Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Don't Quit Now, Jack

I really don't understand that with nothing to report this blog is doing very well. Also in spite of the Rail Disaster that is already messing up the works something awful. It is evident that we have some good dance organization out there with very good membership.

"The only time you should look back is to see how far you've come,"

Meanwhile all we can do is help promote all the organizations that allow their members a little freedom. When they start laying down too many commandments, it's can get pretty bad. But the entire dance atmosphere on this island is improving specially now that the influence of the Creative Researchers And Producers is receding, and taking the Rootzi Tootzis with them.

 "A Very Special Love" by Debbie Reynolds

We are like the genie, "Free, Free, Free." And the Universal dancer, the Social dancer, the Cultural dancer is evolvng with full appreciation of their fellow dancers. The entire dance structure is looking very good.


This blog is now firmly in second place behind Town Dancer.
Ready for the Guest Authors to take their place in the sun.

Pub's Side Note: Our dance blogs are what all "dance websites would like to be" updated on a regular basis, containing various points of view that are of interest to a select or target audience, before and after the occasion.. Information easy to update and change. Our reader/dancers are gradually picking up on this action. This is where it's at.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Contact? Very Little

I am committed to figuring out how to market these blogs even though they are just for fun. No one is making any money here. At least not blogging. But I am determined to show the reader/dancers that these blogs can be very valuable for our entire dance scene.

"Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul and Mary Ford


At the moment I will focus on getting that additional Two Center. Just a person willing to share their thoughts and photos with their friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. Once a week, every two weeks, once a month? Whatever, they will make the decisions. And one more good example will make it easier to get more and make these blogs into social media.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces


We can try to focus on what’s important to where we are in the process. We must use the time we have wisely with the help of the others and keep pushing forward. I am determined that I am going to make this work no matter what, - until I run out of gas.

Blogger's Law #41:
All gossip at the Palladium is true. Do not be misled by facts.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Steady

I am meeting dancers from all over the Island of Oahu. And in the last half of the 20th century, it has centralized pretty well in downtown Honolulu, like all big cities. The Rail Disaster has shown us what we really need and for our type of dancing. centralizing is not necessary. We can do very well in our own kuleanas. Waianae Coast is one, The North Shore is another and of course, the Windward side too.

"There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist."

There are natural divisions within each sector and we have gone along with whatever. We are getting some interest and we are covering the dancers where we can get the information. Some consider their information private, and we must respect and ignore them. We will have plenty of others that will realize the value of Public Relations in a blog.

Moanalua Corridor is well into the twenties average hits per day, which is twice what the normal web or blog site on Oahu gets. According to the list of the top blogs in Hawaii, you can be in the top twenty if you have over 30 average hits per day. (900 per month.) One good steady Two Center would swing it for Moanalua Corridor.

"Music, Music, Music" by Theresa Brewer


Photos: Many send dozens of photos to Facebook and figure they have done a good day's work. They have no concept that Facebook gets 350 million photos per day. You forgot one photo? Will someone miss it? Yeah, Man. Gotcha. However that one photo is a gold mine in one of our blogs, and it will be seen by your friends, relatives, neighbors and fellow dancers. Also increase the hits on the blog which is a benefit to everyone. Big difference.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Moving Slowly

We do have enough bloggers who are committed to a dream. In Hawaii, we have close to one million websites, perhaps 100 thousand blog sites and 10,000 being added everyday. Some of these websites and blogs won’t make it past the first two months.

"To move to our favorite music, to inspire, that is the true gift of the dance."

For many, there is the excitement of something new and the content will flow freely. But, as time goes by and there isn’t a ton of fame or income the excitement fades. If you have a counter, you may notice that you are in single digits (nine or less) average hits per day. Reality sets in that this is hard work and you may wonder, is it worth it?

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

You may learn that there is a point of diminishing returns and by yourself there is a limit. There is the make it or break it point where web or blog sites die. Your lack of fame makes your contributions of information into SOS and the variety for more interest is not there.

Then you know, you need different view points in your blog to make it truly social media. A different method of getting comments. And for us in the dance environment it is going to be crucial. Any point of view is important to our friends, relatives and fellow dancers. The Two Center will be an important part in the development of our blogs to eventual independence.


The best example we have now is Willy Dionisio of Kapolei Chapter HBDA. Just contributed photos and a beautiful write up of their Social. The hits on the blog Platinum Horseshoe are going through the roof and everyone benefits. Willy and the members of Kapolei and Ewa Chapters, HBDA, the total dance environment in West Oahu and of course the blog too. It is totally a win-win situation.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Falling Down

I fell down twice and fortunately got well patched up at the VA and I am now using a walker. They have me in physical therapy and I am learning very nicely. They also got me a cane that I can use for short distances for now. Hopefully I can wean myself out of the walker and just use the cane. Perhaps, (I can hope) I may dance again. It will take time.

If you are going through hell - keep going, you'll come out of it."


