Over the last few weeks, I have had many comments and discussions about how greatly improved my writing has become. One friend asked me what I had done differently. So, to answer my friend’s question. I decided to write the answer in this post.
Honestly as a blogger, I have a lot of ideas flowing through my brain. The point is: that at any one time I am working on more than one post. Needless to say, it can get overwhelming, I felt like to prevent blogger burn-out, I needed to find a fast, flexible solution that would change with me and the ever-growing needs and demands of my blog.
I am sure many of you are familiar with mind mapping: at times known as clustering or webbing. I am sure like me, you made use of mind mapping in school and weren’t sure if it was really worth your time. But, I have revisited the idea of mind mapping; I decided to give it a second try, after reading about how mind mapping works in a nonlinear way, the natural way for the human brain.
So you want to start mind mapping? I think of mind mapping like a wheel, with many spokes. Start with the main idea in the centre of the page. Or if you are like me, you could use free software like xmind. From the central idea, branch out with other ideas. The beauty of using a mind mapping software package is that you can add notes. If you write these notes in paragraphs by the time you export your mind map into a word doc blog post etc. the written work will be almost complete.
Many of my long-time readers know my love with dragon (affiliate link). Dragon lets me get my thoughts down quickly, without worrying about spelling. It is truly able to keep up with my thought processes.
I discovered if I combine forces of xmind (the free software I chose); with the speed of dragon (affiliate link) it allows me to plan. Not only to plan, but to plan with the speed at which my brain works.
So I am curious, do you use mind maps, and how do you use them? Do you have any questions about mind mapping? Ask in the comments below, and I will be happy to answer any and all questions.
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