Saturday, December 27, 2014

Preparing for the New Year

Sleigh bells just got through ringing and here we are getting ready to ring in the new year. Fortunately most dancers have already nailed down their plans for next week and New Year's Eve. Most of our dance group on Oahu is looking forward to a terrific week. New Years dance parties all over this island including the North Shore, Turtle Bay and vicinities.

"A happy New Year! Hopefully we may have brought no tear to any eye, and when this New Year
in time shall end, let it be said we've played the friend, have lived and loved and labored here,
And have tried to make a happy year for all."


I am not sure where I am going but since I cannot get around much, I am prepared to take two cameras and plenty of paper for notes and perhaps I can make a nice blog out of it. I have my walker which has a seat, so all I need is a place for the walker where I don't get in any one's way.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

The blogs are still in process of defining themselves pretty well. I let the Stats decide but lately had a lot of trouble with scam spam robot hits. We are recuperating nicely. we are almost the oldest dance online social media communication, and I believe that our blogosphere still has the biggest group of reader/dancers on this or any other island.


Of course the real cement blocks will be made by the Information Contributors and the Guest Authors. I can look forward to resigning from my best blog - for sure they will run up the hits where no one will match them. The contributors of information to our blog have not been newcomers and each piece of information has been priceless.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

Town Dancer is definitely leaning towards the "upper crust" International, Competition and Exhibition Styles. The two Guest Authors are both International Stylists. Many of the contributors are very much into the competition and exhibition sectors too and the page view hits are there. I do not think I should interfere and I should let it roll the way it wants to. For more information on our local dance scene, check in on Dance Fever Oahu Web site and Frank's Blogs. They cover much information not available to us.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Blog

Received from my niece Yvonne on the Mainland
Something To Keep

There comes a time in life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it.
You surround yourself with people who can make you laugh, forget the bad and focus on the good.

So love the people who treat you right. Think good thoughts for the ones who don't.
Life is too short to be anything but happy. The happiest people in the world don't
neccesarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.


"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"

I don't get around much anymore but I can see that the residents of the Waianae Coast are having themselves a ball for Christmas.  Parties, functions, shows and presentations from various ethnic organizations. I don't get much information from Town dancers, but I can only guess that they are dancing up a storm in town too. Good for them.


"Deck The Halls"

Anyone can email me any of your favorite photos for publication in the blog for the benefit of your fellow reader/dancers. If I get enough of them, it might do a complete blog for you. Any comments from anyone will also be welcome and I will note them in the blog. It will be for your friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow reader/dancers of the blog.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

In Transition

This blog is really having troubles lately. I turned off the search engines trying to a stop the scam spam robot hits, and the hits on all the blogs went down. I have opened it up again in the four bottom blogs and they are starting to move again. There is still some residue in the top blogs. I will wait another week.

"The greatest fear in the world may be the opinion of others.The moment you become unafraid of the crowd, is the moment you are no longer sheep. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom."


Whether it is a big or a small announcement, the social media of our blogs is the right platform to do just that. Town Dancer is a good one and the same goes for internal changes in our blogosphere. Changing and adding information contributors starts with a clear understanding of how to provide good service for the dance organizations and the reader/dancers.''

"Away In A Manger"

Our people should know that apart from having a plan we must make sure that all of us have the same goal in mind and pass the good feedback around to the rest of us. Hopefully we will get some Information Contributor to share with all the reader/dancers. From there when they are ready, willing and able they can get in as Guest Author and have their own blog within the blog.


No one can deny the power and influence of social media in improving the dancer's educational service. Nonetheless, let us not forget that these are just tools. What is more important is having a dancer service mindset. We should make sure that most of our people are dancer-minded. Once established, using the tools will become natural. Building meaningful conversations to build social dance capital. Social dance capital will sustain our blogs through the trying times. We should be pretty well out of it by the end of this year.

