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Starting a New Blog? Start With a Mind Map

Yesterday we covered how to use mind mapping to come up with topics to post about.

As I was writing that post I was reminded of a very similar process that I went through when planning my last new blog – Digital Photography School.

I wish I could find the notebook that I did the exercise in (I’ve still got boxes to unpack from our move) but it was very similar to some of the mindmaps that I shared yesterday.

  • The idea is to start with your over all blog’s topic/niche.
  • Then to brainstorm categories
  • Then to begin to brainstorm post and series topics

Here’s how it’d look:

New-Blog-Brainstorming

The beauty of doing this exercise before you start a new blog is that you think a little strategically about the bones of your blog (categories) and before you even start blogging you have a road map of the posts that you want to write in the first weeks and months.

If I were starting a new blog tomorrow I’d spend considerable time mapping it out in this way.

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Comments

  1. alex says:

    Can I download this mind map and publish it on MindMap Library?

  2. Darren Rowse says:

    sure Alex

  3. alex says:

    Thank you Darren, but I do not see a link for source file, only image. What software did you use to create it? Is it FreeMind or MindManager by any chance? Could it be converted to FreeMind or MindManager format?

  4. Edie says:

    I will try mind map – we are rebuilding our portal.

  5. Does anyone have a free book for building blogs.

  6. JasmineWay says:

    Finally something I can use mindmap for. I installed MindMap on my PC quite a while ago but could never quite find a project to use it for, and could never bring myself to uninstall it either.

    Definitely a great way to organise my thoughts and ideas for blog projects.

  7. Liam Hughes says:

    Great article with good advice.

    Here is a mindmap that gives advice on journal-keeping, so similar idea to blog writing: http://www.biggerplate.com/view/?id=487

    Anyone interested in mindmaps may want to take a look at http://www.biggerplate.com which has a great library of user-generated maps available to download for free.