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On Your Mark, Get Set, The Challenge Begins…

January 10, 2012
On Your Marks

Photo by: lincolnblues

61 Songwriters across Canada have signed on to take part in the Canadian Songwriters Social Media Challenge otherwise known as “the Blogging Challenge,” as outlined in Ariel Hyatt‘s book, “Music Success in 9 Weeks.”  How many of us will make it to the finish line?

In last night’s launch conference call with Ariel Hyatt, some participants asked, “What can I expect to get out of this?”  The cool thing about this challenge is that you define your own goals.  Hence some songwriters may be focused on publishing, while others are more focused on lining up gigs.  Whatever your goals, I believe what you put into the challenge is what you will get out of it.  Former challenge participant, Meghan Morrison reflected that she had gotten a lot of intangible benefits from participating in the challenge twice before.  Namely, a better understanding of who she was as an artist and what she wanted to achieve.

The Songwriters Association of Canada is excited to be championing the first ever Canadian challenge and looks forward to the momentum it will create for participants.  We are also thankful to our sponsors: Ariel Publicity, Bandzoogle and Reverbnation.

So, here we go with week 1.  All participants, please post the following below:

1-Your artist name.
2-The URL to your first blog entry
3-The URL to your website
4-Your Twitter handler (if you have one), and
5- your Facebook URL (if you have one)

74 Comments leave one →
  1. January 10, 2012 4:52 pm

    1) Dervla
    3) Currently under construction! Should be done next week 🙂

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:00 pm

      Kathryn, I tried to repsond to your blog on radiostar….but it wouldn’t let me….because I’m not a member…so I’m posting here: Good blog…lookind forward to reading more.

    • January 13, 2012 9:56 pm

      CMW -well done!

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:31 pm

      Dan, I tried to go to your blog and read it …but it didn’t connect.

      • February 2, 2012 3:36 pm

        Hello Lucy, I fixed the link to my first blog, if you are still interested have a read. many thanks.

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:19 pm

      Adrianne, good idea of posting your goals like records…a visual reminder of your success for the coming days.

    • January 13, 2012 5:03 pm

      I love your billboard idea. Especially the use of the ‘cd’ concept that you wrote your goals on. Very good visuals. I thought of the same thing – using a billboard but instead I plastered everything on my walls and I have a notebook.

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:28 pm

      from your blog – Spending some time with your heart. Well put. Well done. I tried to leave a message on your blog site, but it asked me for an identity of some sort. Maybe I’m not figuring this thing out right.

      Lily….do we post our comments on other participants blogs here, or do we post them on their blog site?

    • January 14, 2012 2:48 am

      Wow–an honest, courageous look at the behind the scenes of goal-setting. It’s often not just what we want to achieve that needs to be considered: it’s who we need to see ourselves as before we can achieve it. Glad your energy is on the way back up, Lily!

  2. January 11, 2012 8:13 pm

    1 – Steve Didunyk
    2 –
    3 –
    4 – I’ll be joining twitter very soon!
    5- (it’s my personal site, not a fan page. But that’s on my list too.)

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:40 pm

      Interesting blog. You’re putting yourself out there with social media…sometimes it just takes the first step.

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:46 pm

      I love how clear and specific you are about your goals…very motivating.

      • January 13, 2012 5:25 pm

        You know your direction! Very strategic and precise – on the road to success!

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 1:10 pm

      Wow…what a great blog. If I hadn’t already written down my goals, I’d have been inspired by your blog to do so.

      • January 13, 2012 3:41 pm

        Thanks Lucy!! Looking forward to reading yours when you post.

    • January 14, 2012 2:44 am

      You’re an entertaining prose writer–can’t wait to hear your songs!

      • January 14, 2012 9:30 am

        Thanks Tom! Appreciate it! I’m beyond excited about my first album coming this Spring. This goal has been set for a LONG time and (deep breath) it’s finally happening!