Came across this one from the old days in Waikiki:
A dancer who stuttered, and perhaps already had a few too many, asked the waitress, "H-h-how about a b-b-bout a fu-fu --- a few matches? He noticed that she had turned red in the face, and said. "Sorry, but I'll b-b-bet you thought I was going to ask for a fu-fu --- full box.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Christmas Season is upon us.

Everyone seems to be in good spirits and all seem to be looking forward to having a ball in their own clubs and any other functions they will attend. Most of our readers are dancers and the entire cupcake is right there. Most have their own special avenues of promotion and we respect but they are welcomed here when they are ready.

"Peace On Earth, Goodwill to Men."


Someone said and we quote:
“There is no sure way to success but a sure way to failure is to try to please everyone.”

When we can no longer please a club or group that we felt we were helping, we must just quietly drop them and continue looking for those we can help and please. It is working quite well because we have spread ourselves too thin and we will be more efficient. And nice that we are getting more readers on the North Shore.


Of course we can also wish all the reader/dancers of our Hawaii Blogosphere the best of Holidays. This includes Frank's blogs, That's Dancing and The Dance Connection. And we mustn't forget Dance Fever Oahu, which most of us find very useful daily. A very Merry Christmas to Ki, Frank and Lani.

"Peace - Joy - Love - Noel"

The year ahead is looking good for all our dancing friends.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Work To Do

I have work to do even though at the moment I am physically handicapped, and I need help. First, of course, are the Two Centers. I may get a photo and a little honest info from a person sitting in the Stage section at a Palladium function. Their report will be markedly different from a person sitting in the Ewa section at the same function. And that is the beauty of Social Media and available to anyone that wishes to tune in. Cloning we don't need.

"If you are not willing to risk the unusual, then you will have to settle for the ordinary."

Apart from responding to feedback, social media simply gives me an awareness of the public perceptions about our dance scene. I may track “club mentions” and read conversations about your club before and after sharing the information with the reader/dancers.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Through our kind of social media, I can also log suggestions and complaints. Suggestions may be used in generating ideas to improve our dance environment. We fully understand that those that already have a perfect set up will not be interested. On the other hand, complaints must be prioritized and handled correctly by setting up a policy that deals with them in an efficient and kindly manner.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces.

My blogosphere can mention my "competition" without being blatant about it. In our blogging we consider ourselves "an addition to" not "an instead of." You can read our reader/dancer reviews online where they will share their experiences with other dance clubs.

"What a Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz


Based on the feedback, I can tailor my offers to the needs of the dancers. Also, if the same queries come up, I may simply add a new question for everyone to ponder. Evidently, internal processes are changed all around for the benefit of the new reader/dancers. We can look forward to the Two Centers and their phasing over into Guest Authors when and if they are ready.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dance, Play

Dancing can be considered a way for adults to play. It can be just for fun, and evolve into exhibitions and competitions. Nothing out of the ordinary in that. And it is quite all right to feel the difference without any great feelings of superiority.

"When the day is over, let it go. Don't dwell on what you could've or should've done.
Tomorrow is another day, another dance."


Play generally describes behavior which has no particular end in itself, but improves enjoyment and performance in similar situations in the future. This is seen in a wide variety of vertebrates besides humans, but is mostly limited to mammals and birds. Cats are known to play with a ball of string when young, which gives them experience with catching prey.

"The Way You Look Tonight" by Ray Coniff


Besides inanimate objects, animals may play with other members of their own species or other animals, such as orcas playing with seals they have caught. Hopefully, we, as humans, will each play dance in our desired territories and enjoy our own kuleanas without any detrimental effect on the others.


The key to all our blogs remains the Information Contributors which in turn can become Guest Authors if and when they wish. The big drawback is that they all think that they should be going for the Pulitzer or that they must make some big commitment. We just need information that no other person can give to the reader/dancers. Their own particular view of the dance scene. Once a week, once a month. Whatevah! Of course, a photo of four, five or six of their dancing friends would be icing on the cake. These people are the biggest item attracting our reader/dancers. Geeve it!

