Yesterday we covered how to use mind mapping to come up with topics to post about.
As I was writing that post I was reminded of a very similar process that I went through when planning my last new blog – Digital Photography School.
I wish I could find the notebook that I did the exercise in (I’ve still got boxes to unpack from our move) but it was very similar to some of the mindmaps that I shared yesterday.
- The idea is to start with your over all blog’s topic/niche.
- Then to brainstorm categories
- Then to begin to brainstorm post and series topics
Here’s how it’d look:
The beauty of doing this exercise before you start a new blog is that you think a little strategically about the bones of your blog (categories) and before you even start blogging you have a road map of the posts that you want to write in the first weeks and months.
If I were starting a new blog tomorrow I’d spend considerable time mapping it out in this way.