Mind Mapping for Real Life – Mapping Blog Posts

Well, blogging is not as easy as it seems. Is it sooo easy to get into blogging, but making a good blog and maintining it for more than one week, well, that’s another story. You need ambition, time and knowledge. You need talent and specific expertise that you will showcase in your posts, but, most of all, you’ll need some stories. You need to actually write something.

And how can you do that? How can you write clear and easy to read posts? Well, there are several good writing techniques available for free on the web, and just by googling on that you can find valuable resources. It’s fairly easy to learn how to write. And because it’s moderately easy to find tips about writing resources, I will try to show you someting that is not so easy. Something that you will always need, regardless of your actual writing skills, and this is your actual creativity power. It’s your inner energy, your hidden impulse that can put you in the position to actually write something down. It’s a map of your brain…

Of course, it’s about mind mapping, again. After getting used to mind mapping I started to use it more and more. And since I blog a lot, it was obvious that I will start to use it as a blogging tool. The last post on this blog, where I was talking about the internet currency, was actually structured using a mind map.

Mind Mapping or Templating?

Having a template for blogging activity is not a very good idea. Blogging is about creativity, most of the time, so trying to template it, so to speak, it’s a rude way of begging for your inner creativity. It’s not gonna work like this. You cannot enclose the blogging process into a frozen mind map template and still expect above the average results.

What you can do, is to mind map the process, not the product. And what do I mean by that: try to blog first into your mind map application, starting with a blank mind map, and then drawing connections and writing topics. Be relaxed, and follow your mental connection closely. Don’t be shy with your mind map nodes, draw as many as your mind ask you to. Also, don’ try to balance your mind map, if any of the branches start rising above the other, just follow tehm and detail those ideas to the higher level.

Just make sure you’re covered

At some point, you will feel that you sketched everything that was to be sketched and the actual writing can finally take place. Ups, but not yet. Before you start to actually write down your sentences you must be sure that your overall structure is ready. And that means: be sure to enter the descriptive tags for your story, if you use a tagging plugin. Do it now, because later you will be caught in the flow. Also, be sure to write somewhere the key info related to this post, such as place, time and author. It might be interesting to review this later on. Also, before you start to write, there is a very good idea to note down all the links that you may have in your post. Like this, you will have them handy in your mind map before you start writing.

And now, here’s the mind map I used for the last post.

As you can see, I started by writing some ideas about the knowledge world (workers and factories) but the actual “meat” of the post happened to be the link unit value model, which I perused the most.

This is the power of mind mapping. You may have some ideas on your head, you may have some thoughts, but until you actually start to draw a mirror of your brain, you are not truly aware of what it is. Only by letting the mind power to manifest in a non-linear environment – and that would be mind mapping, as opposed to normal, uni-dimensional writing – you assure the maximum output to your creative power.

If you have any other ideas about mind mapping, and if you think you can give me one of the most innovative uses of MindManager, the software that I used for this, feel free to leave a comment.

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