Friday, April 28, 2017

what snew?

I am sure learning a lot, even in my old age. The first good thing about the dwindling hits on a blog is that I can use the low blog to make all my new experiments, even to redesigning the blog. What do I lose? Somebody like to try something new with me, send the suggestion and I will try it. maybe can do. We could look at Town Dancer as an innovative blog that came out of nowhere. They were number one in the hits for many years. Most were legit hits and way ahead of whatever was in second place. Then came Platinum Horseshoe and they have taken over first place very nicely.

"Competition Dancers love winners when they cry.
And losers when they try."


I hadn't tried "store bought" hits and as far as I am concerned they are not for me. For now the present blogs in our blogosphere are doing alright. Even with all the scam spam robot hits on my stats. West Oahu is developing slowly but very nicely. Slowly going up in hits, which is the way I like it but no sudden moves.  I am waiting for the dance club on the Waianae Coast. Platinum Horseshoe blog still stuns me. There surely have to be some good teachers of American style of dance that could write some real nice advice to our fellow social dancers. Dis da place.

"I Believe" by Frankie Laine


Whatever happens, the real deal will be in the feedback to all our blogs.  Just because nobody has ever done it before, does not mean it cannot be done. But here you have the opportunity to talk back without the blessings of your local gossip group. The entire social dance group awaits your opinions. And your independent and personal opinion counts with all our dance community.

"Others may make promises that they often break but Social dancers
make commitments that they always keep."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Blogosphere Review

The Race: It is Platinum Horseshoe in front by a length and a half. And mainly because of the kokua from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association. Town Dancer second by a length, mainly the loyal readers from the time when it was in first place. And Dancing in the Dark, third by neck. The rest are in the pack with Extrava Danza running dead last. The top three are also the easiest ones to connect to other local dance news and will be most eligible for independence.

"Dancers don't stop dancing because they grow old,
they grow old because they stopped dancing."


It has become apparent that the reader/dancers have the information for the others but they will not share, for whatever the reason. I am lucky when I can get some information and I can see the hits go up. The blogs are receiving few comments to speak of, so that is another shortcoming but we need some dancers to email us more information that we could share. Simple, the hits will go through the ceiling. Most dance web sites average single hits per day (9 or less) and deleted their counters years ago. Of course, in my short experience, this is not good enough for a blog. I must average double digits in daily hits. If any one of my blogs cannot cut it there, they are out.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett


I remember one that was well received of the Windward side of the Island by the cognoscenti. But regrettably there were never enough average hits per day, and it was deleted. We need diverse viewpoints of the dance scene. From the other side of the turntable would be unique. DJs could share their pearls of wisdom with our reader/dancers. Teachers have a wealth of information to share. And of course, there is the most important of all, the regular reader/dancer. We should all have a little fun working with it.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono


"The heart of blogging is linking --- linking and commenting - connecting and communicating. "Feedback?" Blogging is difficult because of the grind required to stay interesting and relevant. With guest authors, and diverse viewpoints, it is much easier. Nevah been done before? I know it.

That’s what the lady from Mililani said:
"I never remarried because there was never any need. I have three pets at home. A dog that growls every morning. A parrot that swears all afternoon and a cat that comes home late every night."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Journalism

In this century bloggers in Hawaii have been getting static from the Web sites in Hawaii. Lately there has been an equal amount of resentment from the Journalism sector. The following are all stray quotes from the Internet. "To think that blogging is Journalism seems dangerous and certainly misleading. Journalism is a profession, not a hobby. It usually requires research and some care in its execution. I guess we, journalists, editorialists, reporters, reviewers, could use Comment Is Free as a self-publicity tool, posting our most successful stories there after they've been published somewhere in print."

"Social dancers believe that one thing that can solve
most of our problems is - dancing."


"But then, that's what personal websites or newspapers' archives are for. I have always thought blogging was a more spontaneous, informal way of feeding (or blocking) debate. Silly at worst, thought-provoking at best. To blog seems a little like taking a shower: the experience is quick, fun and energizing and its good effects last but a few hours. Whenever I blog, I react quickly to a "fait du jour". I would not write in the same fashion if my post was aimed for publication."

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Lisa Ono


Blogs as social media may be subjective opinions of humor, not erudite and impartial analysis. The public is at present assaulted by news and pretend-news from many directions, thanks to the now infamous "internet." But the ability to transmit words, we learned during the Citizens Band radio fad of the 70's, may not mean that much knowledge is being passed along. One of the verdicts rendered by our elections is that, given their lack of expertise, standards and, yes, humility, the chances of the bloggers replacing mainstream journalism are still iffy. But if you are careful you will meet up with a lot of good blogging out there - and they are improving everyday.

"There are paintings, sculptures, books and music loved by some
and loathed by others. But no one can dispute that many
of our exhibition dancers are a work of beauty.” 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Part 2 WBDC Anniversary

Wahiawa is the present center of the dance action in the Central Valley with Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club being the anchor and 48 years old. That is good steady dancing unifying the entire enchilada. However it has always been looked upon as a semi private club. Fortunately, there has been some overflow for dancers at Dot's In Wahiawa and perhaps it will eventually evolve into a social dance club for all dancers.

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement,
achievement, and success have no meaning"


The fun continues and everyone is having a ball. Naturally. Leland plays a beautiful Tango and the dancers smile and get up to dance. Some are dancing Filipino tango, some are dancing American style and some are dancing International style. You can tell they everyone is enjoying the dance - even those that are just sitting and watching. And no one is looking down their noses at anyone, now that's class.

The last three pictures on my camera. I was expecting others but they have their own publications so I believe they should do as they please.

