10 Signs You’re a Creative Coach, Not a Blogger

Signs You're a Creative Coach Not a Blogger

Every day, 117 bloggers* across the world realize they’re not really bloggers, rather, they realize they’re not only bloggers. It’s not some sudden, startling realization. It creeps up on you, but it means a world of change for how you approach your blog and your business.

*That’s an actual statistic y’all. And by actual, I mean that I actually just made it up.

A blogger is someone who blogs. (Genius, I know.) Just like a runner is someone who runs. Being a blogger doesn’t stop you from also being a small business owner, or a creative consultant, or a cat magician (that’s literally all that popped into my head). But, if you think you’re a blogger, you might not realize you’re also a creative coach or that you’re actually engaging in consulting.

Have no fear, friends. There are some pretty obvious signs I’ve seen and experienced over and over that will help you determine if you are in fact creative coaching along with all that blogging.

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10 Signs You’re Crazy Like Me a Creative Coach Disguised as a Blogger

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1. Your readers ask you questions, constantly. And some questions are beyond the scope of your blog posts.

This means they consider you an expert, an excellent resource, and someone they can go to for any questions in your industry/area. This also means your building up trust with your readers. That is crazy valuable.

Other similar signs: Your friends have deemed you the go-to expert on whatever you blog about and constantly ask questions or send people your way. Or, you’ve always been the advice giver and counselor of your friend groups.

2. You find yourself researching your craft or topic more and more and more and.

If in a 24-hour time period, you’ve ever lost 3 hours to Pinterest, 4 hours to Interweb research, and 2 hours shopping for related books on Amazon, you are obsessed.

3. You get a lot of joy out of helping people out with things you’re interested in.

Like, a lot a lot of joy. You get excited. You get research-y. You do it for free. You do it and smile.

4. You find it simple and fun to explain how to do things you love.

For some reason, when you sit down and map it all out, it just comes naturally. Your words flow + people learn. Hint: If people constantly compliment you on how useful your blog posts or other pieces of content are, that means you do a good job + make a good coach.

5. Your digital + desk life have become a bit of a mess, because:

  • There’s no more memory on your phone due to all the pictures and notes you added related to your passion.
  • You haven’t turned off your computer in three weeks because you have so many active tabs + programs open.
  • You’re embarrassed when anyone sitting next to you at the coffee shop sees how many files are on your desktop.
  • You have so many ideas and projects written down in so many different notebooks, you don’t know where to begin.

6. Your brain quite literally won’t stop.

You can’t turn off the creativity, thirst for knowledge, or flow of ideas. So much so that you:

  • forgot to feed your kid and/or watch your favorite TV show
  • haven’t fallen asleep quickly in a month or more because your brain stays up scheming

7. If you wrote a book right now, it would be about your blog topic. Also, if you mapped it out, you’d realize you have enough knowledge to write a book or create a course on it.

This makes you an expert on your topic, by the way –> someone with enough knowledge to write a book, or teach, or simplify and organize information in such a way that others benefit.

8. You want to say yes to every niche project or client/advice-seeker who comes your way.

Don’t do it. But it’s fun to have that many options you’re excited about. You have to be wise about saying “yes,” because mini-burnouts will come and decrease your creativity and desire for your blog and coaching business.

9. Someone has offered to, or is willing to, pay you for your expertise.

One of the most obvious signs of all.

10. You haven’t stopped nodding your head “yes” or feeling excited about what you do since you started reading this post.

. . . and now that you’ve discovered you’re a creative coach, what should you do?

Make a plan. If you feel that you’d enjoy coaching people in your area of expertise, make a plan. You’ll want to start releasing more targeted and useful content; you’ll want to make sure your focus is adding value to your readers.

I wrote a post on How to Start a Creative Coaching Business You Love (oh, and it’s pretty in depth, so grab a soy chai latte) to help you begin to plan your new business. There’s a lot of work to be done, but it will be rewarding if you truly love to teach, help + coach.

