Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Refining Our Blogosphere

I have heard the word, "venue" on Oahu more than in most places. And it very nicely describes what they mean. The scene or setting in which something takes place, the locale.  For us it has been a place where groups of dancers could dance, drink, eat and be merry. The discotheque, the nightclub, the dance hall etc.

"You must look into other people as well as at them."

The dream in the mainland has been the studio - nightclub. In some places (very few) they have a Studio - Nightclub and a Restaurant. (The Granada in California) And commercially and locally, Dream to Dance Studio has led the way with their Saturday evening Salsa. The social dancers have found the dance floor terrific but just a little too small.

Now on Ward Ave, I have not been there but with more room and a good dance floor, from what I hear, they are developing the center for the International Style of dance. You can dine and dance with your peer group of International style dancers. The entire enchilada cannot lose and it could develop into a weekly thing, specially since they already have the reputation of having some of the best International dancers on this Island.

They spend a lot of money to learn competition dancing. Here they have the perfect place to practice and they can have a lot of fun dancing with their peers and bettering their level of dance. Not only that but they will not be contaminated by the ordinary common street and club dancers. The distinction has been repeatedly made and we concur.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

Whatta Dream Place, in the Central Valley.

Before this year is over, it will be clear that the Rail Disaster cannot afford a Dance Pavilion in Waipio. Therefore someone will look over the terrain of Dream To Dance Studio and the one on Ward Ave. The conclusion will be a studio - club on the second floor of some building in the Waipio Business Park. And it will be our kind of dancing. Whatta deal! A win - win situation for everyone. They will even be coming from Waimanalo.

Pub's Side Note: No one in the West has discovered anything about the laptop computer we have on sale. It will be first come, first serve. Or whoever has the magic number gets it for free.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Reader/Dancers

We are getting closer to a good definition of the reader/dancers on this Island. For our dance blogs, they are the most important faction out there. There are a lot more of them than I realized. Honolulu Dance Guide has proven that the Nightclub group interested in live music and dancing in the American Style of Dance, may very well be a group almost as big as our local cultural dance scene.

"People are generally more mindful of wrongs than of benefits."

Hits are a very important measure of information distribution. Honolulu Dance Guide has been very nicely going up in hits at a bigger percentage than all our other blogs. By the end of the month the average hits per day may surpass our famous Town Dancer blog. Don't knock it, we should all try to please the reader/dancers and their results are what counts. Perhaps we can learn from them.

For sure our best feature is the Guest Author, whether only as a one time contributor or as a steady Guest Author such as Calvin or Richard. They can get in and out on their own and have almost no parameters so they write whatever and whenever they damn well please. As it stands at present, Town Dancer could very nicely accommodate two or three regular Guest Authors. They could publish only once a month and guaranteed, no other blog could ever catch up in hits.!
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" by the Supremes

And we have perhaps one hundred very capable and possible Guest Authors out there that feel that perhaps later. Now is the time and I mean the reader/dancers are the ones that benefit. They are gradually being provided with less club propaganda and more "dancer" information. Of course, for all of us, club doings are an important part of our social media communication.

Perhaps we can get someone like Aunty Maile from WBDC, she only informs on WBDC. But let's face it, any other club has the same right.  Dig? And the entire enchilada becomes Social Media and we are getting there. The entire dancing environment unfolds for everyone to see. Private Clubs? They went thataway!

Then of course, with three more Guest Authors in Town Dancer I could gradually wean myself out of there and when they are ready, I could resign and they would be on their own and breaking all records in hits. Guaranteed! I could then go on my merry way working on the rest of the blogs, working on getting rid of the next best one in line.

Pub's Side Note: Another very pleasant and clear result is the winding down of the Creative Researchers And Producers. They are losing their grip! Calls for another Rum & Coke.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Stats

By George Lum, Waialae Iki

Ask any professional blogger and they will tell you that two of the most important things you can do are; monitor visitors to your site and pay attention to the stats. You’ve heard the adage "Anything that can be measured can be improved". Simple site stats can tell you a lot of things, total hits, average hits per day, market share etc. It may not be useful to many people but if you know these, you can improve you blogs.