Pub's Side Note: Be careful with the "publish personal emails" virus on Oahu. If they say we publish personal emails, people believe it and that's it. No need to ask "Where, When, Show me?" Naturally no one can answer. You are guilty and there is no way to prove your innocence. Those are their rules, tough.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Let's Dance

By Benjamin Murakami, Palolo Valley

If you are young enough (preschool) you can dance without music, or if you are in one of the disciplines for dancing where the music is not required. Many of the young, teens and early twenties, need a drum beat to give the dance some rhythm and they do very well with it.

"The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Fads come and go with the drum beats. But for the ordinary everyday social dancers, their entire dance world needs the music first. And it so happens that it is some of the most beautiful music the world has ever created. Then they can dance to it and move to the music. Waltz, Rumba, Samba, Cha Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango etc.

And it is done in the way they feel it and that is all that is needed. It is not according to any of the million or so advisors on dancing out there will point out the "correct" way. That is where the first great separation has come in dance. The "correct" styling - once anyone crosses over into that line, it is something else. But if they are in that game then they are playing by different rules and it could be appropriate to admire those that are good at it.

"The Wonderful World Of The Young" by Andy Williams

Most people can tell the good dancers in any dance in the Night clubs or social dances, simply because the dancers are able to allow the body to move to the music the way it wants to. They can hold their hands out at a 46 degree angle or 47 degree angle, and not necessarily 45 degree angle and look just fine with it because the rhythm is fundamental. Cloning was never a goal.

The freedom to dance in the accepted social style is most evident in the small night club dances and the small dance groups throughout the islands. Advice? Copying? Naturally and West Oahu seems to be in the forefront of this action in spite of the Rail Catastrophe. At this moment we just need the new night clubs that are coming and the New Dance Clubs that will be forming. And away we go.

"This Nearly Was Mine." by Victor Silvester

No one knows this better than the older dance teachers in American style of dance. They have seen the changes in the last years. And most of the social dancers have been with their fellow dance teachers, good and bad, mostly with very good results.

"Dancing washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."

But those changes have been nothing like the arrival of the International style about 40 years ago. At one time there was a social dance club in Hawaii with close to three thousand members. International has insisted that the distinction should be made and I think we should agree with them on that. We are different.

Ben

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Update

Latest update on Town Dancer. It will plateau at about 70 - 80 average hits per day. I really made the effort to get additional input from others but it just wasn't there for whatever the reason. The results are what I go by. So now that Richard is nicely into Dancing Nights I have to do something there. Otherwise it is Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor coming up strong. It will be fun and I am not going to decide it. The readers will.

"The richest person in the world is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Meanwhile the dancing interest throughout the island of Oahu seems to changing. And I am not going to say, for the better. The reader/dancers are very knowledgeable and they will make their own decisions. We just need some of their independent opinions in our blogs which are definitely not gossip. You are all aware of what that is. The prime example, the Creative Researchers And Producers.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

So far all the blogs in my Blogosphere are viable to the end of this month. I do not know about after that. Most are already entrenched in the search engines. With the help from the Micros, they all have a chance of getting to the magic, 34 average hits per day. They will not catch up until next year, but we shall see some progress.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

Somebody has mentioned that we are reporters, but the real reporters will be the Two Centers. They will get the information most easily accessible for posting and it can come from many places. Specially now with my physical disablities, I cannot get around like I use to. I may be spread much too thin but I will be patient for the valuable Two Centers.

"Runaround Sue" by Dion and the Belmonts

Meanwhile we offer the platform. You want to say something, dis da place, whenever you want, completely up to you. The learning process most characteristic of humans is imitation; one's personal repetition of an observed behavior, such as a dancing or blogging. Through copying these types of information, most people will tune into their surrounding culture very nicely.

Blogger's Law #48B: The secret to blogging success is sincerity, once you can fake that you got it made.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Waltz

By Jeremy Matsushita, Kalihi Valley.

The Waltz really had its heyday in the 19th century, everybody wanted to dance it, from the highest, classiest to lowest, street dancers. Then during the first World War I, the Waltz almost died.

