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Get Your Blog On!…The Challenge – Week 6

February 16, 2012

Funny that the chapter on blogging for a blogging challenge actually comes in Week 6.  While previous weeks of the S.A.C.’s Canadian Songwriters Social Media Challenge have been focused on mutterings on the process of goal-setting, setting up social media and personal websites, it’s all been a warm up to getting tools in place to build real connection with potential fans.  And now that time has come.  Even though the sheer volume of new content published online everyday can seem overwhelming, it is also exciting to see so much connection and engagement happening.

You may have heard the phrase, “Content is King.”  A songwriter’s blog is like the heartbeat of your online presence, fueling all your web entities with original content targeted at creating conversation and providing your fans with a backstage look at who you are.   And here’s my favourite sentence in this chapter of “Music Success in 9 Weeks” by Ariel Hyatt, “Just get posting, don’t stress about it, and tweak it to death.”  Blogging, unlike songwriting, does not require hundreds of edits and revisions.  The point is to create a voice and a presence, NOT a literary masterpiece!

Similarly, this blog was launched one and a half years ago with the hope of connecting songwriters across Canada by sharing information and inspiration through individual stories and experiences.  During this time, we’ve been amazed at the incredible submissions we have received.  We are grateful to all our contributors for helping us to create this wonderful dialogue and platform.  Truly, the magic of a blog is in the sharing and commenting that happens!

Speaking of sharing…here are some highlight videos from Week 5:

Karyn Ellis, one of our participants, has challenged herself to make homemade videos for all the songs on her album:

And here’s the response video made by Sue NewBerry, also a Challenge participant.

Okay, Challenge participants, please post the following:

1.  The URL of your blog entry for this week.
2.  5 blogs you are targeting.

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31 Comments leave one →
  1. Harry permalink
    February 17, 2012 5:53 pm

    Great song!

    For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate.

  2. February 17, 2012 6:29 pm

    Thanks for featuring my video this week, SAC. Blog on!

  3. February 20, 2012 4:53 pm

    PART ONE: WEEK 6 BLOG ENTRY
    Apropos of our task to research music blogs this week, I decided to turn my blog into a music blog for the week and interview a few of my fellow blogging challengees.

    Here’s the main entry:
    I’ve Looked At Blogs From Both Sides Now

    http://karynellis.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/music-blog-for-a-week/

    And the first of the interviews:
    Interview with Tom Shea from Trio Arjento:

    http://karynellis.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/interview-with-tom-shea/

    I’ll be posting the other interviews throughout the week. I will try to post those links here as they go live, but if not… look for them on my blog!

    PART TWO: FIVE MUSIC BLOGS I LOCATED:
    Roots Music Canada (CAN): http://www.rootsmusic.ca
    Acoustic Music Scene (CAN): AcousticMusicScene.com
    Songs, By Toad (UK): Songbytoad.com
    Wears The Trousers (UK): wearsthetrousers.com
    With Music In My Mind (French blog from BE): withmusicinmymind.blogspot.com

    Enjoy!

  4. February 20, 2012 10:50 pm

    Everything’s amazing and nobody’s happy- Louis CK
    And my week 6 blog musing on change! )

    http://wp.me/p29Jb2-2w

    http://katleonard.com

  5. February 20, 2012 11:32 pm

    I’m finding it a little confusing to know where to post everything. Hope this is the right place. If not, somebody throw me a line…apparently I’ve reached some kind of media saturation point…

    Anyhow, here’s week 6: the onion-skin blog. Blogs inside blogs inside blogs. It’s like a short story by Jorge Luis Borges…

    http://trioarjento.tumblr.com/post/17974374178/meta

  6. February 21, 2012 3:57 am

    Tom— Media Saturation Point… I feel ya!
    Here’s my week 6 Blog Post.. about BLOGS!
    URL: http://adriannesoundslike.tumblr.com/post/18002969093/sac-social-media-challenge-week-6-blog-it-up
    Blogs I’m Focused on:
    Salad Days Music: http://saladdaysmusic.net/
    BBC Introducing : http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/introducing/
    Indie R&B: http://indiernb.tumblr.com/
    Westcoast Sound: http://blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/
    Pretty Much Amazing: http://prettymuchamazing.com/

  7. February 21, 2012 11:28 am

    Here’s my blog for week 6: http://wp.me/p1aIaY-9e. I am talking about finding the best social media outlet for your particular audience. I also give an example about a song about bullying!

  8. February 21, 2012 11:38 am

    Here’s week 6!

    http://www.jessicaspeziale.com/2012/02/19/a-blog-about-blogging-week-6/

    And 5 of the blogs I’m targeting are:

    Indie Rock Cafe – http://www.indierockcafe.com

    Toronto Moon Magazine – http://torontomoonmagazine.blogspot.com

    ILLDefined Artistry – http://www.illdefinedartistry.com

    Indie Music Filter – http://indiemusicfilter.com

    Katuwapitiya – http://katuwapitiya.com

  9. February 21, 2012 3:25 pm

    Week 6 Blog:

    http://wp.me/p27tHb-2k

    Five blogs I am following:
    1. Seth’s Blog
    2. Snob’s Music
    3. Music Think Tank
    4. Night After Night
    5. HearYa- Indie Music

  10. February 21, 2012 9:55 pm

    Week 6 Blog Post!

