Back in 2011, Diana Kimball launched a digital mentoring movement.
She called it /mentoring — as in, yourwebsite.com/mentoring — and she hoped that, one day, it might become as common to every site as an About page.
“Anyone can be a part of /mentoring,” she writes. “All it takes is a few lines of text on your own website, blog, or other profile, expressing your openness to mentoring and offering a specific invitation to get in touch.”
.. And that brings us to today, because taking part in this movement is precisely what I’ve decided to do.
I’ve had the good fortune to have had many great experiences in my life, but without the people who guided, supported, questioned, and encouraged me along the way, these experiences simply would not have happened.
As a result, I’d love to share what I’ve learned with anyone who’s interested in pursuing a similar path. If that’s you, please don’t hesitate to send me an email with any questions you might have.
Topics might include:
– Walking away from a path that’s no longer working for you. (I left business school more than two years into a four-year degree.)
– Pursuing your passion. (After exhausting a long list of potential careers, I finally realized that, hey, maybe it is okay for me to follow my dreams and become a writer.)
– The value of long-term travel and/or studying abroad. (The two summers I spent living in Montreal provided me with some of the most formative experiences of my life, and the travelling I’ve done since then has been no exception.)
– Running a successful newsletter. (I first launched The Sunday Letters in May of 2016. Since then, it has grown to be read by thousands of readers in over 42 countries around the world.)
Start by telling me a little bit about yourself, and then let me know how I can be of help. You can get in touch with me directly via email@example.com.
I’ll respond to each of the /mentoring emails I receive within one week. ♥
Spreading the word
Unfortunately, the official /mentoring movement came to an end shortly after it began. Today, only a handful of pages remain.
For those interested in launching their own /mentoring pages, then, I’ve included some of the most helpful resources I used when developing my page below.
– /mentoring on GitHub
– Remaining pages: Wesley Beary, Coby Chapple, David Cole, Michael Galpert, Rachel Leow, David Noël, Carl Tashian
– Thoughts on establishing a successful mentorship: Ian McAllister for Forbes
From what I can tell, the /mentoring movement was very much an open-source community, and it is in this same spirit of openness that I’ll be taking part myself. As a result, please feel free to use and/or modify the information on this page for other /mentoring pages as you see fit.
“The purpose of /mentoring is to get people to essentially hang their sign out that they are open to mentoring. No need to wonder or ask, they’re announcing to the world that they are willing to help others and will provide their time and thoughts to those who seek guidance in the areas that the mentor has established they have experience in.” – Roz Duffy