Ok, this is an idea I’ve had when I heard about mind maps the other day. I knew about the concept of brainstorming, but so far I was only familiar with the off line version of scribbling and drawing circles.
So when I came across this useful and free tool, I went ahead and created a mind map for those looking to start a Blog but having no idea how to. This tutorial will go into the draw over at BlueJar for Sarah’s contest. I’m not even looking to win, I’ve had so much fun doing this map and hopefully you will have fun too by studying it – and applying. I have published the map and you can look at it in a new browser window for ease of navigation.
It is my first ever virtual mind map and think I will use this a lot in the future. I reckon it could also provide a great platform for communicating and brainstorming with a JV partner, especially if they are in a different time zone. Because it allows users to share the site in collaboration, which means you can invite others to partake in your mind map and build it together.
Mind maps have long been known to help combine the right and the left hand side of our brain. They are about collecting ideas and arranging them in a tree like diagram or circle. By jotting down ideas like this we tend to really let go on our inhibitions which is beneficial for creative energies to flow. But not only that, mind maps are an ever building work of art that can be used to start any new venture.
What I really love about an online application like this one is the fact that I can just clip down an idea as it enters my head, without the mess of paper clutter. Plus if I feel like it, I can also share it with others like in this instance.
The image you see on the left was created by Aranya under a GNU Free Documentation License.
It is a hand drawn mind map and is an inspiring tool to encourage us to scribble. Kind of like going back to childhood.
If you feel drawn to this particular method of mind mapping, then you can do so free of charge by visiting here.
I would love to get some feedback from anybody who reads this message in regards to mind maps and what you think about them. Would you use them yourself too? Let me know.
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