One of the great things about running a Blog Carnival is getting to see some great posts without visiting dozens of sites. I happened upon a post (in the upcoming blog carnival) over at Cindy Kings’ site “Mind Mapping Makes Life Easier“.
Interestingly James Brausch also released a product just recently called “Map Your Mind“.
The post at Cindys’ site had one comment asking about free mind mapping software — which led me to another resource that I had found several months ago over at SEO BOOK http://tools.seobook.com/imme/ – read the post, it’s great and gives you a fantastic Internet Marketing Made Easy mind map!
They reference a product called FreeMind – which is a Sourceforge product available by visiting the site http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page.
You can learn more about Freemind by visiting the site and reading up on it.
So What Is A Mind Map?
According to WikiPedia:
A mind map is a diagram used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged radially around a central key word or idea. It is used to generate, visualize, structure and classify ideas, and as an aid in study, organization, problem solving, decision making, and writing.
It is an image-centered diagram that represents semantic or other connections between portions of information. By presenting these connections in a radial, non-linear graphical manner, it encourages a brainstorming approach to any given organizational task, eliminating the hurdle of initially establishing an intrinsically appropriate or relevant conceptual framework to work within.
A mind map is similar to a semantic network or cognitive map but there are no formal restrictions on the kinds of links used.
The elements are arranged intuitively according to the importance of the concepts and they are organized into groupings, branches, or areas. The uniform graphic formulation of the semantic structure of information on the method of gathering knowledge, may aid recall of existing memories.
The Wiki page has some great information on Mind maps http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_map
Finally here are a few more resources for you:
- http://www.topicscape.com/mindmaps/ - a huge 48 page repository of mind maps on every topic imaginable!
- http://www.mind-mapping.org/mindmapping-and-you/basic-introduction-to-mindmapping.html - provides some basic information on what a mind map is
So how is this different from writing out thoughts on paper? No difference at all – instead of using paper, you’re doing it on your computer.