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.