Like most bloggers, I have many blog post drafts and ideas for future content. After a while these ideas can get a bit overwhelming. In an effort to get these thoughts organized, I’ve put together a system using several tools that seems to be working for me. I will share this system and tools in several blog posts as a mini-series. Today I’ll share the all important task of Creating Mind Maps.
Mind Maps Are Simple Ways Of Organizing Thought
The idea of creating mind maps, at first glance, can seem like just another trendy thing for geeks to do just to pass time. Mind Maps are actually just the opposite; Creating mind maps are so easy anyone can do it in minutes and the idea is to save time, not waste it.
A Mind Mapping Example
Mind maps can organize all types of thought and for this example I decided to map out future blog posts that I have already planned for Hot Blog Tips. I was Tweeting with Gail Gardner (GrowMap) when the idea ofÂ creating a mind map came to me. Thank you Gail.
I’ve considered using mindmaps at times; usually I just have them in my head and when they’re finished I write them into posts @HotBlogTips
— Gail Gardner (@GrowMap) October 29, 2011
Why would I Creating A Mind Map Of Blog Post Ideas?
Keeping a regular flow of content going on our blogs is important and the best way to keep that flow consistent with your blogging goals is to plan future blogging ideas. Another important reason to organize your future blog posts is to help content “flow” in the right direction and interact with other related posts in the form of internal linking. Internal linking is important for SEO and reader facilitation
Let’s take my list of future blog post ideas and turn them into a easy way to understand the potential schedule and internal linking at a glance:
Blog Post Ideas:
Developing A Continuous Stream Of Content Ideas
Following The Mega-Blogging Gurus
Keyword Research Series (Video?)
Bookmarking For Bloggers (credit: Joshua Zamora)
Mapping And Linking Future Blog Posts
Organizing Emails With Separate Accounts And Filters (Screen Video)
Common Advertising Mistakes By Bloggers
Is Your Linking-Out Policy Hurting Your Blog?
Buying Traffic Can Hurt Your Blog
Fast And Easy Writing Resources For Blogging
Safelist Marketing Experiment
Get Your Blogging Rounds On
Why Every Blogger Should Use A Squeeze Page
Avoid These Blogging Blunders
Drive Traffic From Facebook Groups
Stay On Top Of The Blogging Industry
Once I begin creating the mind map, those post ideas begin to take shape and I can see that I want to link “Mapping And Linking Future Blog Posts” to “Developing A Continuous Stream Of Content Ideas“. I can also see where past posts could easily be linked to future content. With these thoughts organized and illustrated, I can also determine the basic order and schedule of the future posts and even develop new ideas.
Resources For Creating Mind Maps
I used Freeplane to create the mindmap above, a free and open source information mapping/mind mapping software.
There are many other resources for creating mind maps. See:
List of concept and mind-mapping software
Mind Mapping Tools
Mind Mapping: Best Tools To Draw Your Own MindMaps
Share Your Mind Mapping Ideas With Us
Have you created any mind maps yet? Do you have any ideas for your next map? Can you see the benefit in mapping your thoughts into an easy to read image? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Feel free to link to your mind map/s.