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What do you think? Might you be a creative coach or consultant? Do you think you’d enjoy writing books, creating tutorials, teaching classes, or personally coaching people? Any obvious signs you’d add to my list? Let me know!

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P.S. You can also join us in the e-course, Build Your Creative Coaching Business {from scratch} if you’re up for it.

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33 Responses to 10 Signs You’re a Creative Coach, Not a Blogger

  1. Hi again. Yeah… this sounds like me. I’m always doing soul searching to see how I can channel my energy and my passion (and which one) into something more concrete. This is a really inspirational and thought provoking post, Regina!

    I currently have 16 tabs open across 3 instances of Google Chrome. And I wake up at 6am every morning ready to get to work, sans alarm. I’m totally crazy like you.

    • regina says:

      Jennifer, I appreciate that. Thank you for commenting.

      Yeah, Chrome has been getting mad at me lately and acting up a bit. Perhaps because it doesn’t like having 71 tabs open. Excuse me, Chrome.

  2. Julie Durand says:

    I wasn’t sure I would identify with these since I haven’t considered myself a real blogger since the actual number of published posts I have is so low.. But, I saw myself in ALL of these, especially 5 & 6 LOL! Interested & very intrigued by your class…Great information, as always!

    • regina says:

      Haha, I can imagine you with #5 and #6. I’m #3, 4, and 5 all day. Thanks for commenting Julie. I’m really excited about that class. It’s one of those, “What would I want to do/see/research/etc. if I was s pivoting and staring coaching right now for the first time?” kinda things.

      So many worksheets and lots of adult homework!

  3. Courtney says:

    Regina, how did you get in my head??? Have you been following me in secret, dutifully noting how my house is littered with my “idea” notebooks everywhere? Or how my kitchen table has turned into my office, so me and the hubs have to eat on the couch? Or how I can never send a short reply to all my reader emails, I have to dig deeper with them, and get all “research-y”, asking them about their goals so I can brainstorm ways to help? Or how my mom, dad, best friend, AND coworkers regularly refer women I’ve never even met to my blog for advice? How did you know I would be grinning and nodding “yes” all the way to sign #10??? Ah, you are a mind reader! And this is awesome; I am a creative coach! Who would have thought! So exciting…but what do I now?

    • regina says:

      Haha. I love this Courtney. Oh my goodness though, your blog is filled with golden nuggets EVERYWHERE. Wow. I relate to your notebooks + kitchen table + outside referrals 100%.

      Okay. This is just the way i would tackle it if in your glorious position:

      1. Make a plan of attack that starts with some pivot planning (that link is to my most recent email to my list of sweet blog + biz friends). Those activities are some of the basics.

      2. Work on targeted profiles for your ideal readers and clients. You’ve already been serving them super well, but sometimes it helps to define things and look at everything logically.

      3. Figure out what your strongest social media platforms currently are and your best ways to reach people. Consider polling a few people (perhaps offer them a drawing to an Amazon e-gift card as an incentive if it’s an in-depth survey?) and finding out what types of content they would like to see more of, what their biggest concerns or pain points are, what they want more of in life, what they want less of, how they like to learn or consume info., etc. Just have in mind the types of stuff your readers want and what they lack because this will show you what people are willing to pay for.

      4. Maybe check out my post on How to Start a Creative Coaching Business You Love. Ugh. Could go all day on this stuff. Honestly I probably started offering my classes as much for me as for anyone else. It got to the point where I was so consumed by this stuff that I had to organize it and share it.

      Thank you for stopping by Courtney and thanks for commenting. I’d love to see what you decide to do!

  4. Tess says:

    oh my god yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!!! I have been thinking for a while about coaching and realised that more and more my posts are heading towards explaining how I overcame things rather than just offering the story. I still find it strange crossing onto the coaching side because the ‘fraud’ thoughts pop up. But I think this is generally just fear, and readers are always saying how useful the information is and how they can relate. I think the coaching is where my passion lies :) Thank you for allowing me to see it! x

    • regina says:

      Tess, yes! I’m so happy to hear that. Was it a fun revelation in some way? I always think it’s funny/scary/liberating/wonderful when you have a moment like that. Coaching can be such a real and valuable way to help others do something you’re passionate about.

