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Lately I’ve been a bit busy writing a book on ASP.NET MVC and with some Microsoft events, so unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of remaining spare time to write the interesting posts I used to write before. But my mind never stop running, so sometimes an idea for a good post popped up in my mind. At first I thought I would have been able to remember them all, but soon I discovered I was keeping forgetting them, so I looked for a solution to this problem. And I found out a post that suggested (sorry, don’t remember which one it was) to use a mind map to keep track of all the ideas. The mind map format also allows the ideas to flow, as from one idea many other might come out, like other posts on the same topic or more in-depth posts.

And among the few online mindmapping tools I found, I started to use MindMaster (the other options were bubbl.us and Mindomo) which has a free membership that includes 6 maps.

Down below is my current mind map with the ideas for posts I collected in the past few months:

mindmap

So, as soon as I finish writing the book, which will hopefully be done by mid-late November, I’ll go back in blog writing mode, so, stay tuned as there are interesting posts on the way.

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posted on Thursday, November 6, 2008 1:55 PM

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# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by Mahdi Taghizadeh at 11/6/2008 2:57 PM

Very useful post. I used to write down these ideas somewhere (in a .txt file, Yahoo notepad in my Yahoo Widgets, etc.) but they were not organized but I think I can organize them more using the tools you introduced.

Thank you!

# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by admin at 11/6/2008 5:31 PM

I started using Google Notes, but then I realized the mind map tool was cooler :) only misses the ability to add more text to the items

# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by Diego Guidi at 11/6/2008 7:46 PM

take a look also to: http://www.mind42.com/

# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by Si Philp at 11/6/2008 9:22 PM

I use an a5 book that I scribble ideas down on. It's just the time to follow up on them that's the problem.
Nice find :) If I can only be more organised lol.
Surely more posts on subtext is needed ;)

# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by phatshantz at 11/7/2008 6:24 AM

freemind
freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by Simone at 11/7/2008 3:12 PM

@phatshantz: thank you, but I was looking for a "hosted" solution, not something to install myself :)

# re: How to keep track of ideas with a mind map

Left by Jacob at 11/7/2008 5:41 PM

Like Diego, I kind of like http://www.mind42.com/.

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