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Hello, I’m Chance Brown, Founder and Publisher of The Mindmap Blog.

I have a passion for technology tools that enable individuals and teams to get things done more efficiently and effectively. Mindmapping software is such a tool.

Here are some of the ways I’ve leveraged mindmapping software to get things done:

With all of these activities, I used mindmapping software to capture, organize and “visualize” my work.

In 2008, I created The Mindmap Blog to be an online resource to assist others in leveraging the power of mindmapping software.

The Mindmap Blog offers mindmapping resources and strategies for business and personal productivity. It is my hope you are able to leverage mindmapping to increase your productivity and overall effectiveness.

Here’s a little more about me:

Feel free to contact me at mindmapblog@gmail.com.

You can also follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mapthinker

Thanks for stopping by The Mindmap Blog!


38 Responses to About the Founder and Publisher

  1. Brian says:

    Hi Chance:

    Thanks so much for blogging about the conference. Hope you can make it – it would be great to have you.

    Brian S. Friedlander

  2. Great Blog. You attention to detail and ease in creating organized mapping systems will catapult you to being a leading force in the mind mapping world.

  3. Chance Brown says:

    Thanks Carlos. And congrats on your new website! You are truly positioned to take Conflict Coaching to the next level! To your success!

  4. Chuck Frey says:

    Chance, welcome to the community of visual mappers! Considering that your blog was launched only 3 short weeks ago, you’re off to a very strong start with some terrific content. Keep up the great work!

    Best Regards,

    Chuck Frey

  5. Chance Brown says:

    Thanks Chuck for the positive feedback on my blog. I consider you one of the Mindmapping Thought Leaders, so it means a lot coming from you! Thank you for all your work to expand the awareness of mindmapping – both as a business and personal tool. Also thank you for your latest eBooks on Mindmapping. They both are great contributions to the Visual Mapping Industry. – Chance

  6. HeyStephanie says:

    Wow Chance, your blog has a lot of great information. I’m going to have to add it to my list of blogs that I read. I’d like to hear more about how mindmapping is a successful tool for you in your career.

    Perhaps you can grace us with a guest post at HeyStephanie.com so we can learn more about you – how does that sound?


  7. Elizabeth says:


    Your blog is fantastic. You are undoubtedly one of the newest up-and-coming thought leaders on Mind Mapping!

    I’d really like to get in touch with you regarding Mind Mapping software.
    Please drop me a line sometime!

    Kind regards,

  8. Chance Brown says:


    Thanks for the positive feedback. I’ll be in touch. —Chance

  9. Roy Grubb says:

    Hi Chance,

    What are your thoughts on hand-drawn mindmaps?

    Most of what I do is with computer-based ones, but for fun I have a directory of mindmaps with many that are hand-drawn. In the past few months I’ve come across just a few that really stand out and I’ve picked the five best hand-drawn mind mappers. Now I’m running a quick survey from my blog: http://www.topicscape.com/blog/2008/09/22/the-great-hand-drawn-mind-mappers-face-off/

    If you’re interested in joining in, please take a look at the examples, and then vote. I’d appreciate your opinion.

    Best wishes,

  10. Chance Brown says:

    Hello Roy:

    Thanks for the feedback. As for hand-drawn mindmaps, I actually wrote a post on my blog about it. In the post I stated, “There is no doubt that there are times when a hand-drawn map is the most practical thing to do. For example, when you are at a meeting and you don’t have your computer. Or you want to create your own personal work of art with your mindmap to help you associate and recall things in a particular way.” But overall, I think computer-based mindmaps give you more flexibility. Click Here for my post on the subject. —Chance

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  13. Peter Jones says:

    Hi Chance
    Great blog and examples and I look f/w to your tweets too (h2cm). I will add you to the visualization, diagram links at:


    or to my blog roll. Can you follow back too?

    You and your users may also find Hodges’ model of interest as a conceptual springboard for creativity, reflection and innovation:



    Best regards

  14. Chance says:

    Peter: Thanks for the positive feedback! I will make a point to follow you on Twitter. Thanks again. — Chance

  15. Wes Murray says:


    I’m still pretty new to mindmapping – especially electronically. Is there a mindmap available of all of the mindmapping resources? It seems ironic that with all the talk of visual thinking, very little of it is used to paint a picture of the available resources. Maybe I’m missing something.



  16. Chance Brown says:

    Hello Wes:

    I do not know of a mindmap that contains all of the available mindmapping resources. Perhaps that is something I might create at some point. But in the meantime, I would highly suggest taking a look at Chuck Frey’s blog (http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/). He does a fantastic job of providing a very comprehensive overview of the latest mindmapping software. —Chance

  17. Tim says:

    Fabulous site! – thanks for including so many resources on mindmapping. I’ve been interested in MMing for a while, but I’m only now beginning to try it on a daily basis. I had two questions:

    1. This first question is about blogging…
    I noticed you recently switched to a new URL. Is that because you moved from wordpress’ free hosting to a paid hosting plan? Could you briefly explain the process you went through to do that, and if you had any problems? – thanks!

    2. About MindMapping
    I’d love to take a paragraph of text and have a software app convert it into a draft mind map that I could then edit. Any ideas on whether something like that exists?

    Thanks again.

  18. Chance Brown says:

    Hello Tim:

    Thanks for you comments. Regarding your first question on blogging, the answer is yes. I switched my URL from the wordpress free site to a paid hosting plan. The paid plan gives me more flexibility and features with WordPress. Additionally, it made my URL shorter and easier for people to remember (and type). As for the process of moving it over to the hosted site, I had someone do it for me. Though I would suggest getting a good hosting site that allows you to manage files easily on an ongoing basis. I use BlueHost.com. They’re a great site that allows you manage your WordPress files seamlessly. So, after the technical move I was good to go.

