I remember when I was in high school my English teacher used to try to get me to use that brain storm cloud thingy to come up with ideas for writing assignments and it just never worked for me. I preferred to sit with pen and paper (back then we were old school and we used a pen and paper when we had to write) and just start writing. I still write like that ~ free style. I let everything hit the page and then I go back and edit until I’ve formed a cohesive post. Sounds insane and disorganized but it works for me.
This is also how I get my ideas ~ I just let things flow but I also draw inspiration from things that happen to me during the day, reading other people’s blogs, reading Twitter, watching the news, etc, those are all good fodder for blog posts. However, I’m going to follow the rules and use a mind mapping tool to come up with some new blogging topics.
After trying both Bookvar and bubbl.us, I settled on bubbl.us. And, um, this whole process was hard. Mind mapping is so not the way my brain works. I tried using old posts as jumping off points and I just could not get the juices flowing. Although I’m sure this process works for others, it simply did not work well for me at all.
Have you ever tried mind mapping? Does it work for you? Can you really get blogging ideas from mind mapping? Please share with me.
This post was written as part of the 31 Day Problogger Challenge that is being sponsored by SITS.