  3. January 13, 2012 2:58 pm

    Maddy Rodriguez

    So, in my New Year’s blog post I gave y’all an idea: to write down all the memorable things you did or accomplished in 2011 (because it’d make you feel good about your lovely self)… Well, this week, I started participating in a blogfest/challenge with fellow songwriteres from the Songwriters Association of Canada and uber publicist Ariel Hyatt, and I learned a new thingie…..

    • January 13, 2012 10:14 pm

      Hi Maddy, thanks for posting your videos and songs! See you over the next 9.

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 10:50 pm

      Hey, good blog Maddy. The writing down of 5 things you accomplished through the day was a new one for me too….but, I like it.

    • January 13, 2012 10:17 pm

      Hi Shelly. Great to see your blog. Great photo, if you ever leave this island you’ll have to wear shoes again. Best, T

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 10:57 pm

      Really good blog on goal setting Shelly. I’ve never set so many goals before either. Bring on 2012…it’s going to be a very good year.

  4. Lucy LeBlanc permalink
    January 13, 2012 6:25 pm

    1. Lucy LeBlanc
    3. No website
    4. No twitter
    5. Personal Facebook

    • January 13, 2012 10:19 pm

      Hey Lucy, I followed you through all the other blogs and finally got to yours. Sounds like you’re going to be busy these next few weeks. Looking forward to going through this with you and the others. Cheers – T

    • Lucy LeBlanc permalink
      January 13, 2012 10:47 pm

      Well I figured out my facebook url:

  5. January 13, 2012 9:35 pm

    Crack the champagne – why not?
    First Video Blog is done.

    * Tracy Mills of Mowbray and Mills

    Now that I’m done, I’m gonna look around a bit….ah

    • January 14, 2012 10:09 am

      Very cool video blog! Loved your powerful comment when you stopped jogging for a second. (Now I feel like going for a run too!)

    • January 17, 2012 3:50 am

      Enjoyed your jogging video…looking forward to more.

  6. January 14, 2012 2:37 am

    Hi, all! I’m Tom Shea, but I signed up as Trio Arjento (my band) and will be participating that way, too.

    My first blog entry:

    My band website:

    Twitter: @trioarjento


    Can’t wait to read your posts! All this enthusiasm is like a collective sugar buzz!

  7. January 14, 2012 1:16 pm

    1. Christie Grace
    4. @christiegrace

  8. January 14, 2012 2:50 pm

    Hey everyone, my name is Cheryl L’Hirondelle
    Here’s my first blog post:
    and here’s my humble website:
    Plus if you want to follow me on twitter I’m: @ndnsonglines
    and last but not least, lets be facebook friends:

    • January 17, 2012 3:55 am

      Loved this thought “when the crocus blooms a second time in the late fall, it reminds us we always have a 2nd chance at life”. Thanks for posting it.

  9. January 14, 2012 11:00 pm

    Hi, all. Tom again. My first blog post was a reflection on the difficulty of setting individual goals when I usually play as part of a band and part of a family. But I’ve had a long heart-to-heart with the family, and another with the band, and have posted up some actual goals this time. Loving the way this challenge has forced me to open up dialogue with the most important people in my life about the most important activity in my life.

    My blog:
    My website:
    Twitter: @trioarjento
    Facebook: you can find my band at You can find me personally at

  10. January 15, 2012 2:04 pm

    This is the URL to my first blog entry:
    This is the URL to my website :

  11. January 16, 2012 12:29 am

    I’m Sean Harley – you can call me Tucker.

    My blog:
    My website:
    You can connect with me here:

  12. January 16, 2012 2:00 am

    Greetings, all! Hope you all enjoy this “Social Media Challenge” experience. Take it for what it really is… an exciting opportunity to get publicity for our music. And, I’m glad to be a part of it with you.

    Just a word of encouragement to each participant… Don’t worry about screwing up. Fact is… you can’t. Another fact… We are all winners. All we got to do is make it to the finish line. It doesn’t really matter who makes it there first. JUST GET THERE. The important thing is to finish what you start.

