Guru: popular expert
Trustworthy: honest, positive, believable
Honest: sincere, blunt, tactful, ingenious
Enthusiastic: fun, positive, encouraging
Brilliant: intense, expert
I have been searching the world wide web, scouring blogs, and tediously sifting through pinterest pins since the end of January (when I had to spend countless hours passing time bedside with my NICU newborn baby boy) for the perfect person to act as my blog mentor. I was too picky. My budget was defined, but my blog was a mess. My brain was a mess (due to circumstances, I don’t think anyone can argue as to why), and my strengths were questioned. I had to sit down and define what I needed a blog mentor to be: guru, trustworthy, honest, enthusiastic, and brilliant. I had to sit down and define my ultimate goal: to work from home and create a sustainable income. And, I had to decide on my strengths and weaknesses: my voice and my marketing.
Questions to Ask:
- What is your weakest subject in blogging?
Writing? Grammar? Marketing? Photography?
Find an expert in that area.
- What is your passion?
How to Monetize? How to attract viewers? How to create relationships
Find that expert.
- Where do you want to be?
Full time income? Sharing goodies to the world? Helping others with something?
Find someone who is where you want to go.
In June, after 5-1/2 months of daily reserach, God sent me Daniela Uslan, chief writer at danielauslan.com, who recently published a fifteen day blog make over challenge. I first came across Daniela when I accidentally found her original post How to Write a Year’s Worth of Blog Topics. Daniela is a library, her head filled to near capacity with all of the resources a beginning blogger could ever dream to learn.
Halfway through the challenge, I approached Daniela about a mentorship. I tried to read one article on her blog every 2-3 days, digest it, and review one that I have already read. Repetition helps us reap the benefits… right? So, plugging away at research for hours on end… I sheepishly crafted my Facebook message. Professional, right? [ I really need to work on marketing myself! Next task to research! ] Anyway…. she messaged me back almost immediately, and to my surprise she agreed! She emailed over some terms and options almost immediately.
The first part of our mentorship was a phone call that lasted about an hour and a half. Say what? My guru? My blog know-it-all care about little ‘ol me for an hour and a half of her precious day? Yup! Daniela truly cares about my blog and I. Never once did I feel pushed, cheated, rushed, or belittled. Literally, no question was dumb… even though I know some were 😉 She craves for my success as much as I yearn for my own. She is passionate that I, too, will succeed. That is the type of mentor I want and need. I need someone in my life who wants what I want seemingly just as much as I want it, and more importantly, can help me arrive at my final goal.