I’m regularly asked if I have a blogging mentor or coach – or if I’d consider being one for someone else.
I’ve never had a formal coach or mentor myself although there have been plenty of people who have given me advice along the way. I have not offered any kind of coaching service for many years as I found I could be more helpful to more people by writing content here on ProBlogger than working 1 on 1 with people.
But that doesn’t mean it’s not an interesting discussion for us all!
Have you had a Blogging Mentor or Coach?
If so – I’d love it if you could spare a moment or two to answer any or all of the following questions:
- How did you find them?
- Was it a paid experience or a free one?
- Was it an ongoing or short term experience?
- Was it to help you with a specific issue or more general in nature?
- What were the main benefits of the experience?
Over the years, I’ve come across quite a few bloggers who have had coaches and mentors and their experiences have been mixed.
Some of the best examples I’ve seen have been ‘peer’ mentoring experiences, where a group of bloggers band together – often around an email list or a private Facebook group – to share and learn from one another.
Also, I know of a number of bloggers who have used mentors/coaches to help them with specific problems/challenges and it’s been to great effect. For example, one blogger I know hired a coach to help them walk through creating and launching their first eBook and another who hired someone to help them design an editorial calendar.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one!