For over a year, I’ve been using a simple, 3-step mind map for planning and tracking blog posts, which I shared for the first time in Friday’s Continent Marketing Institute Blog.
In planning my Blog Post Tracker mind map, my goal was to make it as easy as possible to keep track of ideas for future blog posts.
I also wanted it to make it easy to plan and schedule current blog posts in the context of previous blog posts.
This helps me choose the topics for future posts based on the comments and social media support they had originally attracted. It also simplifies repurposing and reformating previous blog post content.
Simple, but scalable
Although my Blog Post Tracker mind map has only 3 topics, it is scalable to accommodate hundreds of ideas and blog posts.
This is because it uses tags to keep track of the topics, or blog post categories, associated with each post, such as content marketing, content curation, graphic design, social media, staffing, and writing.
Managing projects with mind maps
My Blog Post Tracker’s project management capabilities are based on MindManager for Windows’ ability to add start dates and due dates for blog posts. This helps me schedule my work as well as provides the deadlines necessary to convert intentions into action.
If you’ve previously thought mind mapping was only for creative applications, like content planning and sharing ideas, you may be overlooking a lot of its potential as a content management tool.
To learn more…
Learn more in my illustrated post, How to Organize Your Blog Content with A 3-Step Post Tracker. There are also links to a large, printable image you can study, a downloadable sample of the mind map in Mindjet’s MindManager format, and an online version of the Blog Post Tracker that you can explore, even if you’re not a MindManager user.
While at the Content Marketing Institute blog, you can also explore my earlier content marketing and mind mapping contributions here. Several include downloadable PDF project planning worksheets, checklists, and scorecards.
Although intended to be used (or modeled) by itself, my Blog Post Tracker is designed as an essential part of my Mindjet Content Dashboard series. And, check out my upcoming Introduction to Mind Mapping program.