Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Small, Medium and Large


Blogs seem to come in three sizes, (my preferential divisions.) There are smallest, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and all of them can expand their capabilities to a Medium size blog. Some are very prominent such as Tumblr. The big ones like Blogger and Word Press can handle pages of text and hundreds of photos, even videos.

"Blogs are whatever we make them. Defining 'blog' may be a fool's errand."


Twitter allows writers to post plain text messages to a variety of followers that can be replied to and easily shared with others. It’s high profile in the media and its adoption by millions of people make it a great place to begin if you’re interested in blogging. Most will go quickly into Google Plus or Facebook because there is more room. Which Platform Should You Choose?

"Good Night Irene" by the Weavers

Micro blogging is a great platform if you want to quickly record thoughts, share succinct ideas and create awareness. You can meet an awful lot of people in a short time. Micro blogging offers the advantage of having a much easier audience to engage with, given that the interaction is live and in real time.


Full functioning blogs, on the other hand, allow you to develop and publish your ideas in a much more comprehensive way. You have more opportunity support and expand your ideas with images, video, links to additional sources, etc. Furthermore, content management systems, such as Blogger and WordPress, are now commonly used by website developers to build interactive and engaging websites for small businesses.

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

Further complicating the equation are hybrid platforms like Tumblr and Posterous. These platforms are capable of publishing full blog articles, yet they are as easy to use and require about the same technical knowledge as a micro blog. In addition, micro blogs themselves, like ‘New Twitter’ (Twitter with additional features), now allow users to attach images and display video right within the update stream, so the lines between blogging platforms and micro blogging platforms are being blurred all the time.


In a nutshell, choose whichever platform that interests you enough to post (and continue to post!) relevant content to your target audience. And make as many attempts as possible to check the effectiveness of each method. Note which platform your target audience is using. This will provide you a hint as to the most effective type of content for this audience.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Blogging

In the last century, the content producing world split into two factions: Blogging and Micro Blogging.
People chose to either produce media rich content with full posts and unrestricted word counts such as our blogs, or quick messages that captured an idea succinctly such as Twitter.

"To those who retain their zest, old age has much to offer.
From them the world has much to gain."


Full text blogging had grown from a very small number of people who started out publishing different kinds of Web Logs that resembled descriptive journals of their daily activities. The Web Logs, or “Blogs”, were typically written in basic html and produced on stand alone pages. As general information many were usually updated quarterly or semi annually which is the way it is done by Web sites in present day Oahu.

"Cold, Cold Heart" by Tony Bennett

Thankfully, programmers and developers have now built us content management systems that all but automate the publishing process, making blogging accessible to the general public. Since then, the market for all blogging platforms has become pretty crowded, muddying the distinction between full text blogs and micro blogs.


There are many people that may be accustomed to Twitter which has a limit of 140 letters or many of the others that insist on small amounts of text and small graphics. The users of those micros are perfect to be our Information Contributors. We get some beautiful contributions of information and graphics, that are 90% complete and all we have to do is copy and give credit to the proper parties. Many are short and we merely incorporate the data with other information that we are sharing with our readers.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho

The rise of micro blogs at the end of the last century came about as influential personalities began publishing their musings online, generating thousands of followers who themselves became content contributors. In our blogs, we don't have "influential personalities" that great. But with a few regular Information Contributors our blogs generate synergism and create more hits than the contributors by themselves.


This blog remains on top simply because it is not tied down with SOS (same old shit.) Three Guest Authors a half dozen Information Contributor do very well. The same can be done with the other blogs. All we have to do is furnish the information and the readers will be there. And the more different and unique it is, the better.

"Sh-Boom, Life Could Be A Dream" by Crew Cuts

Those of you that have the information and/or photos to share can pick the blog of their choice and it will be posted. You do good for yourself, the reader/dancers, your friends, relatives, neighbors and for the Blog too. You may use a pen name if you wish. "Anonymous" or da kine, not good. You can check out Richie Fun in the Dancing Nights blog for a terrifically good example.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Latest

Dancing in Hawaii and the Social Dance Scene is changing just like everything else. And there seems to be more acceptance of the different dances and styles of dance. Each can and should do their own thing and we can have respect for all of them. They are our friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers.

“We don’t see the things the way they are. We see things the way WE are.”


Town Dancer is still at the top but apparently close to its point of diminishing returns. I have abandoned the "push" for them and they will have to do it on their own. That leaves us with the second tier, Blogging Hawaii, Platinum Horseshoe and Dancing Nights. The Two Centers and/or Guest Authors will determine the hits and which one will emerge to overtake Town Dancer and possible independence.

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

All the other blogs have been affected by the over dilution of blogs but it is still up to the Two Centers and/or the Guest Author that will make the decisions. Each one of you has the opportunity to get it in for your group or cause. The bottom blogs are all holding up pretty good in double digit average hits per day. One will emerge into the twenties.