    Regarding your second question, I am not aware of a program that can convert a paragraph of text into a mindmap. But I do know that MindManager 8 converts mindmaps into detailed Microsoft Word outlines. There are two mindmapping bloggers I suggest you contact as they might know of a program that coverts paragraphs to mindmaps – that’s Chuck Frey at http://mindmappingsoftwareblog.com/ and Dr. Brian Friedlander at http://assistivetek.blogspot.com/. Both are very knowledgeable about the latest mindmapping software.

  19. Hi
    I am following an instructional course (online) and I am engaged in educational field. When I went through the blogs related to my field ,I came across your blog.Wow! Your blog has a lot of great informations.I have added it to my blog also.
    This blog helps me to diagramatically illustrate concepts,thoughts,relationships and associations related to my subject to the students of mine.They easy to follow up by the students. Because unlike the other techniques mind mapping allows not only simultaneous organisation of complex relationships ,but also a concise focused model of a central idea.It can be also used in presentations to get a clear idea about a concept to the audience.
    As you mentioned this online resource helps others to leverage the power of mind mapping.
    It is informative and very helpful.

  20. Hi Chance.

    I thought you might be interested in a project I’ve been working on:
    the CityNewsGlobe.

    This software is a new way of browsing international news. By focusing
    on cities and highlighting places where news is increasing, this
    software highlights news differently than what you might see on CNN.
    The idea is to leave users with a real sense of what is happening *all
    over* the world.


    I’m curious what you think of it.


  21. Chance Brown says:

    Ian: Sounds very interesting. I’ll check it out and get back to you. Thanks for sharing. —Chance

  22. Maureen says:

    Hi Chance and Tim:

    Tim: Comapping has a function called Map from Document which builds a map from external content (website, file, etc.). It’s very raw, but has an interesting future.

    Chance: What a great blog, just found it (courtesy of Vic Gee’s site). Too much to read on a lunch break!

    — Maureen

  23. Chance Brown says:

    Hey Maureen:

    Thanks for the positive feedback! I appreciate it.

    Also, Thank you Vic for sharing my blog with Maureen. —Chance

  24. kris says:

    Hi! Your blog is great! I blog about accounting mindmaps. Can we excahnge links? I already added yours in my blog. Hope to hear from you!

    Thanks so much!

  25. kris says:

    I really hope you can write me a short article one day. Thanks so much! More power!

  26. Chance Brown says:

    Hey Kris:

    Thanks for the positive feedback. I took a look a your site and you’ve got some nice mindmaps there. I’ll add your site’s link to my blog. Have a great day!

  27. […] attached mind map of the quadrants was originally authored in MindManager from Mindjet by Chance Brown and published […]

  28. Jonathan says:

    Hi Chance,

    I really enjoy what you do on your site, your blog is a really powerful tool that makes MindManager easy to understand and greatly enhances its applications.
    I was hoping you would be willing to write a short article regarding a MindManager project pack I have developed. Its been running for some time and a new version is due to be out soon. If you flick me an email I can provide you with free access to the premium edition.
    Many thanks and look forward to making use of your blog in the future. You provide extremely helpful and insightful information.


  29. Chance Brown says:

    Hello John:

    Thanks for the positive feedback on my blog. Send over the pack. I will certainly take a look at it. Thanks. –Chance

  30. Todd Lohenry says:

    Chance, your content is superb but your site is butt ugly! I’d apply a professional theme if I were you. I’m just sayin’…

  31. Chance Brown says:

    Thanks for the feedback Todd. I might change the theme at some point. But for now I’m okay with it being plain and the content being the focus. Kinda like the Google site – a simple search box and lots of white space. Can’t get any simpler than that. Yet, everyone goes there. There are a lot of slick sites on the Internet, but a lot of them are just slick sites with very little substance. But with that said, I may change the theme at some point. But it’s not a priority.

  32. Ed says:

    Hi Chance,

    Sweet blog! Curious, do you know of any web based mind mapping software that allows you to share a public link to your mind-map that anyone with the link can freely edit using the online mind-mapping tool? I was looking at Mindmeister, but I’m not sure their software allows that. I’d especially like to find something that is dead simple to use.



  33. Josh Henderson says:

    I wanted to know your advertising rates please? I need to buy some links for a bunch
    of clients, so if you could give me a discount for buying more than one link that
    would be great.
    I need blog roll or site wide links, including on the homepage.


    Josh Henderson

  34. Steve says:

    Hi Chance,

    Thanks for your great attribution. This is a wonderful blog for learning mind mapping software. I appreciate the method and software you’v advised.

    I believe, as an expert in mind mapping domain, you should have hear the mind mapping software–XMind, the open source software. As a free software for lots of common users, it has redesigned for many times and hold some exclusive features.

    Now, XMind 2012 has been released. No matter for supporting mind mapping method or business cooperation.I believe we should have a talk.
    Please contact me any time, you convenient.
    Best regards

  35. Tommy says:

    Hi Chance, I like the blog it has a nice clean look to it… …and yet, no mind maps to be seen on the homepage! I do think that every mind map blog should have at least one mind map on it!

  36. Chance Brown says:

    Thanks for your comments on the site. As for mindmaps on the site. Since 2008 I have featured many mindmaps on the site. Do a search on various topics and you will learn about many mindmaps on a variety of topics. —Chance

  37. Raphaela says:

    Hi Chance,

    Just wanted to let you know that we’ve added your blog to the resources page of our new mind map training (http://bit.ly/1stbnQV) Keep up the good work!


  38. Chance Brown says:

    Thanks Raphaela! I appreciate it! I’ll definitely check out the training. —Chance

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