"That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required
and necessities are not wanting."

Knowing the amount of traffic you are getting to your site, as well as where it’s coming from, can help you make some important decisions about where to spend your time. Stats allow you to see traffic patterns on your site, if you have several blogs, it is imperative that you make the various comparisons. Small differences are of no consequence, however one blog that gets ten average hits per day is far different than a blog that gets 100 average hits per day.

Without monitoring the traffic to your web or blog sites you won’t know if you need to make changes in order to get people reading. The stats we get for free on most blogs are not absolutely accurate but they are a very useful and valuable tool in getting your blogsite optimized. They can tell you if the changes you make are having a positive or negative effect on traffic.

One of the worse mistakes a blogmaster can make is to ignore stats and just "fly by the seat of their pants". "Anything that can be measured can be improved," but you can’t improve anything unless you measure it. The counter is a big tool to start monitoring and improving your blogsite, get hot, baby!

Latin Dancing with real Latin Music
Pub's Additional Note: Town Dancer is still Toppa Da Adda blogs, but your suspicions, I fear, are correct. Honolulu Dance Guide is catching up. Their kind of dancers are there and they are interested in live music and American Style of Dance. These people are the ones that should make these decisions and they are doing it.

They are getting more of these same kind of dancers and it is looking more lively every day. Dis action gotta overflow to the North and East Shores. The West is going to be a little too rough because of the rail disaster. But the North and East shores are just waiting for something li-dis. Then there is Rock And Jazz Hawaii with most of their interest in the listening end of the live bands. They do a terrific job too as many find it easy to meld with the other groups in the Nightclub scene.

This has been a long overdue environment to be analyzed. A dance blog is what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing content that is of interest to a select or target audience. Information easy to update and change. Our readers are gradually picking up on this action and everyone is waiting for the Guest Author.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Hit Parade

Going into the last half of the month, it is Town Dancer in front and going up in hits slowly but steadily, Occasional spurts when Calvin blogs and then comes down before going into its upward climb again. Should reach 167 average hits per day very soon. (5000 hits for a 30 day month,) The Guest Authors that are needed are for making this the first independent dance blog in Hawaii. This is important because it could set the precedent for making the other blogs independent.

"A dance club's success is tied to the dance member's satisfaction."

Honolulu Dance Guide was battling for second place with Oahu And Beyond for over six months and then surged on ahead. Now well over sixty daily points ahead of Oahu And Beyond. The counters clearly indicate the heavy presence of their reader/dancers.

They cover mainly the Live music section of dancing in town and the American Style of dance. This also includes the other peripherals like Tango, Swing and Salsa. They are beholden to no particular social club and this is important because of the changing membership in the top social clubs. I had no idea there was such a huge crowd of likeminded dancers.

"At Last" by Glenn Miller, vocals by Ray Eberle

So to get Oahu And Beyond rolling, we need someone that can cover a few spots in the Live music section just to give our readers the added perspective from someone else. For our blogs the different opinions are the real meat and potatoes of our social media. Two or three times a month would really add the needed spice. Of course, the neighbor islands are not wide open and waiting. But we may eventually convince them that we mean well.

The silence from the Windward section has been deafening. There is something there and there will be more but as yet everyone would rather keep it a secret. Arthur Murray recently opened a new branch in Kailua and seems to be doing just fine. The new NxNW Oahu blog was created just to cover the dancing in that section. We will just be patient and wait to make contact.

"It's All Right" by the Impressions

The total hits for all our eight blogs is well over the magic 334 average hits per day. (10000 hits per 30 day month.) Another couple months should get us to the 400 and that means 12000 hits per month and we will be making contact with somebody throughout the Pacific Rim.