The Dancing Scene is becoming more standardized and the American style prevails in the social dance clubs and the night clubs too. It is a partner dance and there is a lead and follow. The sameness makes it easy to enjoy the music with the same understandable movements. The night clubs could have more action if they did not insist on getting drunks. But tradition is tradition.

"Green Eyes" by Jimmy Dorsey - Bob Eberly, Helen O'Connell on vocals.

The peripherals are becoming more acceptable, Line dancing, Country, Swing, Tango and Salsa are part of parcel of the dance scene and they do very well on their own. And of course, the International and Exhibition Dancers are in a class all by themselves. Good Dancers? Of course, but strictly deluxe not really part of us common people, as they have so consistently informed us.

Pub's Side Note: The Internet is probably the greatest invention of the Twenty First Century. However, a lot of crooks are finding new ways of stealing. Be careful.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Update

I finally got all of our "Dancing in Hawaii" blogosphere into double digit average hits per day. Easy to do with Guest Authors but hard to do by myself. Most music, night club and social dance web sites are in single digit hits per day and there are over one hundred of these in Hawaii.

"We have to close some doors, not because of pride, incapacity or arrogance,
but simply because they no longer lead somewhere."


On the mainland, all the dance blogs have one or two of these for their friends.

With a few good Two Centers and each blog with more than one Guest Author each one of the blogs will go into the 20s average hits per day. But then the data in the blogs is no longer SOS. And others will see the value of blogging for communication in our dance world.

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

I get a little help from four Twitter accounts, a Google Plus, Pinterest and Facebook. And I am restricting the follow and the following to the Hawaiian Islands only, I get about five or ten, every day, wanting to get in but if they have over 800 combination follow and followers, I do not accept.


A person’s measure of intelligence is their ability to adapt when necessary. We believe that through good intentions and mutual respect among the Dancers, the Professionals and the Dance Clubs, an understanding will evolve best suited for this Island. This will be achieved only through effort, study, openness and Time.

"You Are The Sun, Hawaii" by Loyal Garner

I find myself in the process of developing the West Oahu blogs as a tool for bringing together the small contributions of hundreds of dancers in this specific section. Making them matter at this time with the Rail Catastrophe at hand. It is about dancers helping one another regardless of their club membership and people will help if they think it matters. Many of us are learning about democracy and human rights. We are getting better all the time.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Line Dancing

So what ever happened to Line Dancing in Honolulu? We lost track of them some time ago, but we certainly would welcome some information and maybe a photo or two. A regular Two Center to start with would be great. They are part and parcel of our dance kuleana.

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because
I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”


The Personal Benefits of Line Dancing
Reduces stress while lowering blood pressure and cholesterol level. Increases energy, improves strength and muscle tone. It’s friendly and social and you don’t need a partner to line dance. Age is not a factor and no special clothes are needed. You can do it, your kids can do it, even grandma & grandpa can do it. Fun for the whole family and what is more, you will be moving to music.


Fake Scam Lotteries:
On the Phone and on the Internet, with the classic approach, "Congratulations you have already won." You are not suppose to worry about a lottery you never entered. But you know they will be asking for something "first." It may even include a free vacation requiring personal information and a credit card. Most of us are careful enough, just pass it around.

"Everything Is Beautiful" by Ray Stevens

Pub's Side Note: And we don't hear too much about the "Extravadanzas" in Waikiki anymore. What happened? Everybody gotta pay for the Da Rail Mess even if they want more.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Dancing in Hawaii

Dancing in Hawaii is doing quite well over all the Islands from what I gather on the Internet. On Oahu, I think it is doing quite well, except that most people in our dance scene do not know what's goin' on. Town Dancer had dropped down to less than 40 legit hits per day, but the scam spam robots hit just about now. I had allowed outside search engines and they have come in and my stats are very hard to explain, even to myself.

"Three things you cannot recover in life: the word after it has been said,
the moment after it has been missed and the time after it is gone."


Blogging Hawaii and Platinum Horseshoe were heading towards the upper 20 average hits per day even though both are SOS. The one that gets the steady Two Center and/or Guest Author will be the one to overtake Town Dancer and be on the road to independence. They are both leaning heavily into American Style of dancing and fortunately we have some of the best American Style dance teachers in the Pacific.



FloorCraft
By Raymond Long, Kalihi:

Town dancers seem to be doing all right. Everyone has equal rights on the dance floor, superior dancing skills, imagined or real are no reason to preempt other dancers. Dancing is not only for the enjoyment of both partners, but for all dancers.

Men, because they lead, are learning the art of floor craft and make every effort to avoid collisions with other dancers. No one wants to bump into someone else, but when it does occur, there is a no fault rule. This means that both parties should smile, say pardon me or excuse me and go on their merry way.

