Calling All Bloggers! A Roundtable on Mentors

A couple years ago, I participated in a blogging round table at HoneyAndLance.com and I thought it was one of the coolest ideas I’d seen. So, I hope my friends there won’t mind if I borrow (heavily) from their call-for-posts post. WorkLoveLife is hosting a round table. The subject is mentors. Any blogger can participate, but a few of you I’m contacting directly to make sure you do. Ahem.

How It Works

Write a post on the topic on your blog. I’m not curating the posts, there are no prizes or winners, and all posts are included in no particular order. If you do participate, please drop the link to your post in the comments section of this post. When all is said and done, I’ll post a round-up of everyone who participated with links to your blog posts on the subject. I think the rest of the participating bloggers would appreciate you spreading the link love on your blog, too, after I post the round-up.

I’ll be looking for your post to be up by next Monday, March 1.

Benefits

As my friends at HoneyAndLance pointed out, there are many benefits to participating:

1. Test out your writing chops.

2. By interlinking the posts everyone will pump up their pageranking and take advantage of search engine traffic. Having a keyword like “mentors” or “personal board of directors” could be popular, too, and give your post a long tail.

3. Drive our individual audiences to other blogs.

4. Read interesting and diverse perspectives.

To Get the Ideas Cranking

The mentorship round table topic was spawned from a single tweet I sent out last week.

It got a ton of response – more than I thought one sentence would get, but apparently it rings true for a lot of people. I got a bunch of replies from people who could relate, and it spurred a lot of online (and offline) conversations with friends about the nature of mentorship. I joke that it takes a board of directors to run my life. But you’ll have to read my post to find out more about that.

So, who are your mentors? What do you do when you outgrow a mentor? How do you find your mentors? What value is there in having a mentor? Do any of you think having a mentor is pointless? Are you a mentor to someone else? Tell us your story. Again, don’t forget to post your link in the comments!

I’m looking forward to hearing what you think.

40 Responses to “Calling All Bloggers! A Roundtable on Mentors”

  1. Matthew Egan says:

    Not to mention the SEO value! The more people who link to your blog, the ‘mo betta’ it will appear to Google and Bing. This is a win win, win win, win win, etc. Count me in. =)

  2. Lance says:

    I’ve been wanting to blog on this subject for awhile, great timing here. I’ll happily participate. Thanks for the shout out, btw.

  3. Hey Holly! Great topic, thanks for the round-table. Got me thinking about current and past mentor relationships. My post is below!

    http://reclaimorder.wordpress.com/

  4. Dave Q. says:

    Wow. Current and past mentors, huh? I’ve never really put much thought into it. But now that the wheels start turning, it could be a good discussion post. I’m in.

  5. Matthew Egan says:

    This is scheduled to run tomorrow, but I just finished my response. It was fun to think about and I think it has me wondering if I’ve been a good student to my mentors.

    Read about how much of a headache I was to MY mentors. =)
    http://www.imagefreedom.com/blog/2010/02/25/who-are-your-mentors/

  6. [...] has been inspired by Holly Hoffman (@HollyHoffman on Twitter) of Neovia Solutions.  Holly put out a call to all bloggers about their mentor experiences and I invite you to share your own.  Thank you for [...]

  7. Hani says:

    Wow! This is exciting! What about videos? Do they count?

  8. Holly Hoffman says:

    We take all kinds around these parts. I think a video would be awesome.

  9. [...] has been inspired by Holly Hoffman (@HollyHoffman on Twitter) of Neovia Solutions. Holly put out a call to all bloggers about their mentor experiences and I invite you to share your own. Thank you for reading. [...]

  10. [...] Twitter conversation about moving on from a mentor or friend, which has now been turned into a mentorship round-table by the lovely Holly Hoffman.  What really intrigues me about this and what prompted me to write [...]