    1. The URL of your blog entry for this week: http://siouxberry.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/blogs-from-a-diarist/

    2. 5 blogs you are targeting:

    The Canadian and Toronto indie music blogs I am targeting to promote/review my upcoming EP release/tour (3 months from now):

    http://www.snobsmusic.net

    http://www.littleredumbrella.com

    http://roundletters.wordpress.com/

    http://lipstikindie.wordpress.com

    http://www.herohill.com

  11. February 22, 2012 12:13 pm

    http://radiostar.supernova.com/KathrynBERRY/blog/8163/My-Acknowledgements#/KathrynBERRY/blog/8153/The-Blog-Challenge-Week-6-THE-BLOG

    Following: 1) datamusicata.com, 2) saladdaysmusic.net, 3) lipstikindie.wordpress.com, 4) blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/henryrollins and 5) prettymuchamazing.com

    • February 23, 2012 11:01 pm

      Good blog, Kathryn. I hear you. It takes time and preparation to write a blog…and then to read everyone else’s blog from our Social Media group….and comment on them…..well, it eats up a large chunk of your day.

      Keep the faith. I’m sure everyone else in our group feels the same way.

      And sometimes (like I just had to do with your blog)….sometimes you comment…..but the website won’t let you leave the comment….unless you create an account, or log in…and then when you do so, the comment’s gone, and you have to re-post. Ack…whatcha’ gonna do?

      I’ve just listened to your song “What Were You Thinkin’?” Wow!! Great song! You have a wonderful sense of style, and your lyrics are evocative. I posted my comments on Soundcloud, but I’ll post them here, as well…for those that don’t have time to get there:

      Wow!!! What a great song…shades of Joni Mitchell. And I love, love, your lyrics.

      “I heard you say life isn’t fair….But maybe it’s you and you’re just unaware….You think that I’m some kind of Perter Pan…..that I should grow up and get out of Neverland”.

      Very, very nice. And then you tie it all back later in the lyric by mentioning ‘pixie dust’. Excellent work. Also, good wry comment on ‘channel doomsday’.

      I notice that you listed this as a work in progress. It sounds complete to me…..unless you wanted to make it a little shorter.

      Cheers,
      Lucy

    • February 26, 2012 5:22 pm

      Oh Lucy, you are so lovely. Your blog is so perfect. I was feeling petulant too but wasn’t able to turn it around the way you did. However, this week is going to be a different story cause my frown is now a smile a mile wide thanks to you! Feelin’ good :)

  12. February 27, 2012 1:42 pm

    Hi folks,
    Here is a link to this week’s blog; I posted last week’s above as I am sad to say that many of my blog entries over the past 5 weeks have been lost due to a change in my website platform….still working on that:

    http://www.sarahcalvert.ca/blog/shake_it_out_florence_and_the_machine

    Here are a couple of other blogs I follow:

    http://www.natureofbeautyblog.com

    http://www.squamishbabesinthewoods.com
    http://www.rootsmusic.ca

  13. February 27, 2012 2:02 pm

    YAY – Week 6 is done…and moving on to Week 7 (while planning to finish Week 5)…there is order in my chaos :-)

    1. http://lilycblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/i-need-help/
    2. My conclusion from Week 6 is that I need help to do this blog-stalking thing (Hence, I will not be stalking any blogs, but plan to give my list over to the pros when I prepare to launch my album!)

  14. February 29, 2012 10:38 pm

    Week 6! I’m catching back up. The blog explains it all ;)
    1) http://www.dervla.bandzoogle.com/week6.cfm

    2) Top 5 blogs:

    1. Electrocutie (http://electrocutieblog.blogspot.com/)
    – which I actually LOVE and used to follow all the time! What surprises me is how few people actually comment on her blog. I used to think she didn’t have too many followers but when I type in “pop music blog” into Google it’s on the first page… so I dunno what’s up with that! Anyways this is probably the blog that is closest to my genre.

    2. Popjustice (http://www.popjustice.com/)
    – They even show/promote fee downloads when available for some songs!

    3. Popcrush (http://popcrush.com/)
    – not just talking about new music but what’s going on in the music industry too.

    4. Stereogum (http://stereogum.com/)
    – everything from obscure to top 40’s

    5. PrettyMuchAmazing (http://prettymuchamazing.com/)
    – Music reviews/news/festivals/etc… keeps the variety there!

  15. February 29, 2012 10:38 pm

    Oops wrong Blog link- delete/ignore this post!

  16. March 4, 2012 2:08 am

    Week 6 blog post: http://sneakyhooks.com/2012/03/sac-social-media-challenge-week-6-blogging/

    I’m not looking to be reviewed in music blogs, so I don’t have a list of targets (my blog post elaborates)

  17. March 12, 2012 8:52 pm

    1. My post for week 6: http://kenyakondo.tumblr.com/post/19209337258/week-6-what-the-blog

    2. The blogs I am following:

    HypeBot- http://www.hypebot.com
    Music Think Tank -http:// http://www.musicthinktank.com
    Okay Africa – http://www.okayafrica.com/
    Tech Crunch – http://www.techcrunch.com
    White African – http://whiteafrican.com/

  18. March 12, 2012 10:42 pm

    Here’s my blog for week 6!

    Blog: http://kristinestpierre.com/fr_blog.cfm?feature=3097830&postid=1861771

    And here is the list of blogs I’ve decided to follow :

    Blogs about music and artists:
    http://music.cbc.ca
    http://www.rootsmusic.ca
    http://www.abetterworld.ca/
    http://folkmusiccanada.ca/

    Blogs with tips:
    http://songwriterstipjar.wordpress.com/
    http://www.bloggingmuses.com/
    http://arielpublicity.com/category/blog/ (aka Ariel Hyatt)
    http://www.suzemuse.com/

    Finally, this site was created by Cheryl Gain and gives information about the arts and culture in Ottawa – always good to know what’s going on in your city!
    http://www.ottawatonite.com

    That’s it :)
    Kristine

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