Bloggers Will Be Helping Bloggers at #FinCon13 – BHB Exclusive Mentoring Program
This is a quick post from Jana of Bloggers Helping Bloggers.
If you’ve been floating around the financial blogosphere, you might have noticed a logo for Bloggers Helping Bloggers in the sidebars or the footers of a number of sites (including this one).
The reason behind this is that they are participants in a new and unique program–Bloggers Helping Bloggers, or BHB. BHB is an online mentoring program I founded in August 2012 with the intention of pairing veteran and new bloggers together for one on one mentoring and coaching.
I promise it’s more exciting than it sounds. Some great relationships and collaborations have come out of the program, with more on the horizon.
We’ve been very fortunate thus far with mentee enrollment and mentor participation (I should probably add here that the esteemed and mohawked J. Money from Budgets Are Sexy joined as my partner in November 2012), with approximately 40 pairs having worked together since the program began.
And now, thanks to FinCon’s founding father, Phil “PT Money” Taylor (it’s okay if you read that in a boxing announcer’s voice. I did), Bloggers Helping Bloggers is coming to FinCon13. And we want you to participate.
But why should you? With FinCon as busy as it is, and so much to learn and do, why should you add something else to the agenda? Here are 6 reasons:
- If you’re a mentee, it provides a chance to have face to face, one on one conversations with successful, prolific, and knowledgeable bloggers. Or, if you fall on the mentor side of things, the chance to help an up and coming blogger.
- Networking with bloggers outside of your typical circle. While having your crew is extremely important, branching out is always a good thing. You never know who you are going to meet or what kind of relationship you’re going to form.
- The ability to ask very pointed, specific questions. This works for mentors and mentees. Mentees can ask all the questions they want, as can mentors. Sometimes new bloggers have skills that experienced bloggers do not and are very willing to share. But they might be afraid to speak up. A mentoring forum provides the environment to discuss those skills without the pressure of public speaking.
- You’ll be in good company. Past and current participants include Flexo from Consumerism Commentary, Jim Wang from Bargaineering, J. Money (he’s not only a partner but a participant, too), Tonya from Budget and the Beach, Catherine from Plunged in Debt, Cait from Blonde on a Budget and dozens of others. And, if you participate, you’ll get a really cool button for your blog.
- It won’t take away from the other sessions. While complete details haven’t been worked out, BHB shouldn’t interfere with the breakout or keynote sessions. I know how many good sessions there are and I don’t want this to take anyone away from those. So, we’re going to have an introductory session and then, each pair will decide when, where, and for how long to meet. The program is there to enhance the FinCon experience, not detract from it.
- You’re not committing to the program for any time other than at FinCon. While a typical program session runs about 6-8 weeks, this one is a one-off program, designed specifically for the conference. You are not committing yourself to the program beyond the days of FinCon and we promise not to harass you afterwards (except for a feedback survey).
So that’s the pitch. We really hope you’ll join us as either a mentor or mentee. We promise it’ll not only be fun, but worth the time you put in.
If you want to learn more about the program, check out our website.
#FinCon13 attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for BHB with ticket registration on March 5th!