Are you the type to write everything down to get an episode roughed out? Perhaps you already use something like MindNode or Freemind. Well, if you haven't heard about Coggle, then let me try to give you some insight. First and foremost, it's free. Who doesn't like that? Secondly, it's for brainstorming, and organizing your thoughts either solo or with others.
The bottom line for many shows is getting content out quickly and consistently. For many, there is more to it than just turning on the microphones and getting it done. There is preparation, research, and even dry runs on a show. Perfection is a must and Dan Carlin comes to mind when I think of those shows. Obviously, a show that size has a team and maybe Coggle isn't right for them, but for smaller shows that need to organize, having the tools to assist and make that task much easier is always welcome.
Coggle just happens to be web-based and that makes life a whole lot easier for cross-platform compatibility. It also makes life easier taking your work with you when you have to take a trip or work on the road. So many look for mobility in their workflow.
So what does this new tool offer? Let's take a look at the list:
Needless to say there is much more to this that just what I listed there. The team behind this tool is adding more to it as well as time moves along. I created a 17 minute video of going through the interface and talk about how to work it into your workflow. Check it out below.
- Free, you can support them for $7/year
- Browser-based so super mobile
- Simplistic layout and function
- Download in PDF, Image, MM, and other formats
- Save to Google Drive
- Uses MarkDown for formatting
- Add users to your Coggles
- Very simple registration
- Saves revisions
- Can publicly show your Coggles
Hopefully the video gets you as excited as I am about using this. I plan on arranging my thoughts in this for each podcast episode that I plan to produce. It makes sense and I think it's an added benefit to all of our listeners.
When I normally brainstorm content, I usually sit down with a pad and a pen or use notepad to just get ideas down. It built up a mountain of files that were all text-based and nothing I would be proud to share. I think this really opened up some new ways of doing business. I want to share with others so they can benefit as well. It took about 3 days before I actually figured out the benefits of this. I wasn't excited to dig in, and I didn't really know what I was going to do with it. About 2 nights ago it just clicked. Then I got all crazy and wanted to share it with everyone.
I suppose is also a trial and error until we find a better way forward. I hope this helps you achieve better results as well. If you have questions or comments, please leave them below. I would love to hear what your thoughts are as well.
Below is the Soundcloud segment as well discussing brainstorming. In this segment, Coggle takes a backseat, while brainstorming is the focus.
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Using Coggle In Your Podcasting Workflow
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