We are on Day 3 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words #6. On Day 2 we wrote about a resource we have or use. The Day 3 prompt says: Feature a map and write about a place either real or virtual. I’m going to cheat a bit and feature a different kind of map – a mind map. You can say that the place is virtual, because it relates to the blogging world! So mind maps and blogging it is.
Mind Maps And Blogging
I was introduced to mind mapping by a friend when we had to come with a series of articles for a website some 12 years ago. My friend also gave me a copy of Tony Buzan’s ‘How to Mind Map‘. Buzan popularized the idea of mental literacy and a thinking technique called Mind Mapping earlier used by Leonardo da Vinci and others. I began to use mind maps to plan training programmes, and found it so useful. Then I experimented with mind maps and blogging with good results.
What are mind maps?
A mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information. A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those.
Mind maps can be drawn by hand, either as “rough notes” during a lecture, meeting or planning session, for example, or as higher quality pictures when more time is available. – via Wikipedia
A mind map differs from traditional note taking or a linear text, as information is structured in a way that resembles much more closely how our brain actually works. Being both analytical and artistic, it engages your brain in a much deeper way, bringing to use all its cognitive functions.
How to can mind maps help you blog better?
Mind maps are a fantastic way to write down new ideas and then explore various connected ideas. You can start with a single idea and then develop various supportive/ connected ideas as the occur to you. Or you can take an old, popular blog post as the basis or the central idea and then develop a series of blog posts around it.
I’ve put together a list of 10 ways to use mind maps for blogging. Believe me, there are many more.
How to Draw a Mind Map
- Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop.
- Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.
- Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.
- Use a variety of colours and symbols. The more visual you are, the more your brain will respond.
- Keep the topics labels as short as possible.
- Vary text size, color and alignment.
- Vary the thickness and length of the lines.
Example – A Mind Map To Prepare for the Write Tribe Festival of Words #6
Have you used mind mapping before? Do you think it would help your blog/ blogging?
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Now show us your maps and where you are taking us today!