"Go into the world and do well - but more importantly, go into the world and do good."

After the war, came a new generation of dancers who knew little of it. Somewhat the same situation that exists for us at the beginning of this century. Waltzes were seldom played and those that were played in 3/4 time had a somewhat Mazurka or Polka rhythm. New bands in Night Clubs arose that seem to take their cue of the Waltz from the slow tempo that still survived at the popular dances.

"The Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

A natural turn (right turn) is a dance step in which the partners turn around each other clockwise. Its near-mirror counterpart is the reverse turn, which is turning to the (left) counterclockwise. However, there was a considerable amount of reversing and the Natural turn was conspicuous by its absence.

The Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page

Unfortunately, in the 21st century, the music business like many others can be bought. And the ones buying are the younger generations, with their very crude and basic preferences. Rock and Roll, Rap etc. The class music has been somewhat relegated to the backgound. We are lucky that our present dance teachers still recognize Waltz music and dance as one of the best ever created by man. Hopefully it will gravitate down to the younger (up to date) rock and rollers out there.


Pub's Side Note: All of our Blogs claim no credit for any images posted on our sites unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog are copied daily by many on the Internet. We try to respect copyrights. If there is an image appearing on this blog by mistake, belongs to you and you do not wish for it to appear on this site, please E-mail with a link to said image and it will be promptly removed.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Micros or regular blogs?

Microblogging, such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr is a broadcast medium that exists as a form of blogging. A microblog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size and each person handles the entire post from getting in, publishing and getting out.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain
of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts."

In our regular dance blogs in Hawaii, we have a few Information Contributors which email the information including photos and posters to be blogged by a Guest Author. They have no commitments and contribute only when they want to. That sharing with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers is key. We need more of these (Two Centers) because we can see it plainly in the hits recorded. The hits go through the ceiling and all they have to do is email it.

"Penny Lane" by the Beatles

Microblogs allow users to exchange small elements of content such as short sentences, individual images, or video links, micro to micro. These small messages are sometimes referred to as microposts. As with traditional blogging, microbloggers post about topics ranging from the simple, such as "what I'm doing right now," to the thematic, such as "sports cars or dancing."


Commercial microblogs also exist to promote websites, services and products, and to promote collaboration within an organization. Some microblogging services offer features - alternative ways of publishing entries besides the web-based interface. These may include text messaging, instant messaging, E-mail, digital audio or digital video.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream." by the Four Aces

Several studies, most notably by the Harvard Business School have tried to analyze the user behaviour on microblogging services. Several of these studies show that for services such as Twitter and Facebook, there is a small group of active users contributing to most of the activity. Surveys based on millions of users, shows that 10% of Twitter and Facebook users account for 86% of all activity. That is commercial activity, "to whom it may concern."

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Our evolving dance

Exhibition ballroom dance has remained popular in Britain and continental Europe throughout the 20th century, particularly in semi-invitational settings, such as resorts and hotels. In the 1960s, ballroom dance gained a strong following in Asia, mostly in the International Style. Popular interest and scholarly research, moreover, brought new appreciation to both ballroom and social dance as valuable reflections and embodiments of a community’s social values.

"We should be thankful of all those people in our lives that have shown us exactly
what we do not want to be"


Palolo Valley or Manoa. Either place would be nice to avoid the traffic.

Meanwhile, the regulations governing competitive ballroom dance became more exact as dance teachers switched their focus from inventing new dances to codifying existing ones. This was specially true in the competitions. There had to be a fair way to judge. Those “official” versions of fox-trots, waltzes, and tangos—all with specified steps, postures, and head positions—have been maintained in European televised competitions.


In the early 21st century, an alternative form of competitive ballroom dance thrived in Europe, North America, and South America in television shows such as Dancing with the Stars. This was with judges in the public fields generally. "I know what I like." These elimination series focused largely on the personalities of the contestants, with individualization earning more points than strict adherence to the rules.

