mind mapping to write better blog posts

 

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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.

Mind Mapping

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.

Dragon

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.

Combining Forces

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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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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One Response to mind mapping to write better blog posts

  1. Jerry says:

    Thank you for this great post, Laura. I am writing a novel and want to dictate an outline into a mind mapping program. I didn’t know XMind worked so well with Dragon NaturallySpeaking until I read this, downloaded the free version of XMind, and tried using them. They work great together, and I saved a few hundred dollars by not having to purchase one of the “big” mind mapping programs. You have a great site with valuable information for people from all walks of life. I can’t say “Thank You” enough for helping me save money on those other programs!

    Sincerely,
    Jerry

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