Today I launched a buddy-system for bloggers at the Blog Tribe. And the response has been amazing.
Lots of experienced bloggers have signed up as Mentors. Tech execs, programmers, writers, career counselors, marketeers, people who ran BBS' in the old days, academics, authors and consultants. Located in SF, Seattle, New York, DC, England, Germany, France or Argentina? You want help in French, German, Japanese or Spanish? We've got it. Heck, I could even wrestle up an Estonian if need be.
The Buddies who seek to be matched with Mentors are a diverse group as well, and the initial matching will be manual. As expected, we have more Mentors than Buddies initially, as it will take time to reach out to new people, especially in the Ryze community. We all have a friend who we would like or think should start a weblog. Here's your chance to tell them about a new resource (real people) to help them get it going. Have them email me to connect.
Back when I was a Boy Scout camp counselor we used the buddy system for teaching swimming. Nobody in the pool without a buddy. And when the wistle blew and we yelled "BUDDY CHECK" everyone was supposed to hold their buddy's hand high. That way, less people were unaccounted for, let alone drowned. Strength in numbers, one at a time.