you have your main idea you need to start jotting down the first major ideas around it. These are usually done in a circle around the main idea. You may find it useful to place a circle or box around each of these.

3. Minor categories: Just like branches on a tree, you continue to build out your mind map by “sprouting” new ideas, or minor categories, from you major categories. Make sure you leave yourself lots of room as you may continue to branch out even from these “ideas”.

4. Use different colors: Because your mind map may become difficult to follow when you are done, it is highly recommended that you use different colors for your main idea and each of the major and minor categories.

5. Connect the dots: It’s important to link your ideas together. Not only does this help you see the connection between everything, it also helps you stay focused on the original idea and how everything branches out from that idea. You may find that some of your minor categories are similar or you want to link them together. That’s fine but, again, you may want to use a different line color to show this distinction.

Now what? You have this “thing” that looks like it was uprooted from the garden or came from outer space. I say, “Look again”. You have just taken one idea and created many sub-categories around that idea. This could possibly equate into one blog post or article for each of these ideas.

Mind mapping is a great way for bloggers to brainstorm ideas, develop a framework for your website, problem solve…or even determine if your website niche idea will have enough material for you to continue adding to for however long you choose to.

You can use a regular piece of paper to flush out your mind map or you can use free online software. I’ve tried a couple and have had a lot of fun, although, and probably because I’m a Baby Boomer, I always work best with pen and paper so find I always come back to those familiar friends.

Try mind mapping your next great idea. It’s a fun, a creative process, and is rich in providing material for your blog. Thanks for reading.


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Kymee  

Awesome I will thanks again

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  about 6 years ago
William6  

Hi Rick! I always use a mind map when I want to come up with a quick topic for an article. It also increases the chances of coming up with several spur articles or niche ideas. I do have to agree with you "it's a fun, creative process..."

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  about 6 years ago

Hi Bill and thanks. I love this form of creating, it's how my brain works. Good to see you back over at the other place.

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  about 6 years ago

Very good Post. I like this Signature ----------------------- entertaiment

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  about 6 years ago

Hi and thanks for reading. All the best to you.

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  about 6 years ago

This was great, esp. first thing in the morning. Also liked the way you credited WA with a lesson, too. Thanks for the nudge and the direction-pointer!

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  about 6 years ago

I love mind mapping. It's a great way to get the creative juices flowing,

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  about 6 years ago
Kymee  

Thanks again I am going to use this tomorrow. Maybe it will help me with my writers block. I hope so.....

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  about 6 years ago

Glad you liked it. There is a great lesson in WA as well. Just type mind mapping into the search box.

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  about 6 years ago
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