Bloggers Helping Bloggers Recap

I’d like to take a bit of a break from the boring financial stuff to talk about Bloggers Helping Bloggers.

bhb-badgeI recently went through the BHB program, and I have to say it was extremely helpful. BHB connects experienced bloggers with up-and-coming writers. Like the name suggests, the experienced bloggers help newbies improve their sites and figure out how to build a successful blog (whatever that might mean to the mentee in question).

If you visited my site more than a few months ago, you’ve probably noticed some changes, and those are a direct result of help from my mentor. For example,

  • It looks a lot better (there are snappier sites out there I realize, but at least it doesn’t look like 1994 anymore)
  • The content might be a bit less dry
  • I have important pages and links (in easy-to-find places) that were previously missing
  • Social pages have a more consistent and attractive look
  • Numerous other things that I can’t remember right now

My mentor was J. Money, who is best known for Budgets are $exy, but is involved with a number of great online projects. I can say without any hesitation that he was extremely helpful, not to mention the fact that he’s just a good guy. He has seen countless beginners build and improve sites, and it shows. How exactly did he help?

  • He took the time to understand my goals for the site, and helped me move towards those goals
  • He gave me good, actionable, and specific ideas on ways to improve the site – things that were effortless for him to identify but would have taken me months (or forever) to figure out
  • He helped me understand what I can prioritize and what I can leave as “good enough” for now (there are only 24 hours in a day, you know…)
  • He helped me get a feel for how best to grow traffic, which I haven’t necessarily put the time into, but I know exactly where to direct my efforts when I’m ready
  • He challenged me to do things in new and better ways
  • He even took on the monumental task of helping me add more “voice” to my site. I have certain strengths, but a lively writing style is not one of them (so don’t blame him if it still reads like a chemistry textbook at times – I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m on my way)

I realize that there are other mentors in the BHB program, and I have no doubt that they also do great things for their mentees. No matter who you work with, you can expect all of the above and more. Jana, who runs BHB, has been doing this for a while, and I get the sense that she has a knack for matching mentor/mentee pairs in the most beneficial way (for example, after falling asleep reading my content, it was probably clear that I could benefit from working with J. Money, whose writing is much more entertaining and personable).

If you’re interested in mentoring or being mentored, be sure to visit the Bloggers Helping Bloggers page and sign up. There is a minimal, minimal cost to participate, but it is well worth it. If you’re a PF blogger I know you hate wasting money; I can assure you that you won’t waste a penny. By the way, I don’t get anything from BHB or J. Money for saying all of this – I already got a ton of value from participating in the program. I also like Jana and J. Money, and I want to thank them by saying nice things about their awesome work.

Just in case I haven’t made it clear: this is an amazing opportunity to learn from somebody who really knows what they’re doing. The mentors are all successful bloggers, and they’ve got a lot on their plates – but they’re willing to spend time with you to help you out. How cool is that?

So if you want to step things up on your site, go over to BlogMentoring.com and get signed up. You’ll thank yourself later.

Comments

  1. Aww, well I’m glad you got a lot out of it my man. It’s easy helping someone who’s eager to learn, and more importantly – ACT afterwards! That’s the hardest part at the end of the day. We can give advice till the cows come home, but you have to do the dirty work and put it into action ;) And I couldn’t have asked for a better mentee. It was a pleasure!

  2. What a fine way to get assistance or to pay it forward! Thanks for the info and have a tasty one!!

  3. Thanks for the great write up! Glad you enjoyed the program and we able to get a lot out of it! Hope you’ll join us again as a mentor sometime :)

    • FeelingFinancial says:

      Hi Jana, thanks again for making it all happen! I would indeed like to try it from the other side as a mentor sometime.

  4. I am glad I heard about this. I am a new pf blogger too and I shall do this. Would you recommend doing this even though I’ve only been blogging for 3 months or would you recommend to wait a little bit?

    • FeelingFinancial says:

      Hi Lee, I’m glad you heard about it too! I don’t know whether or not 3 months is a good time to do it – I bet Jana could give you a better answer – but it seems like as good a time as any. Start out strong… I think as long as you’re actively working on your site you’d get something out of it. You might also have to wait a month (or more) for spots to open up, so getting the ball rolling isn’t a bad idea.

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