15 February, 2010

Mind Map of This Blog

Mind Map of The Colorist Blog. Click on the image to read in a larger format.

Cue the Twilight Zone Theme. We are going to mind map The Colorist.

Here is the theme music for this post ( Right Click to open a new tab).

The reason for this exercise is that Blogger has introduced tabs. You know the ones that make Wordpress blogs function so well? They take you to static pages that live (as I understand it) within your blog and I assume they accrue to your blog's statistical performance. I already use Google Page Creator (soon to be replaced by Google Sites) to direct readers to static pages, and the links have been via badges or icons that I place on the sidebar.

The mind map is my way of gathering the cluttered strings of this parachute that is my blog. I am trying to discover what sorts of things are interconnected. Which subjects would function better if found via tabs? Which want to be found via badges in the sidebar?

In addition to the mind map, I also listed my sidebar items by function. I look forward to reducing my sidebar to a more manageable affair. My plan is to use sidebar badges or icons to link to certain content, and tabs for other types. Now I just need one more important thing: some time.

Katherine Tyrrell has generously posted a How To for adding tabs to your blog.
Google Sites.
Mind Mapping.


SamArtDog said...

Why does this make me feel so much better about my own rat's nest of a brain?

Johnnny said...

Hi Casey: That was quite the undertaking to mind map your blog site. I love mind maps. It certainly is nice to be able to diagram out what you got into one picture. And you did it all in just one color. How does your mind feel after that exercise? More later, Johnnny.

Casey Klahn said...

Hey, Johnnny! I did it in under an hour, I think. I did break rules, such as the one color and the length of rays, etc. Ha ha - go figure an artist to do this as a drawing.

Glad to help, Sam.

Tomorrow I hope to post a "how to" for others who want to do their own blogs as a map.

loriann signori said...

Wow Casey! just looking at it hurts my brain.... I just make lists...lots of lists (and then lose them..but I feel better.) How do you manage?

Unknown said...

Reminds me of Sean Landers' work that I posted a couple of weeks ago. Very mind-bending.

Casey Klahn said...

Loriann. Come to think of it, my brain hurts, now, too. Especially since I put some effort into my tabs - so far I find it some hard decision making. Maybe it'll look different after I sleep on it.

Kathy. I may have missed Sean Landers, but I'll go take a look.

You can see how I approach mind mapping with tongue in cheek. These things need some perspective, IMO.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Casey! Great mind map! I look forward to your future posts about it.

Reminds me of the method of notetaking I learned in Psych to help track with clients. Also helped track brilliant but random speakers, too. I took notes from William Glasser and Albert Ellis that look like your mind map ... different content, of course. Thanks for the blast from my past with this.

Casey Klahn said...

As far as I had this stuff in school, we would "brainstorm," but that would generate a list.

In spite of several deficiencies I see in mind mapping, I thought I would give it a try for this. I'll add some detail next time on all of this.

I am beginning my tabs, and still find it daunting.

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