The West is still in process of working for the dancers. The Rail Calamity has thrown most things out of whack and many have been cancelled. The bus system has worsened and the "cattle cars" are packed to the gills. (They are low class people anyway?) There will be a new dance club, for sure, probably in the Ewa Beach or Waipio section. But the members will have to have their own automobile transportation.

The North Shore will also join sometime in the future, when they get rid of the downtown deal of "Keep the country, country." spend your money in Honolulu. You gotta spend money on Gas? Hey, why do you think the Gas companies are paying for this propaganda too.

Pub's Side Note: It is slowly forming all by itself, a new dance force, for Truth, Inclusion and Innovation and made "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers." Let it roll!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Blog Needs and Must Haves

It is coming out slowly but very nicely. I looked around and couldn't find much outside information on my present conclusions. What we need to make our blogosphere more effective, that is, our type of blogs. Of course, dance blogs on this island are still much in the process of defining themselves.

"An utterance may be worth more than the truth, the reason it contains -
without the slightest regard to the author of it."

The Occasional Contributor: This person is willing to set down his or her opinion on some dance subject but wants no further commitments for whatever the reason. They have the right to their wishes and we should be grateful for their contributions. The results, are more hits so we spread the word.

The Regular Information and/or Photo Contributor is one who is willing to share a few Items with their fellow dancers but with just an email to convey the information. This, of course, is one of the solid bricks in our information gathering and sharing and it usually short and sweet and we don't get enough of those.

The Guest Author, the Diamond Mine. No matter who the person is or how much or how little they write, it is eagerly accepted by the reader/dancers of our blogs. This keeps evading the possible Guest Authors,  just the View Point of the Individual, that is it. With a few more of these we would surely double the hits we have now.

Is there room for this blog on this Island?

This includes not only the Island of Oahu but also the Neighbor Islands. Our stats from Google also indicate a larger following developing in the Pacific Basin. The Philippines were hardly a blip a year ago and now in fifth place among all the countries in the world. This is flabbergasting. The barrier or goal I had set up was 334 average hits per day for our eight blogs. (10000 hits per 30 day month.) We are well  over that now and it is a matter of filling in Guest Authors and getting rid of the best blogs.

"Of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers"
All the dancers? Of course not, they do not all want to be involved and we must respect. Hopefully we can convince more people to join in our unique social media for the benefit of all our reader/dancers.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blogo 101

Our newest and bottom blog in hits is of course, NxNW Oahu. The geographical center was picked to be the opposite corner from Barber's Point on this Island.

So this new one has been temporarily set where the Turtle Bay Hilton is located and they will cover the Eastern part of the North Shore and the Northern part of Windward Oahu. This central location will of course be changed according to the Guest Authors that will eventually take it over.
 "Time discovers truth and the truth hurts for a while but a lie hurts forever."

Many of our reader/dancers have friends and/or relatives living in these sections. Perhaps some of them may be interested in reading, writing, looking and submitting photos and whatever it takes to make this blog into Social Media of cultural dance. This a test to see if I can can set it up "long distance." I will just help to build it up, they will inherit it whenever they are ready.

I have found very little on the Western part of the North Shore, and I am now looking for something in the Northern part of the Windward shore. I have been told that there is plenty there. We will see what we will see. The main thing is that already the Rail Tragedy is screwing up the works in the Rail section of West Oahu, not only in the city government. More people are getting interested in dancing on the Windward side. Arthur Murray already has set up a branch studio in Kailua and they know what they are doing.

"Blowin' In The Wind" by Bob Dylan
I know there have been attempts lately of teaching International Style of dance but it went no where. So it looks very good for the American Style especially if they get a few bands playing out there in some nice cozy clubs. Some of the best American Style dancers have been taught in the East by very capable teachers.
The Lottery

There is a number that has appeared each week in the Western Oahu blogs. I get it from the closing Dow Jones on the Friday before. It usually appears by Saturday. The number will now remain for the entire month. It is a form of lottery in which the prize in this case is a used Acer Laptop computer in perfect condition with Windows Vista installed.