      I know what you mean about fears. One thing to note is that you’re definitely not a fraud. You had real experiences, you’ve learned excellent things that others want/need to incorporate in their lives, and you are the best person to help people in your way.

      Especially when you have readers saying how useful your info/voice is, I think you can safely assume others value your words, thoughts, and help. I think it always feels weird to get paid for something you learned, love, and want to share even for free, however, if you have to make money somehow, it might as well be doing something that fulfills you.

      Okay, I just dumped a lot of thoughts there. Sorry. P.S. I wrote an article on How to Start a Creative Coaching Business {you will love} if you want to check it out.

      Thank you for taking time to comment and to read the piece. Your comment is encouraging and I truly appreciate your time leaving it.

  5. Liz says:

    OMG I THINK THIS IS ME.

    But don’t you have to have a following to become a creative coach? Or, more importantly, isn’t there some kind of legal-ness I have to do first? Or is that for consulting? I always confuse the two, and everyone says totally different things. But I ALWAYS have ALL THESE IDEAS and NEVER enough time to put them to use. :|

    …and my personal blog’s been suffering because of my creative ideas and the help I provide to others. And ugh… I could do a course, and then another course, and then another, but I don’t even know how to do those, and aren’t they time-consuming?

    :x I’m rambling now. Also! IDK if you remember me, but I tweeted you & you replied, and then I drowned in other blogs about blogging, SEO, marketing — all that jazz &mash; and I stopped reading you for a month or so. ;p #backnow

    • regina says:

      Liz, yes ma’am. I of course remember you. Haha, and I’m glad you figured out this is you. So, in answer to your questions:

      >> Having a “following” is relative. I think you have to start to get enough people interested in your free products/information that they’ll want to take it to the next level and get some of your paid products. My second highest earning month on my blog was one of the ones in which I had the lowest traffic numbers. In other words, you don’t need 20,000 visitors a month before you start making money, you just need the right visitors.

      That said, I do feel it is important to build a “platform” for yourself. When you establish your pattern/habit of releasing and promoting helpful content (through your blog, social media, and other channels), the people who want/need you will naturally begin to gravitate toward your content. That’s how you truly build an engaged following.

      >> Legalities and licensing: Unless you are giving the type of advice that needs to come from a licensed professional (medical, legal, etc.), you’re probably in a field that doesn’t require licensing. Take for example “life coaching.” You can go out and get “licensed” by a certain organization, but you do not have to . . . and to be honest, people are a lot more interested in what you can do for them than what type of training program you went through. Basically, if you know you have the knowledge, care + concern to help others and to organize information in a way they’ll benefit from, what else do you need to start going out and helping? As long as you’re never exaggerating your credentials, people are not likely to feel you’ve misrepresented yourself. Just be very upfront with what your type of coaching comes with.

      Here’s a CBS piece on the top myths about coaching, #1 being that you have to be “licensed.”

      >> About the courses, do you mean taking one or hosting/teaching one? Both are time-consuming, but teaching one is definitely a lot of work. It can be very rewarding though.

      Thanks for stopping by again and commenting Liz. I love to hear from you.

  6. I’m sure I’m not the only person nodding along with all of these. I definitely see myself becoming a creative coach in the future + love what you have to say with this blog post. When the time is right, I will definitely think about investing in your Build Your Creative Coaching Business lessons. Thanks for your transparent content, as always!

    • regina says:

      Kayla, yay. I appreciate that comment. I already see you as a coach through your blog content + community efforts. Would love to do class with you but I suspect you also make a great instructor. Thank you for stopping by and for your support.

  7. Mrs. Jones says:

    2, 3, 4, 6, and 8. I just found your site today thanks to Bloglovin and I’m fallen hard. Such great advice. I’m already planning to get lost in your content during my free time this weekend. I’m taking baby steps to launch a creative consulting business which is hard to explain to most folks so I feel like I kid in a candy store right now.