However, if this occurs very often to you, then the fault is obvious and we need not pursue it here any further.
Happy Dancing. Ray


The new night clubs in the outskirts will be leaning heavily into the American Style of dance too. We urgently need those people willing to share info and photos with their fellow dancers. They are the ones that will define the blogs. I must be patient. Meanwhile, Moanalua Corridor will be restructured due to the Rail Catastrophe, it had dropped down to 15 average hits per day but now increasing with the scam spam robot hits.

Pub's Side Note: Three of the most powerful tools for marketing a dance organization's services and products is through their Newsletters, Web and Blog sites. The benefits are many and it is the least expensive PR. They keep the organization's Name out in front of potential and current members, the media and Ballroom Dance Professionals.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Starting Over

It has been about three months but I think we finally have Town Dancer going more or less right. I had a hellavah time trying to get rid of the scam, spam robot hits and a few still get in there. But not to completely disrupt the stats.

"Only two things are infinite -- the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the former."
~ Albert Einstein

The other blogs are also proceeding very nicely though it is very evident that I have over diluted the readership. Which is OK, because the Two Centers and the Guest Authors will be the ones to define each blog and the stats will tell me what I need to know. And I am looking forward to see which one will be the first independent.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


The Western blogs, Sea Country, Moanalua Corridor and the Platinum Horseshoe are all new and perhaps willing to accept the new American style of dance much easier. The Rail Catastrophe has certainly help to bring out that difference. It is becoming clearer that the distinction in our dancing on Oahu is according to the size of the dance floor.

"City Lights" by Loyal Garner

The night clubs have the smallest and one must be careful with some of the movements that are just fine on larger dance floors. The regular social dance floors are next and you can certainly move around and include some of those good steps that our terrific teachers have taught us. And at the top of the line is the famous Palladium where anything goes and the International Style can shine with their excellence.


International is very rigid and any changes are made by "on high." American is the same, officially but many American Style dancers like to do their own thing. The best case of fusion is using the Mambo, Beguine, Calypso, Salsa basic in an American Rumba. Looks and feels natural as hell. And what is more it will not be a fad, because it is too basic and was danced in Rumba a couple hundred years back more or less the same way.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

People will be very likely dancing it two or three hundred years in the future too, in sheer joy of moving to the most beautiful Latin music in existence and there is more to come. Then on Oahu, there is the probable fusion of Filipino Tango into the American Tango. Can we permit it? It will be beautiful and you ain't seen nuttin' yet.


From John Prichett, Midweek, one of the best.

Unfortunately the destruction of life as we knew it on Oahu is at hand with the Rail Calamity. But fortunately, many of our dance friends are rich and will be able to afford the higher cost of living. Notice the prices on the eggs, bread and milk? Cheer up folks, the worst is yet to come.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Gotta Dance Studio

From the Ballroom Dancer's Rag, April 2000
Recent Explosion of Latin Music and Dance, Good for the "Heart and Sole."
by Pat and Bob Horne, owners of the Gotta Dance Studio.

You are invited to celebrate the beginning of the new Millennium by stepping into the world of the sophisticated, smooth moves and sultry sounds of Latin dance and music. This new and exciting music can be "expressive" as well as "impressive. I view Latin music and dance as a history of love that can be expressed as the "Heart and Sole" of our innermost feelings.


"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie."


The bands and the dancers seem to be coordinating with one another because the music is so tantalizing that you can't help but want to move to the beat. But is the Latin influence currently being heard on the airwaves and seen on the dance floor really "new"?

"Frenesi" by Artie Shaw

Each of the Latin dances - the Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Salsa, Samba and Tango have their own rhythm, step patterns, style and connections. Just as various bands play varied rhythms, the dancers can in turn master the different aspects of the music in their steps. Put the music and the dance together and you have Love Potion #9, a great Cha Cha Cha rhythm in retrospect.


In the 40s and 50s most of the Latin bands played Cha Chas and the Mambo. One of the most legendary Mambo dancers of that era was Andy Jerrick. Jerrick was hired to dance with the great Latin bands playing at the Palladium in New York. In the 50s, Perez Prado and Tito Puente were called the Kings of Latin, and let's not forget the artistry of Xavier Cugat and his Latin sounds.

"Maria Elena" by Jimmy Dorsey

Reportedly, in November of 1939, at the height of his success, Artie Shaw walked off and went to Mexico for a little rest and relaxation. While there he was entertained by Alberto Dominguez's rendition of "Frenesi." Shaw returned to the States, "Frenesi" was a big hit, and Shaw went on to write the song "Begin the Beguine" which is still played by many bands today.


As we move into the 2nd Millennium, a number of new artists are emerging on the music scene. They are exciting, modern, "today" bands, often playing variations of older musical themes. Some of the more famous include Ricky Martin, (Living La Vida Loca,) Lou Bega (Mambo #5,) Santana, (Smooth,) Marc Anthony, (I Need to Know) and many more.

My husband Bob and I believe it's a small (music and dance ) world. As the saying goes, "What goes around comes around." And so it is with the Cha Cha Cha and the Mambo.