There will be new number chosen for the month of May if necessary. If your Social Security Number ends in the same two digits, the Laptop is yours. I thought I was going to use it extensively so I got a bargain extra battery. You can have that too. I have another item on standby. Instead of selling my must get rid of items they will be "donated."

Da Links

Every blog has a side bar that contains links to other blogs. If you just click any of the links, the blog will appear as if by magic on your screen. That makes all our blogs interconnected one with the other and a few others besides. And you choose wherever. And of course you are all welcomed to contribute comments, information or photos whenever you wish to the blog of your choice.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Special from June Kadomoto

I got this a little late but it will go in. I did not know of it and have already made other commitments. It may have been in the Kapolei Chapter Web site but I don't read it much. I have too much to cover.

"If you haven't got all the things you want, be grateful that
you don't have the things you don't want."
Perhaps HBDA is ready for a Guest Author in one of our blogs. They have at least three doings to write up every month, just to let their members in on it. This is not counting all the other readers. And blogging being what it is, more Guest Authors, more synergism to generate much more hits. And communication is the name of our game.
New kid on the block. Any dancers out there?
Pub's Additional Note: 
Sorry but Hawaiiantel.net does not function as it should. My first account is nothing but spam. I deleted over 3000 last month and hoped for the best. I now have almost 2000, so my main account is nothing. I got an additional and there are too many things wrong and slow about it. I have been forced to get other email accounts.

I am just scattering all around until I come up with the best ones. Nothing fancy, just send and receive email. Then cottontree was hooked onto my blogger and I finally was able to change that to a Gmail which is Google and they like to mess things up so I must be careful there. When I get these all transferred out of Hawaiiantel then I will delete those two emails.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Communication Is Fine

An implied duty for social media such as a blog means communication to the reader/dancers of anything pertaining to dance that might be of interest to them. The price of eggs in Denmark may be included but it is not considered pertinent. And yet the blog must remain social media.

"When you shoot an arrow of truth, dip its point in honey."

Our first and foremost form of communication rapidly becomes advertising which is acceptable in our blogging. It may be used for marketing and to encourage, persuade, or manipulate our reader/dancers and sometime a specific group to continue or take some new action.

For blogs, sometimes, the desired result is to drive consumer behavior with respect to a commercial offering, witness the large amount of emails on trips to Alaska, Israel, China or Europe. They are willing to advertise and even to spam. But they will never share with the reader/dancers of the blogs any of the experiences or photos of the happenings. Those are reserved for their people.

"All In My Mind" by Maxine Brown

It becomes very plain for the reader/dancers of social media, although also common in political and ideological advertising. In Latin, ad vertere means "to turn the mind toward." Advertising messages are usually paid for by sponsors and viewed via various traditional media; including mass media such as newspaper, magazines, television commercials, radio advertisements, outdoor advertising or direct mail. But blogs are social media and not known for being paid.

The best example on these islands is Calvin Ota aka Mr Blogger. Very little of the communication but it is a must. But then comes the spectacular results of what happened at the ball with photos and all. This is sharing with the reader/dancers of all the blogs and these blogs are even read throughout the Pacific Basin. That's blogging and that is Social Media. Anybody want to kid me about "hits?"

Non-commercial advertisers may spend time to advertise items other than a consumer product or service include political parties, religious organizations, dance social clubs, night clubs and governmental agencies. Nonprofit organizations may rely on free modes of persuasion, such as a public service announcement in blogs or even Web sites.

"Rip Van Winkle" by the Devotions

Spam: Then in blogging we have the over and over again beginning from the old time "Mark your calendars for next year, bla bla bla." The instigators are well aware of what they are doing. But so are the reader/dancers and nothing turns them off like spam. And of course the bloggers resent people using their blog in this fashion and running it down like that.

Let's get Bloggin', we are going to get to Social Media yet and we are going to have a ball doing it and sharing among so many good people.