Well, it’s been some time since we started our contest, and this was an enjoyable time. On 10th March the submission for this contest was over, so we have to announce our winner today. And, as you already read, we do have a winner!
I wasn’t overwhelmed by the quantity of comments in which you should show some of the uses of your mind mapping techniques, but the interest that mind mapping – generally speaking – got during this period was unexpected. For instance, in my last post My Most Downloaded Mind Maps, in only 3 days several mind maps almost doubled their download number. Here are some statistics (by clicking the link you will download the map, and what you see between the paranthesis is the actual, real-time, number of downloads): the no 1 map, [download#1], had 194 downloads when the top was posted, on March 9th, and now, on March 12th, it has 267. Also, [download#6], had 67 downloads when the top was made, and now, on March 12th, it reached 122 downloads. Quite impressive!
Back to our contest, my winner is A.R., you can see his first comment here. On March 11th he come back with another comment, but, to be honest, my decision was already made. I liked the way he/she (don’t really know yet, maybe a little presentation wouldn’t hurt 🙂 ) tries to keep things simple, and also I like the approach in evaluating other mind mapping applications, quite disciplined. Here’s an excerpt from his/her first mind map (click to enlarge):
Some words for Jeroen and Simonne (who had a terrific idea about mind mapping her love life…): maybe a little more involvment would gave them real chances. I expect them to be preparred for the next contest though, I really like their blogs and I think they have a lot of words to say and a lot of action to show about mind mapping.
Until then, congrats to the winner, and thanks to the guys at MindJet who gave me this opportunity.
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Running For My Life - from zero to ultramarathoner
The spooky thing about depression is that it sneaks in. There aren’t really trumpets and loud voices announcing: “Hail, hail, this is depression entering the room, all rise!” Nope. It’s slow, silent, creepy. It doesn’t even look like depression. It starts with small isolation thoughts like: “Maybe I shouldn’t get out today, I just don’t feel like going out”. And then it does the same next day. And then the day after that and so on. And then it starts to whisper louder and louder in your ears: “Why would you go outside, you loser? Didn’t have enough yet? Want more people to make fun of how much of a big, fat loser you are?”
And then you start to breath in guilt and shame, instead of air. Every breathe you take is putting more dark thoughts into your body.
Until you get stuck. You can’t move anymore. At all.
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