"Release Me" by Englebert Humperdinck

Once an expression of elite society, ballroom dance has continued to expand its appeal and has adapted its approach in response to the ever-changing aesthetics of contemporary culture. There are more dances coming in and most are in the fad section catering to the young. The older more seasoned dancer will rely on the oldies but goodies in the music and the dance. We must recognize the differences and merely accept them. No hu hu.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Hit another bump.

Google robot advertising hits are screwing this blog up royally. Completely obliterating the legit hits. So I will wait for the hits to come down and then shut it down for a week or so. We have plenty of other blogs available, and then there are Frank's blogs which covers action that is not available to us.

"Most of our dance teachers help their students find the song in their hearts,
the beat in their feet and a passion for life."

The entire blogosphere is moving along too good, and I am beginning to look into Word Press. Blogger has done such a terrific job for us for so long, I hate this but I am afraid it is going to get worse, and Google advertising robots are going to infiltrate the other blogs and then all is lost. Google owns Blogger so there is nothing Blogger can do.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Just got to get my head on straight and see what happens this week. They are starting to goof up another of our blogs so that means I may have hurry up and set up my first Word Press blog by next week. I will play it by ear and probably move the lowest ones first.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles

The biggest surprise for the first day stats is Moanalua Corridor and all hits are legit, unbelievable. Perhaps we can get a photo and some dancing news from that sector to publish for the reader/dancers. This area is the second most populated area on Oahu, and should have a good potential in spite of the horrible Rail Catastrophe and the Noise.

"Nostalgia" por Placido Domingo

"Nobody really taught me tango. I learned by watching. But today I believe young people should find a good teacher to have a base and then do their street dancing. Do the best they can do by dancing and dancing. Step on someone’s feet, and have your feet stepped on. Dance with everybody and not simply with one partner."
Maria Nieves, famous Tango dancer.

“I did have a few drinks Saturday night in Waikiki. They told me I did a
real sexy tango. I'm told I could’ve done even better with a partner.”



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Copyright

Just got another email information, perfect for passing on the information to the readers in one of the blogs but plainly marked.  "Copyright 2014 All rights reserved." Whoa there. Also just read about a blogger who publish a copyrighted article, giving credit and all. She was still billed or she would be taken to court, so she paid, but she warns everyone.

"Some people have an image to maintain and some of us don't give a damn."

I am also asking all the Two Centers and the Guest Authors to be careful. All of our Blogs claim no credit for any images posted on our sites unless otherwise noted. Images and other information on this blog may be copyrighted by the respected owners. If there is an image or information appearing on this blog that belongs to you and do not wish for it to appear on this site, please E-mail telling the pertinent facts of said image or information and it will be promptly removed. Mahalo.

"She Loves You" by the Beatles

Meanwhile the entire blogosphere is looking good and I look forward to helping as many people as possible to make one of these blogs go independent. On their own and making their own rules. Town Dancer back in the running now in second place behind Platinum Horseshoe. But I deal in averages and I start new every month. Looks like Town Dancer will take over first place then.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Meanwhile I leave Calvin and Richard as Guest Authors in the new blog Dancing Nights. If they want out it can be done easily. No hu hu. However as long as they are in they can use it as they wish. Entirely up to them. And I continue to beat the bushes looking for Two Centers and Guest Authors, they will make a big difference in the hits. I can only go so far by myself. Unfortunately Google is taking over with robot advertising and it is being recorded as hits. They are not hits, they are only interested in selling Chrome which of course makes us certain, never to use Chrome. May have to go back to Internet Explorer or Mozilla, as bad as they are.

"You can con some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time,
but you cannot con all of the people all the time." Who said that?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Beginning to Roll

Town Dancer blog is still nip and tuck in hits with Blogging Hawaiii for second place but by tomorrow they should be in solid. Platinum Horseshoe still in front but dropping slowly. These three will be the top for the rest of the month.

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."

Moanalua Corridor may go into "private blog" if we get more scam spam robot hits. That means that only members have access but it keeps out the scam spam robot hits. It will effectively put it on hold, I don't know, I will play it by ear. It will not be too bad, there is not much action there to report, no Two Centers or Guest Authors either.