  11. Steve Errey says:

    Hi folks, good to be a part of this. I’ve just published my post in the round table – Moving on From a Mentor or Friend.

    http://theconfidenceguyonline.com/2010/02/moving-mentor-friend/

    I’ve looked at this from a slightly different angle, looking squarely at Holly’s original tweet and the ripples from that.

    Looking forward to your thoughts & opinions!

  12. Jun Loayza says:

    Hey Holly, here is my post: http://www.junloayza.com/philosophy/i-dont-need-a-mentor/

    It’ll be live Monday at 7am EST.

    Look forward to the discussion that will follow.

    - Jun

  13. Ryan Paugh says:

    Cool idea Holly, definitely got me thinking. Here’s a link to my post …

    http://ryanpaugh.com/mentors/

  14. Love the concept! You caught me in the middle of a series on one blog and a rebuild on another. I’ve got the post just about written, but it won’t be up until closer to the end of this week. In the meantime, I’m gonna check out all the other posts. Thanks!

  15. Steph Auteri says:

    Love it! This post is going live at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow:

    http://www.freelancedom.com/2010/03/01/6-ways-to-find-your-next-mentor/

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

  16. Great idea Holly :)

    Here’s my post: http://www.owlsparks.com/advice/the-golden-rules-of-mentorship/

    Going live Monday at 8 am EST.

  17. [...] Advice, Education, listening, potential Holly Hoffman is having a round-up table on mentors at her blog Work Love Life. This is my entry on the [...]

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  19. [...] has been inspired by Holly Hoffman (@HollyHoffman on Twitter) of Neovia Solutions.  Holly put out a call to all bloggers about their mentor experiences and I invite you to share your own.  Thank you for reading. If you [...]

  20. Jess says:

    Loved the idea… This is my very first time participating in anything like this.

    Thanks for including me!

    http://renewabelle.com/2010/03/of-mentors-and-countrypeople/

    Keep on rockin’, Holly!

  21. Thank you Holly . . . I am honored to be included in this amazing group!

    http://www.carolkiphart.com/mentors/

  22. Hi Holly,
    What a great idea. Thanks for initiating it. I just posted my entry.
    http://WWW.MelissaMarksGarner.com

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  24. Chris Silk says:

    Holly, thank you for the great writing prompt. I really needed a night of writing about something off my beaten path! Great fun! Hope it isn’t too wordy!

    http://www.sbuxdrama.com/2010/03/what-i-learned-from-my-mentor.html

  25. Holly,

    Sorry I’m getting this to you a little late, but I hope I can still get in on the round table. GREAT idea btw!

    http://saragreeneyes.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-first-blogging-round-table-mentors.html

  26. [...] After I responded to her tweet, another fellow blogger, Steve Errey, did too. So all three of us connected on Twitter and then Holly suggested that we bring this the topic of mentors to a bigger Blogger Round Table in which we post own thoughts on mentors on our own blogs and then share our thoughts by linking back to our post in the comments on Holly’s Blog WorkLoveLife. [...]

  27. Thanks again for putting this together Holly! It was a pleasure to be a part of such a great group of bloggers. May Twitter and blogs inspire us like this again in the future. ;)

    here’s my post: http://christophercatania.com/2010/03/02/blogger-round-table-are-mentors-just-a-myth/

  28. [...] ps This post is in reply to Holly Hoffman’s Roundtable on Mentors. [...]

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  30. [...] in under the wire, this is my contribution to Holly’s Mentor Roundtables [...]

  31. Jenny Blake says:

    Hey Holly!

    I’m a little late to post – sorry about that! I hope all is well with you :)

    On Generosity and Gold Dust: Lessons From a Mentor
    http://www.lifeaftercollege.org/blog/2010/02/25/on-generosity-and-gold-dust-lessons-from-a-mentor-giveaway-of-her-book/

  32. I am bummed that I did not have time to do a post for this, but maybe you’ll accept an older one I wrote. I will definitely link to all the round-up posts if it’s accepted!

    http://blog.monicaobrien.com/get-keep-mentor/

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