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.

hr

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

hr

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.

hr

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!

hr
P.S. You can also join us in the e-course, Build Your Creative Coaching Business {from scratch} + get one of my creative consultant care packages.

hr
Photo of woman: © Monkey Business – Fotolia.com

17 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.

  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

  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!

  10. Jenny says:

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

  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. :)

Join the conversation