Meanwhile, the other blogs are calling, Dance Waianae, Latin Rhythms, the backup blog and Dance Blogs are all over single digit average daily hits. This where we are at the end of October. Anyway, it is good news. With Calvin, Debra and Richard blogging as Guest Authors in Town Dancer and setting the example, it will continue to improve.

"Hey There" by Rosemary Clooney

So the plan is to get as many Two Centers in the different blogs as possible, no limit there. The next step is to wait until some of them are ready to be Guest Authors, They can then have their own mini blog within the larger established blog with ready made organization and readership available.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

The final step for me is to have enough Guest Authors and enough information to get over 100 average hits per day. Then I can gradually withdraw and let them operate as a completely independent blog with only two administrators merely to keep it going. I will have my hands full with the remaining blogs.

Pub's Side Note: I hope everyone that is reading this is having a really good day. And if you are not, just know that in every new minute that passes you have an opportunity to change that.


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Town Dancer Will Be Rolling

OK, I am rebuilding what I tore down. Those scam spam robot hits were just too much. So I will keep the spare blog if it happens to one of our tried and true blogs. Once they screw up the stats, it is no use. I want to know the legitimate data not crap.

"Progress is impossible without change, and those that cannot change their minds cannot change anything."

The entire Town action seems to be be gearing up for the holiday season which is only to be expected. Richard is picking up on some of this action already and posted in the back up blog. Calvin and Debra will participate in the Oahu Ball Competitiions on the Big Island and we can all hope he sends back some of his usual great stuff. And run up the hits through the roof.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner

On Oahu, most dancers learn steps, in street dancing, social dance clubs, night clubs and official dance studios, it is the same progression. Then they learn more steps, then they learn even more steps. This can go on for quite some time. Then one day, they begin to realize that they’ve got rhythm and don't really need that many steps.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

They've learned the rhythm of the different dances and they have learned to dance. They also learn that each dance has over six hundred documented steps or patterns. Of course there are a few teachers will make you listen to the music first, then teach the rhythm and then only after, begin to teach the steps. But that is too much like street dancing. There are social dancers and then there are the "real" dancers that can dance very nicely without music.

Pub's Side Note: Dance Clubs and other Dance Organizations are already coming to terms with the need to integrate their social media efforts with their content strategy, and are seeing the impact of social media in terms of lead generation, referral traffic, and membership.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Back In

The Scam Spam Robot Hits are almost gone. I do not know who did it but it may save all those years that we have had this blog. For now I will have to keep both and see what develops. It will be up to the readership. They are the ones to make the decision. The total hits had been holding pretty steady, too many were puzzled including me.

From Exodus 20:14 The Ninth Commandmant
“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”


"This Nearly Was Mine" by Victor Silvester

What Social Dancing Can Do For You!
Five Rules of Dancing: for all students of dance, whether in a night club, class or for private lessons.

Rule One: We are all allowed to be Human.
Rule Two: We are all allowed to make mistakes, including the teacher.
Rule Three: The teacher is allowed to “razz” or to joke and have fun with the students.
Rule Four: The students are allowed to “razz” or to joke the teacher back, which is only fair.
Rule Five: Most importantly, whether in a club, classes or in private lessons we are all raised to the same equal level of just being “students of life and dance” and “Children of God and Creation.”
So, have fun!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

It's Not Good

My latest hit analysis shows Town Dancer at an average of 27 hits per day. From over one hundred per day down to this. The top four and overwhelming hitters are all scam spam robots and all ending in RU (stands for Russia.)

I advised the Guest Authors to shift over to another blog but they ignored me. They should do as they please. Meanwhile, I would like anyone to make contact with any of the other blogs. Become a Two Center and perhaps even a Guest Author.

At the top is Platinum Horseshoe in the fifties in average hits per day. Second is Blogging Hawaii in the thirties and third is Moanalua Corridor in the upper twenty hits per day. Those are the top blogs, the others are too new and in the teens but one good Two Center or Guest Author would get them over the thirties hit barrier.

