Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Nine Week Blog Challenge 1: Preparation

Hi all,

So many things going through my head. I know, like any of us has the time to read about my thoughts, let alone care to hear them! ;)

So, you see, there is this blogging challenge that I am taking. Ariel Publicity is giving the challenge and I decided to participate. The challenge is in conjunction with the reading of Ariel's book (below).

The challenge includes blogging every week about what we are learning through reading, and applying, the concepts in Ariel's book. The key is sharing what I am experiencing.

Wait. Stop. Sharing? You mean, being transparent? Hmmm... I was enjoying writing about other great musicians and how much I enjoy their art. I mean, I do have experience in writing, but that was back before blogs were created, when I wrote a weekly ezine and contributed my column "Web Tips" to other online publications (...way before Web 2.0).

I didn't have to write anything really personal, just friendly and educational. I mean, my husband is the one that listens to my 40,000 (or is it 80,000?) words per day and hears my every thought. And, the point of ♫ Scat N Style ♫ was to be short, "articlettes," not lengthy diary entries. But, maybe through this challenge I will learn more about myself, about others and how to present myself to the world, through the music that I desire to share with that world, whether that world is one small child in need of a hug, or an auditorium full of fans.

Something that I have just started to learn, just prior to this challenge, is that fans really seem to want to know more about who the artist is. Is that just my perception, or is that reality? I find that if I can see a little more of their true personality, and not just their public representation, I can understand their art more easily. Consider this on of my goals... to "percolate" more on that thought.

Ok, back to what I learned in the first chapter of this book. First, Ariel suggests we pull out all the tools, including paper, and... wait, color crayons? I mean, come on, color crayons? But then I stopped. How many times have I enjoyed coloring a picture with my kids? I've said, "Oh, it is because I am doing it with my children." No, it's because I still enjoy coloring! Set the judgment aside, with an open mind! Ariel could not have piqued my interest more keenly than suggesting the color crayons. It showed me that sometimes there are mental boundaries and limitations that we may not even be aware exist.

She went on to describe goal setting, similar to many things that I have heard before, but what made this different was that she gave "permission" to change goals if needed. In the past, in my OCD approach, I seemed to think that I had to stick with the goals set when I was young and inexperienced, but it is OK to modify them as needed. Although, a little ineffective to modify them too frequently.

The other breakthrough thought that she presented was to list your five successes daily. Oh, I'm used to listing the 5-6 "to do" items, which kept getting added to the next day's "to do" list, and so on and so on until I dispense with the 100 item to do list. (That's that over-achiever side of me.) Listing the successes really helps keep the positive thinking and propel one toward good things, rather than that feeling of not living up to what one intended.

So, on that note, I'm going to go figure out what success means. Ooooh, that sounds like a couple more blog entries!

Does hugging my kids count as a success?

-Lady D (Deborah E)
Jazz Singer
♫ Scat N Style ♫

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  1. Yes Indeed hugging your kids COUNTS! that's #1 - check it off :)

    A great first entry. I'll be watching.

    My Best,


  2. Hi Deborah!

    The level of detail in your transparency is totally up to you. The main thing is getting ourselves out of our comfort zones when it comes to marketing ourselves and our music.

    You're doing great, and I look forward to reading your blogs! Good luck with the blog challenge!

    (one of the blog challenge judges)


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