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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.

Monday, December 22, 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.

Wednesday, December 17, 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.