Enjoy the challenge of learning new things and enjoy the stimulation of competition (if that appeals to you.) Learn more about the various dances and forms of dancing and learn where to go to get started dancing. All of our blogs are here to help, to share with our friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. There are many others that are willing to help in their own way.

"It ain't over 'til it's over."

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Update

I have stripped Town Dancer to the new counter only. The Guest Authors are welcomed to use any of other blogs available whenever they wish. I can have the blog send them the invitation.

Patience and we may get rid of these scam spam robot hits. Somebody is making money from these and I just don't know how they are doing it. But they are screwing up my stats something horrible. And Blogger doesn't have a clue.

Meanwhile, there are three very good blogs forging ahead very nicely. Platinum Horseshoe in front, Blogging Hawaii and Moanlua Corridor not far behind. Mahalo.

"I Remember You" by Don Ho

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Try New Counter

It did not work, cannot get rid of the scam spam robots from the Blogger counter. So I am trying another counter which is supposed to be better. Not perfect but it is free. Hopefully it will not count the scam spam robot hits which Blogger assures me that no one sees, they just goof up my stats so that they are useless. Blogger programmers simply do not understand those things. I am interested is who is reading my blogs but they don't have a clue.

Gone For Now

Checked the stats for the scam spam robots and they were gone. I turned the Private to Public switch and I will wait this out. Perhaps they will stay out. We do not know yet and Blogger does not seem to see the big problem. Patience, we may yet save this blog.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

I Try Again

I had planned on keeping the blog private until the tenth. But looking into the stats, the scam spam robot hits had come down considerably, so I reopened the public access to this blog. What do I know? But I took the chance and now everyone can access this blog and I will await the results.

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow humans -
true nobility is being superior to your former self."


Then the search engines have their algorithms which they change regularly. But they seem to have less effect on our blogs. The blog links to each other plus links to other dance organizations help and not only for us, but for them too. I have the added advantage of pushing with Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Facebook. And I have a lot to learn with those.


This blog now firmly in second place behind Town Dancer. That Guest Author will do it.

By myself I am pretty close to the point of diminishing returns, so that the solution remains in the Two Centers and their eventual phase over into Guest Authors. Then when the blog gets over 100 average hits per day, I can resign and they are on their own. I am planning my retirement.

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Pub's Side Note: So Rome was not built in a day. I will continue to try to help wherever I can. However, there are those who think I am receiving too much from their "good looks, talent, fame and good fortune." It is their decision and I will respect. Meanwhile, I have to find those I can help and I do not have too much time. I have work to do, I must be on my way and I wish everyone good luck.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Palladium

In the May 2014 issue of Honolulu magazine, Senior Editor, David Thompson, explored the World of Ballroom Dancing in Honolulu. It was read throughout the islands and there was not much commentary. However, in the current September issue of Honolulu is a letter to the editor.


By Mary Flynn, Honolulu, Hawaii

The Ala Wai Golf Course Multi-Purpose Recreation Center is a public utility and, by its very name, should be shared equitably by many nonprofit organizations. The attitude of the Hawaii Ballroom Dance Association in this article reflected badly on the Association and the City and County of Honolulu. By their own admission, dancers use the facility frequently and seem to feel that their organization should have exclusive rights.

According to the facility's online schedule, dancers are scheduled in July for 88 percent of the available slots  (120-136). This can hardly be considered "multi-purpose" and suggests a cozy relationship with a single group. Honolulu does not have many rental sites for large groups that are available, affordable and have parking, whether they have a slippery eucalyptus floor or not.

It would be a shame and possibly unethical or even illegal to limit this facility to ballroom dancers when others, equally worthy also need it desperately. I firmly request that the City and County of Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation investigate this near-monopoly.

Mary Flynn, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Pub's Side Note: I am sure there are several out there with a good defense of dancing at the Palladium. Our Guest Authors or Two Centers are welcome.