Follow me to the depths of my twisted mind.
- Be afraid
- Be very, very afraid
Simple – it’s called Miller Mind-Mapping.
I love online and software tools and mind-mapping has more than a few.
However, when it comes to a blog topic exercise, I find the ol’ manual process works just fine for me.
If you’re game, let’s review how I came up with the 12-Day post (and ones like it).
#1 – Pick a Theme
Trust me. This is easier than it sounds.
The theme could be ~
- Objects sitting in front of your face – like those on your desk, outside your door, wherever
- Seasonal – pick one – summer, spring, fall or winter
- A holiday – Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, etc.
- A favorite TV show – the entire Food Network has served me well
- Use a famous quote - why not let the masters inspire you?
Don’t overthink it.
It doesn’t matter what you select – just choose a theme.
#2 – Make a List
It can be a mental list or you can actually jot down your theme results.
- 10 items from your desk
- The season you selected
- The name of your TV show
I’ll leave it to you to decide if you subscribe to lists of 7, 10 or more.
#3 – Play off the words that pop
When you look at your list, what words pop out?
For my 12 Days of Christmas post, here are the words that popped out to me.
- Partridge, pear tree
- Turtle doves
- French, hens
- Geese, laying
- Swans, swimming
- Maids, milking
- Ladies, dancing
- Lords, leaping
To keep my mind from screaming too much information all at once, I took one gift at a time.
- I write the ideas that come to mind from each gift
- You might want to jot down all your ideas first
Whatever works best for you
#4 – Put a business spin on it
Since this blog is about business writing, I want to take the theme and words and put a business spin on blog post ideas.
Again, my style is to work each one as it comes. It helps me from becoming overwhelmed.
It may be the strange workings of my mind, but I find the exercise simple.
Free associate your words with ideas.
Partridge in a pear tree
- Who expects to find a partridge in a pear tree?
- Business Post Idea: Blog about something you found in your business that was unexpected
- The partridge is like a bonus in your fruit tree
- Business Post Idea:Blog about a time the fruit of your labor produced a bonus
- What the heck would I do if someone gave me a partridge in a pear tree?
- Business Post Idea: Write a post about how you handled receiving a business gift you didn’t know what to do with
Now, do you understand the workings of my mind?
If not, you are not alone.
#5 – Pull out your list and write.
You now have a list of business blog post ideas to inspire you when your brain has turned to mush.
- Pick a theme
- Make a list
- Find words that pop
- Use a business spin
- Grab your list and write
It works for me – and I hope it works for you.
What methods do you use for mind-mapping ideas?
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