    I hope I get an opportunity to meet some (if not all) of you. I’m putting my best foot forward and if there’s any way I can help anyone out, let me know. I’m a musician/songwriter and graphic artist. You can find me on MySpace, Facebook and on the Songwriter’s Assoc. website.

    I’m fairly new to all of this, but I’m not letting being a novice stand in my way of seeing what’s on the other side of this musical wall.

    Good fortune to you all. Cheers!

  13. January 16, 2012 2:06 am

    Oh, (laughing). I forgot:

    1. Name: Jinral Tao
    2. First blog entry:
    3. Website link:
    4. Twitter Handler: ???
    5. Facebook Page URL:

    Hope this doesn’t show up my “novice-ness”. Still learning.

  14. January 16, 2012 3:28 am

    1. Andy Ruszel, but will go by identify by my duo name also, Andrews and Lawrence

    2. blog:

    3 website:

    4. no twitter yet

    5. it’s my personal page, need to set up band page etc

  15. January 16, 2012 11:22 am

    1- Hello all! My artist name is Kimi Lyn Smith (aka Kim)

    2- First blog entry:

    3- Website:



  16. January 16, 2012 12:44 pm

    1-ARTIST Kat Leonard (Kat & The MP3)

    Happy challenges, one and all! 😀

  17. Nicole Erika Trigg permalink
    January 16, 2012 1:15 pm

    It’s only week one and my inspiration is through the roof! Can’t w8t to connect with everyone over the next two months. 🙂

    1 – my artist name: Destiny – there is a good story behind this name, I promise.

    2 – first blog entry (video): – i love making video!!

    3 – website: – still under construction but the concept is there

    4 – – just started a couple weeks ago!

    5 – – mostly my journalism at this point

  18. January 16, 2012 1:34 pm

    Hallo! This is Karyn Ellis.

    Here’s my Week Number 1 blog post: “What The Mayans Can Teach Us About Setting Goals, Or What Are You Doing December 22nd, 2012?”


  19. January 16, 2012 2:46 pm

    1-name: Sioux Newberry
    4-Twitter handler: @siouxberrynew
    5- Facebook Page:!/SiouxNewberryandTheLaw

  20. January 16, 2012 3:30 pm

    Hello fellow dreamers! My name is Mao.
    You can check my first entry at:

    If you’re curious about my music check my website at
    You can also follow me on twitter @maoplanet and “like me” at



  21. January 16, 2012 4:03 pm

    Just finished my first post in the nick of time!!

    1-Stacey Kaniuk

  22. January 16, 2012 4:32 pm

    1. Debra Alexander
    4. @wordmavenmusic

  23. January 17, 2012 10:34 pm

    1. Sarah Calvert
    2. (you have to go to the blog link in navigation bar)
    4. @QueSarahCalvert
    (hmmmmm…not sure why that address is so darned long!)

  24. January 18, 2012 11:35 am

    I had posted to our facebook group, but thanks to Lily for reminding us to post here as well
    Fenulla AKA FenSTAR
    My full album of 11 tracks is available on itunes:
    (Donations are being made from each album sold to WarChild & Ssubi Foundation – details on the charirites are on my website)
    Blog week 1 post:
    Started a new twitter page:

  25. Don Sawchuk permalink
    January 20, 2012 5:56 pm

    1. Name:Don Sawchuk
    2. Blog:
    3. Website: (Not yet set up)
    4. Twitter:
    5. Facebook:

  26. January 25, 2012 9:38 pm

    Finally.. the first Post… read the blog to find out why!
    1- roca – aka Robert & Cailin

    2- 1st Blog URL on the ‘under revision’ site

    3-The URL (link) to your website

    4- Twitter handle

    5- Facebook Page URL

    Hope this finds you all well!

  27. February 8, 2012 3:26 am

    Apologies for it being late. I already posted my first blog, but to a different location. Here it is again:)

    1) Rory O’Hearn





    • February 8, 2012 2:02 pm

      Better later than never Rory….best wishes for the rest of the challenge, and hope to connect in person at some time…


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