Thank you so much for your interest in joining Bloggers Helping Bloggers as a mentor! We’re excited to have you join the ranks of Luke Landes from Consumerism Commentary, J. Money from Budgets are Sexy , and Phil Taylor from PT Money (and founder of FinCon), as esteemed mentors.
But you’re probably wondering what you need to do. We’ve put together a list of some commonly asked questions with their answers that should help get you started. If you still have questions, you can always contact us.
How do I sign up?
You sign up by sending us an email letting us know you’re interested. Make sure to include your name, blog URL, and the fact that you’d like to be a mentor. We’ll send you some additional information once we hear from you.
How do I know if I’m qualified?
Well, that’s really up to you. If you think you have the knowledge to teach a new blogger and guide him/her through the ins and outs of getting a blog off the ground, along with assisting areas such as blog/life balance, SEO, and monetization, then you can mentor. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been blogging; if you feel you know enough to teach another blogger, then you can mentor!
Is there a limit on how many people can be a mentor?
As of now, no. We are always in need of good, quality, dedicated mentors.
How many mentees will I have?
Right now, we are aiming for a one to one ratio. Some mentors, should they choose, can take on more than one mentee but we will only do that if the mentor is willing.
How will I communicate with my mentee?
We are aware that some mentors are very particular about their privacy and do not wish to give out certain information. We’re fine with that. You and your mentee can communicate in any method that you’re comfortable with: email, gchat, IM, Skype…anything that works best for the two of you.
What kind of time commitment is involved?
We’re asking that you devote at least one hour per week to work with your mentee. You can choose to do more but we feel that any less isn’t really productive. You can break the hour up into any way you’d like: 15 minutes a day for 4 days, 2 half-hour chats, daily emails…it’s up to you how to use that time.
What will I get out of the program?
While mentors may not receive the same tangible benefits as the mentees, mentors do take away something from participation. For instance, guiding a new blogger often reminds veteran bloggers why they started blogging in the first place. Helping a new blogger achieve his goals feels good. Working with a new blogger to better his site is a reminder to review the bones of your site. Mentoring can expand your own blogging network. And, oftentimes, mentors can learn something from their mentees.
There will also be opportunities to share your wisdom through workshops and promote services and products you’ve designed. It’s also a good way to do that volunteering we all say we want to do more of!
If you want to hear what others had to say about their involvement, be sure to check out the testimonials.