Mind mapping is an educational technique that can help every creative mind be even more creative. 
Basic mind mapping involves writing a single keyword or main thought in the center of a whiteboard or piece of paper….and then linking associated ideas, words, and concepts around that keyword or main topic.

Mind mapping can be an important tool in each phase of the writing process…research, organizing, writing, and editing…

  • During the research phase, mind mapping can help you save time.. Having all of your data and resources—Word documents, notes kept on Evernote, Excel spreadsheet ranges, Outlook e-mails, and any project files and supporting information—well organized and collected in one location can save countless hours of time and eliminate a great deal of frustration.
  • During the organizing or outlining phase, mind mapping can help you see how all of the pieces of the puzzle fit together into a blog post or a series of blog posts. At this point, you will spend time moving topics around at will, grouping and regrouping information until it makes the most sense to you.
  • During the writing phase, mind mapping can help you link to the sources and supporting information used in your post without having to figure out which source contained exactly which information.
  • During the editing phase, mind mapping can help you find additional details and information to add to your post once you have transferred your ideas into your blogging platform. 

Mind mapping apps available to iPad users like myself include…

(As a sort of disclaimer, my goal in writing this post has been to find what mind mapping app options are available to bloggers like myself using an iPad…and to start with free apps until I find one app that I like the best…

I have just finished downloading the Simple Mind app and the Total Recall app…look for another post in the next month after I have had time to actually start using these two apps)…

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