How to find inspiration for your blog posts is a common concern for bloggers of all levels. There are times where I sit here at this keyboard wondering what is it I will blog about next, what if I run out of ideas for next week? This week at KLCK we learned how mindmapping could help us with this problem. We also learnt about the power of video as part of a blog as a website.
Frank Bradley uses mind maps for all areas of his life, to manage to do lists, to ensure he has good work life balance and of course to organise his thoughts for blogging. He blogs both on Tumblr and as part of the collaborative business blog Bloggertone.
For me it was a real eye opener, I guess I had always thought of mindmaps as being a bit out there but after playing with the concept I could see how it can help effectively organise your thoughts. Franks presentation will be available on the KLCK Facebook page soon.
The first speaker of the evening was Bryan Corden from Hedgehog Productions in Carlow who talked about the power of video blogging, and how to effectively push our videos out across the Internet (presentation here). He was accompanied by a cameraman and camera and we shot a short video on the night. I’ll share this on my videocast as soon as it’s completed.
After the speakers we discussed the best way to start blogging, we talked about the differences between the different formats; Blogger, WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Tumbler and Posterous. We also talked about using Facebook to blog and anyone who checked into my blog yesterday will have seen how easy it is to do. I’m delighted to see that three of the attendees have started blogging using the Facebook ‘Notes’ application.
A big thank you to our hosts The Seven Oaks Hotel who looked after us really well. To see who was there on the night, their blogs/websites visit our Facebook page. You can also see pictures from the evening in our Flickr group. If you missed the night we’re getting better and better at tweeting, you can view the Twitter archive here.
There will be no January meetup. The next meeting will be in Laois on the 14th of February, we will post details on our Facebook page and Linkedin group when we have them. You can also join the KLCK mailing list and we will send you out details of all further meetings.
We also have a discussion group on Facebook if you want to get involved between meetups.