    • regina says:

      Dear Mrs. Jones, thank you so much for your sweet comment. I’m sorry to take so long to reply. Please forgive me.

      How is the creative consulting business launch going? Do you have any ideas/questions or suggested topics for blog posts? Anything particularly frustrating or confusing?

      P.S. I’m loving all the pretty images on your blog. Thanks again for reading and for your comment.

  8. Davilyn says:

    Wow! You nailed it for me! I was thinking I was weird, or alone, because nobody else seems to get me. They think I am obsessed! But now I understand that it is a contagious disease and I am not alone! Haha! Thanks for posting, so now I am going to read further and see how I can put my obsessions to good use!
    Davilyn

    • regina says:

      Davilyn, yay, so glad to hear that. Thank you for stopping by to read this post and to comment. I apologize for taking so long to respond.

      And ha, yes, it is a contagious disease. You are not alone. Have you decided how you’re going to put your obsessions to work yet? I’d love to hear about it.

      Thanks again for your comment.

  9. Kim says:

    Wow. Found your site via the rabbit hole that is Pinterest and yea, I think this is me lol. I’ve always been the one that researched things for the hell of it (I have over 20 tabs open right now) and my friends typically come to me for advice for certain things. It may be time for me start. Thanks for the much needed kick in the ass to monetizing my services!

    • regina says:

      Kim, I’m so glad to hear you’re monetizing your services. Thank you so much for reading and for commenting. Please forgive me for taking so long to respond.

      Pinterest is definitely a rabbit hole, but I’m glad it led you here. I’m enjoying your clean, beautiful blog + images.

  10. Jenny says:

    I feel like you wrote my thoughts! So many notebooks & tabs and so little time lol.

    • regina says:

      Jenny, thank you, thank you for your comment + for reading. I apologize for taking so long to reply. Shame on me.

      I love your blog–it’s so attractive. You definitely have the branded images thing going on with your posts. I love it.

      Thanks again for stopping by.

  11. This post is everything! I found your site on Pinterest and so glad I did, I can see I’ll be a long time follower. :)

    • regina says:

      Siobhan, thank you for stopping by and checking out this post + for leaving a comment. I appreciate it so much, and please forgive me for responding so much later.

      I was just reading on your (very attractive) blog that you’ll be going to Blogalicious and coming to Texas for the first time. Yay! I’ve been considering that conference as well. I hope you enjoy Texas.

      Thanks again for the comment.

  12. Jaya says:

    hi.. i’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that not a lot of ppl nod our heads for each and every one of your points. i happen to be one of them. and i love your lively tone of speech… thanks for being so awesome and for creating such pinnable images that stick in my head.
    Keep Smiling
    Jaya
    Jaya’s Place

    • regina says:

      Jaya, ha, I’m sure you’re right. There aren’t necessarily a lot of us nodding our heads to every point. But, for those of us who do, we really get each other.

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read this post and to comment. I appreciate your sweet compliment to my blog’s tone and images.

      Also, I’m wishing you success if you’re starting/running/considering a creative coaching business. It’s such a lot of fun. Thanks again for coming by.

  13. Yo. You just kind of blew my mind with this. I started out as a ‘blogger’ 8 years ago but as the years went by, I’ve definitely become an expert/creative coach. The thing is, i’ve tried to maintain my blog all the while and the two sides of me haven’t been reconciling with one another (am I making ANY sense?). My blog has always been a ‘lifestyle’ blog but my area of expertise is digital branding and building social capital/events. I’ve been trying to figure out how to merge the two, especially since my mantra is that people can me ‘multi-passionate’. But maybe I shouldn’t. Love your site!

    • regina says:

      Stacey, first, thank you for reading and for leaving such a great question + comment. Second, I just visited your site and now I’m imagining what this “taco casserole” might include. I live in Austin, Texas, so I frequently eat tacos for breakfast, lunch, second lunch, and dinner.

