mind mapping in a comment in this post and I thought it would be interesting to share with you how I apply this technique to come up with ideas for blog posts.One of our readers, Eduard, mentioned
Usually when we think about various creative aspects of our work, the tendency is to come up with an idea and then analyze it on spot. This is not productive, since it requires costly context switches. Mind mapping helps to avoid thinking linearly and it makes us produce as many ideas as possible first, postponing the analyzing phase.
I used the technique described here. The idea is to take the last five posts from your blog and brainstorm around them. For the purpose of this demonstration, I selected three random posts from our blog and set myself the task to come up with five ideas for each. The posts selected were:
The tool is called bubbl.us and it's a neat free web application, written in Flash. It that has some useful capabilities, like exporting the map to an image and collaborating with others, and some not very useful, in my opinion, like sound alerts.
Using mind mapping, I managed to come up with 15 different ideas in about 10 minutes, as you may see in the image. You actually only see the ideas, so you have to trust me for the time interval. Of course, it's not mandatory to write about everything that I came up with, but I got a couple of ideas to play with for new posts.
I find this technique to be as efficient as simple and I consider that it may be applied to a broad range of mental activities, like determining goals and directions for your projects, establishing new features, writing articles or letters, generating ideas for blog posts and also composing a post.