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As bloggers, one of the worst setbacks that we can face is the daunting task of coming up with and developing topics about which we can write.
Corporations spend millions of dollars a year on research and development so that they can come up with the products and services that will sell. You probably don’t have millions of dollars to put into this task, but you do need to find a way to develop new and exciting ideas for your blog.
I am bombarded with questions from bloggers related to this idea. Sometimes it can be incredibly difficult to come up with ideas day after day. Well, here’s some good news. It doesn’t have to be such a miserable task. In fact, generating ideas for your blog can actually be a fun project when you learn how to put into practice this amazing concept.
Are you struggling to develop topics?
Idea mapping is the practice of creating a diagram or chart to layout your ideas and organize your thoughts.
It might sound complicated…but it’s actually incredibly simple. It can be done on paper or by using some popular mind mapping websites like Mind Meister. I use Mind Meister to create mine. It’s free and it’s lots of fun.
The easiest way to explain this unique concept is to simply start by showing you a picture of my idea map. Notice how I break my diagram down into the basic categories of my website. I then work to think of topics and ideas that could be covered under each category.
4 Steps to Build Your Idea Map
Here’s a few simple steps to get you started on your idea mapping journey. Take them and use them or explore a system that works for you.
- Write the name of your site in the middle of the page.
- Write the name of 5 or 6 categories surrounding the site name.
- Work to create at least one topic in each category.
- Repeat step 3 until you have 5 or 6 topics in each category.
If you apply those steps then you can come up with 25-36 topics for your blog in about an hour or so. That’s enough topics to write for a month or more every single day. Since most bloggers don’t post every day…this will last you even longer.
This single practice can provide an amazing jolt to your work of generating topics for your blog. Get out a piece of paper or head over to Mind Meister and create a free account and start getting your ideas down on paper today!