      To me, “multi-passionate” people are the real-life people you meet everyday. They have various interests. They likely have more than one dream, etc. And, most people are okay with filling a few of their passions or curiosities in the same place. As long as it’s all done with the excellence you seem to embody.

      It’s like when your favorite clothing designer/line decides to expand into accessories. Or when a favorite musician goes into acting. You like the brand/person enough to try their new thing. And if they’re really good at their old thing, you might expect them to be good at the new thing too. As long as they put the same care into the new thing, you’re good. Now, if they flop at the new thing or have seven new things every year, you may get annoyed/overwhelmed. And since you’re not branding yourself as the “this one thing over here and nothing else” woman, then it’s not likely to be a Michael Jordan playing baseball situation. It’s more like a Angelina Jolie establishing charities thing, or an Ice Cube doing acting + music + writing thing.

      In general though, I think that when you’re using your space to sell your expertise that the majority of your content should lean toward that or show it off. Unless, you leave your branding/message in place on the rest of the site, but make sure readers of the blog know it’s your lifestyle blog. A person who does this super, duper well is Ciera Holzenthal. You land on her home page (with a portfolio of her work and links to her services), but then you can visit her blog (with a short “about snippet” in the sidebar that links to a page that sets expectations really well for what you’ll find on the blog). She does give business/design advice on the blog, but a ton of her posts are travel, DIY, and other adventures.

      Since your services themselves are somewhat “lifestyle-y” (branding + events), I think your brand is a perfect fit for a multi-topic blog. Perhaps you can just be very purposeful about providing links to your clearly defined categories and also about what you choose to highlight.

      I hope my thoughts weren’t too jumbled. Please let me know if they didn’t make sense though. Thank you again for your comment Stacey. I feel like there is some good learning I can go get on your blog.

  14. Tiffany Ima says:

    This is so me! People often comment that I should style then, shop with them,shop for them teach them how to thrift. I’m good at it, love talking about clothing and fit and color (my heart actually just raced). Also, I have a degree in Fashion and Retail Studies. I am working on a way to turn that into a business.

    • regina says:

      Tiffany, I love the concept. The personality coming from your online space (as you know, I think your Instagram is epic) definitely fits a style coach or personal style consultant. Do you have 2+ services that are inquired about most often that you’re comfortable starting to develop packages for? It truly doesn’t hurt to try it out so I’m glad you’re already working on a way to turn your love into a business.

      Also, random note: I just found this fashion illustrator on Instagram who seems lovely; thought you might want to check her out >>> @amberm_illustrations

      Thank you for your comment Tiffany. I’m so glad you have genuine passion for what you do.

  15. Nur Costa says:

    Regina, I just found out this blogpost through Pinterest (where I spent 2 hours before stumbling upon your pinned picture) and I just can say that I LOVE your website.
    I’m from Barcelona. I have a blog in Spanish though I translate some of my most visited posts in English, because I also want to reach out to a wider audience.
    But… let me just say how identified I found myself through this post. I connected with what you said and I am grateful you made all this effort so that people can read you.
    You’ve automatically changed my mindset of blogger to coacher. I was somehow aware of it before: I wanted to open 1-on-1 coaching sessions through Skype. But everything clicked together when I read this post.

    I can’t thank you enough Regina, for this.
    Take care and have a wonderful Sunday :)

    • regina says:

      Oh wow. You’re comment is amazing. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this message.

      I’m really happy to hear you identified with it so much. Your blog looks so good. I love the images you’ve chosen.

      I think you could really stand out as a coach and I’m wishing you success as you start coaching.

  16. Elizabeth says:

    Um, yes this is me. Preregister me for this OK???

  17. Ariel says:

    This post literally had me on the brink of tears! I can’t put into words what it’s – and several of your other posts – done for me today. Last night, I decided to “do it”, but was unsure what to call it; to the point where I brainstormed titles with my business degreed, marketing major best friend. This. Is. Gold. And I needed it all. Thanks for the mojo…the encouragement! xoxo, Ariel

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