There were many participants there from other Dance Clubs and there is nothing wrong with that. It may even enhance the standing of their clubs. First is of course, Aeia Ballroom Dance Association, the sister club and attending does nothing to bring their reputation down. Many of us looking forward to Aiea Ballroom Anniversary dance on Saturday. Hey, we are dancers and we try to look favorably to anyone in dancing no matter what their club affiliation is.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

I forgot my paper to get more opinions but I at least got one from Maile, Unfortunately it was for me. I mean it for all who express their opinion, it is for the dancers, the participants, the attendees, - they are the ones that make it a social function.

"Thank you for so much for coming to our dance, we are honored
to be able to share our 48th Anniversary with you.  We are
 honored to be a part of this wonderful history of the
Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club."
Leland and Maile Yagi


I got ready to leave at 8:45 but the Handi Van did not get there until after nine, then the driver had another pick up and I did not get home until ten. Still it was a lovely day. Got home, ate, set up my drinking mix and got on the computer for the preliminaries for this blog. See'ya Saturday.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Moving slowly but steady

Two of our Dance blogs that are fairly new, get 11 to 14 average hits per day, but they are slowly moving up. The good ones with fairly current updates get 17 to 19 average hits per day and some will occasionally go over 20 average hits per day. Our top three, are way over the required amount to be essential. And the bad part is that there are too many scam spam robot hits in the counters. Most at the moment coming from Russia.

"What social dancers see in this world is a mirror reflection of their own thoughts. If they have ugly thoughts, then the world becomes ..."


For most dance "Web" sites it is in single digit average per day hits. That is why most have removed their hit counters. Blogging is now a communications mechanism handed to us by the long tail of the Internet. But blogging is a conversation not a code. Blogging may be a new communication and a new poetry. And the social dancers are beginning to recognize "Social Media."

"Y Volvere" por Lucero


At the moment the most important part of blogging is the feedback. This means two way communication which has never been permitted before our time. At the end of every blog is a portion for comments. Easy as pie, just try it. I said it was green. You can comment and say it was blue. No hu hu, you have just expressed your very unique opinion. And opinions are like noses, everybody's got one, and of course everyone has the right to use it. This is Social Media.

"For social dancers, dance is not just a sport - it defines us."

Monday, April 10, 2017

Rolling Along

Music Is Life, it is love, it is joyful and it is peaceful
Music is a journal, it has feelings and it has emotion
Music tells stories, it is unpredictable and it is exciting
Music holds memories - Music is Dance.


There seems to be a new swing craze in this new century in Hawaii. The Swing Dance Club on Oahu is getting better all the time. Good music and good people. The enthusiasm is there and it’s seems to be the same enthusiasm for the dance when I was young because it was something new for a lot of us. And now, at this period, it’s something new to these youngsters. It’s just that it’s a different environment altogether. When we were coming up, we danced to live music all the time. There weren’t any tapes and CD’s and very few record players.

"Take The A Train" by Duke Ellington


We didn’t even know what a disc jockey was. If we went to somebody’s house, there was someone playing a piano, or some kind of instrument for the rhythm, for us to dance to. If we went to a ballroom  -- it was unheard of if they just had tapes. So it was always live music, a live band. And by us being able to dance to live music, to musicians, we were able to feed off the music that they gave out and they were able to feed off our energy. So it was an interchange between the dancer and the music. That may be the difference that is happening now with live music or recorded music.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


For one thing that is happening for sure is that the more experienced and knowledgeable dancers will go less into the fad dances. Those dances will be for the young and the new - but let the young have their fun and they will enjoy the next one that comes along. We cannot dictate what to dance to or what not to dance to. If they are happy, go for it. The Lambada lasted more than five years. Meanwhile, I will have me a Rumba to some nice music next time out.

 "There is always space for improvement, no matter how long
the social dance club has been in existence."

Thursday, April 6, 2017

The Plans

This blog like all the others goes up and down on the hits and I average the hits daily which minimizes the fluctuations. Then I have the totals on the combined blogs and they fluctuate very little specially towards the end of the month. I am making my plans now to make Platinum Horseshoe blog the first independent and they now average over 100 hits per day. The total for all our blogosphere increases monthly. Feedback is of the utmost importance and we should realize that it has never been done before.

"The year so far has been tenderness for the past, courage for the present
and hope for the future. It has been our fervent wish that every dancer's
cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every
path may lead to peace and goodness for everyone."


So we need that one steady Guest Author in any blog to establish the trend. They could get their feet wet just commenting in the comments section of any blog.  Then they could become an information contributor by submitting information and/or photos to the blog of their choice. Then the blog can evolve into their own kuleana and the group that will be needing such a blog. Since it will be the best one we got, they can't lose. With one additional Guest Author they could get to 200 average hits per day, which translates to 6000 hits per 30 day month.

"I'll Never Smile Again" by Frank Sinatra


I can then resign from Platinum Horseshoe in good conscience and the members will discover new ways and means to make it even better yet. I have my work cut out for me with the remaining blogs. For sure, I am learning this business better than anyone else for now. I can begin working on the next blog for independence and it could be this one. The best blogs will go first. The junk blogs will remain mine. The hit counters will guide us.

"Dancing allows us to learn about our limitations and strengths, our
ability to cope with adversity and to get farther than we thought
we could and - we find out what we are made of."

Monday, April 3, 2017

Anniversary Ball

Received from Pan Pacific Officers and Directors by Email.
Blogger's Law No.22B: It is impossible for an optomist
to be pleasantly surprised.

Received from sister Eleanor in California, biblical quotes.
Matthew 25:21
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were
faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.
Enter into the joy of your lord.”