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?

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.

10 ways to use mind maps for blogging

How to Draw a Mind Map

  1. Start in the middle of a blank page, writing or drawing the idea you intend to develop.
  2. Develop the related subtopics around this central topic, connecting each of them to the center with a line.
  3. Repeat the same process for the subtopics, generating lower-level subtopics as you see fit, connecting each of those to the corresponding subtopic.
  4. Use a variety of colours and symbols. The more visual you are, the more your brain will respond.
  5. Keep the topics labels as short as possible.
  6. Vary text size, color and alignment.
  7. Vary the thickness and length of the lines.

Example – A Mind Map To Prepare for the Write Tribe Festival of Words #6

mind map for write tribe festival of words

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!


Published by corinnerodrigues

A lover of words. A self-acceptance blogger. A blogging coach. A book reviewer. A woman happily journeying through midlife, moving from self-improvement to self-acceptance and enjoying being herself. Corinne writes at Everyday Gyaan, reviews fiction at CorinneRodrigues.com and encourages writers and bloggers at Write Tribe and offers offline coaching to writers and bloggers at The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India.

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  1. I learnt something new today as this is not really known to me. I plan to research this some more and start using it as this seems amazing to me. And colour coding, brings a smile to my face as is 😉

  2. This is going to be so helpful for my future posts. Thanks Corrine for this helpful and informative post. It surely will provide much more clarity. I guess I will also use this technique while teaching my son, so that he gets a clear impression in his mind.

  3. Thanks for sharing this invaluable tool with everyone today, Corinne. I was first introduced to mind maps some 17 odd years ago as part of my management program and remember being bowled over by the beauty of it. Its a great tool that we use at home and at work for planning and organising stuff on a regular basis. Now, even my son uses it as part of his school coursework and it is amazing how this tool makes complex concepts so much easier to grasp!

  4. Mind Maps…yes its a great tool! I was first introduced to this by my son few years back when he learnt this technique in school. And I instantly fell in love with it. The visual picture always gives clarity and the retention/ recall of the idea expressed in the mind map is pretty high.
    As you rightly said, there are different ways in which it could be put to use, specially in the context of Blogging. Out of 10 listed, we the Team MocktailMommies have been using them, but to be honest, unknowingly! Your article has now has inspired me to use this wonderful technique in a better way! Thanks for the informative post!
    Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

  5. I think I do follow this ‘mind map’ concept though I wasn’t aware of it. It makes a lot of sense to follow this thought process to increase efficiency and productivity. Thanks for the gyaan Corinne!

  6. This is an amazing post Corinne. Mindmaps are useful for every day tasks like even planning a day. I will have to adopt this strategy to have a less frenzied working day. Thanks for sharing. Good to still see you blogging in these trying times.

  7. Recently a friend also told me about the mind map, & seeing all the details is really helping me! Will make apne soon & colour code it 🙂