Do You Need a Blog Mentor?
Yesterday I was talking to one of my clients, the uber-talented Patricia Raybon, about building an online presence and using blogging and social networking to build a platform (all the things we’ve been discussing on the blog lately). She said she’d been reading all the recommended websites about blogging, and even got the book Blogging for Dummies. But it all still seemed so overwhelming. Can you relate? I think many people feel this way.
Patricia said, “I’d love to be able to work closely with a cyber counselor – that’s what I call it, anyway. Someone who could work with me, step by step, as I’m starting my blog and trying other social networking. Someone to talk me through designing my blog – not just the look of it, but the concept behind it – then help me get it up and running.”.”
I said, “You mean like a blogging mentor?”
We talked about it for awhile and I realized, a cyber-counselor is a GREAT idea (not to mention that I think we coined a couple of great terms, blog mentor and cyber counselor). People who’d be perfect at this are those who are already published authors, are successful bloggers, and already run some kind of editorial or consulting service where they work with authors. They could expand their businesses to include counseling authors in building an online platform.
Of course, the downside for authors needing this kind of service is that it will cost. Many writers won’t be able to afford a service like this. But… many people can afford it, especially those who work full time, plus write books, and don’t have the extra time needed to teach themselves all the ins and outs of blogging and social networking. This kind of person may have more money than time available, and might well benefit from working with a blogging mentor.
I put out a call on Twitter for blogging mentors and got a few responses. Here are some you might look into:
In addition, you could click on the websites of the editors listed on my Freelance Editors page. Many of them are published authors and successful bloggers as well as writing consultants, so they’re used to working with authors and could probably expand into blog-mentoring.
If YOU are (1) a published author, (2) a successful blogger, (3) already running a consulting business, and (4) would be willing to be a cyber counselor for authors, here’s your chance to leave your name and contact information in the comments.
Hope this helps!
Rachelle Gardner, Christian Literary Agent, Colorado