Using Mind Maps To Generate Blog Post Topics
If you’ve been writing content for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly encountered the challenge of coming up with new ideas for blog topics. You know you have to write consistently but all that keeps coming to mind are the topics you’ve already posted. What do you do?
Mind maps are a great way to help you write down your ideas and find connected thoughts you didn’t know might be related to help generate content ideas. You can start with a single, abstract thought and develop many supporting and related ideas simply by writing them down and drawing connections. Or you can take an existing idea, or blog post topic, and develop more blog post ideas from it. It’s up to you on how you want to use them!
The Idea Method
The first way of doing this is directed towards the relatively new blog. Let’s say you know you want to write about art as a hobby, but you’re having trouble coming up with some specific blog topics. Start with your main idea and expand from there.
This is just a quick example of some article types for a blog about “art as a hobby”, gradually getting more specific as we move towards the outside. This type of mapping can work for every type of blog and can help get you started and it only took about 10 minutes. Just with the few that I’ve listed, I have content to write about every day for a month!
Now, if you’ve been blogging for awhile but you feel like the well is running dry, mind mapping can be a great tool to help you get more content out of your existing posts.
The Existing-Title Method
Take a previously popular post and piggyback on the fact that people really enjoyed it. We are going to continue the art theme with the hypothetical title, “Why you should pick drawing as a hobby.” You simply put it as the central idea in your mind map and work on finding related ideas and topics.
Not bad for five minutes of brainstorming! We’ve found 8 additional blog ideas off of just one original post. If you did this for all of your posts, you’d have something to write about for a very long time.
Mind mapping is certainly an effective way to develop content ideas. We all get stuck and this is just one great tool to help you in your writing journey.
Are there any tips, tools, or techniques you use to help find blog topic ideas? Bonus: Use our Blog Title Generator