I presented some thoughts on Linklogs in one of the presentations at a Brussels Blog Dinner last Friday. I used Freemind, an open source mind mapping tool to prepare. Basically, a mindmap is nothing more than a visual presentation of an outline, but it does help to be able to reshuffle your thoughts in a visual way. Freemind is visually less attractive than commercial tools, but has an open file format and several export options. See for example my “Linklogs Mind Map”:
- clickable map (collapsed state in this case, the whole map was too big)
- browsable java applet (gives an idea of the Freemind interface itself – heavy 300 kb applet though!)
About the presentation itself:
Evaluation was mixed: a bare-bones outline (this is the original mind map) and a bunch of open tabbed Firefox windows is a bit risky as preparation. When I lost track of the order at some moment, it became euhm… a bit chaotic I’m afraid (my apologies if you had to sit it through!). Still I’m happy at least some people got some inspiration from it. Lesson learned: determine scope beforehand and don’t try to focus on more than 1 or 2 points in a “short” presentation (thank you Cindy).
(BTW: I must have been really hyper since I spent more than half an hour searching for my keys on leaving for Brussels – I thought I had accidentally dropped them. I went twice through my car and my weekend holiday luggage on a dark parking lot… In the end, they were still in a door lock!)