Chances are you know of a dancer who has been critically injured or has died from falling. Each year according to the State Department of Health, 85 seniors (65 and older) in Hawaii die. 1,960 more will be hospitalized and 8,700 are treated at emergency services - all as the result of falls. All I can say is "watch it, be careful!"


Meanwhile I hope to find a Two Center for the information needed to share with our reader/dancers of the Moanalua Corridor. With regularity of local dance action, the hits will go through the roof. Many years ago, in the limelight, were the Aiea Ballroom Dance Club and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. They were the prime source of dance action, but no more.They have their own Public Relations set up and we must find the ones that can use our help.


We will continue to do the best we can for the entire Corridor. We never did find out what happened to the Kapiolani Ballroom Dance Club. They had dance classes at the Newtown Recreation Center. Line Dancing is practically unknown here as far as we know. Just give us E for Effort, we try.

Update

Three quarters of the year has almost gone by and the blogs are definitely nearing the point of diminishing returns. For only one person, and rather unknown at that, I am not doing so bad. But of course, that establishes a point that the Two Centers will make the difference.

"Party hard, make mistakes, dance and laugh endlessly and do
the things you are afraid to do. You only live once."


The bottom of the pile in hits. But we cannot blame anyone. It is the newest
blog and whatever has been there is very private. We will be patient
for the first Two Center willing to share the news.

Town Dancer is still number one in hits but mostly taken over by the scam, spam robots that are running it into the ground. And Blogger programmers don't have a clue. And of the eight remaining only three show great promise. Blogging Hawaii, Platinum Horseshoe and Moanalua Corridor. And the only thing holding them back is the lack of Two Centers.


 Near  the bottom and also new to the game. Latin is very splintered,
mainly the young and the old. Also the two specialty factions,
Tango and Bachata-Salsa. The elders will prevail.

The rest are in the teens average hits per day and the same values exist there - just one Two Center will make the difference on any of them. Needless to say, the amount of hits is of benefit to everyone. It is a win-win situation. No one knows? Yes, I know.

Pub's Side Note: Social media in dancing is not about technology, it is about
psychology. The tools are always changing but the concepts -- the
engagement, transparency,  sharing and entertainment -- do not.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Twitter

I have four twitter accounts and they are doing their job. Nothing is magic, it is work and the results are slow, but effective. Most people do not really know what a blog or micro blogs are. They may be ignorant but they are not stupid. Many people really learn how to work it and run up thousands of followers along with thousands of following. And many are looking for more. Strictly out of my class.

"Yes, I know, idiots can ruin your day. Don't let them do it."

I set up my own agenda, got four twitter accounts and decided to keep it small. I had to start in the beginning to get anything and soon got too many. So I got picky and began pruning. I narrowed the field to only the Hawaiian Islands and I am now very well on my way. I have about 300 that I am following and I have about 150 followers in each Twitter. I am making better contact with people with which there may be the possibility of meeting some day.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

And even better yet. many are already introducing me to others. Of course, I am picky there too. Anyone who has more than 1000 total following and followers is out. Sorry, but I am just not in their class. And I want to keep it to about 500, 600 total. We can have a nice friendly gang. And I fully expect some to participate in the blogs.


Meanwhile the results are more hits in all the blogs and we must realize that it will take time. We will get some nice Two Centers willing to share a photo or two and a few comments for their friends, relatives and fellow dancers

At A Standstill

I  remember when Jimbo Johnson was blogging up a storm and the hits were going through the roof. I certainly hope the readers will be picking up on the action soon, That one very valuable Two Center will make all the difference in the world.

"Always walk through life as if you have something
new to learn and you will."


With this blog I give anyone who may be interested the opportunity to get information about dancing in our section of the island. People are realizing that we had a sizable group of dancers and they were coalescing into a nice tight community. The Rail Disaster has brought a lot of this dancing to a screeching halt. So it becomes necessary that we help each other and more dancers and more news, the merrier.

Hopefully the new club in Foster Village or Salt Lake will emerge and we are here to help. Let us know so we can jump start your Public Relations. Moanalua Corridor "coulda been a contendah."

 "Lonely Summers" by Carol Kai

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 should respect. Meanwhile, I have to find those I can help and I do not have too much time. I have work to do and I must be on my way. Good luck to all.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coasting

We are waiting patiently for whatever happens in the dance environment in this area. Amazing that the hits though low have remained at the same level. A solid Two Center would really move these hits. Moanalua Corridor looked so promising so long ago but Information Contributors have just not been there.

"Can we remember what we were before the dancing world
told us what we should be?"

Receive email from Aunty Maile in Wahiawa

 
 I thought to stick this into this blog because we not getting
much information from elsewhere. And Wahiawa is
right around the corner from Pearl City.

Then the two Studios and the Night Clubs do not know about blogs. They think only in terms of money. The coming upheaval with the Rail Catastrophe is shaking up the entire section. Many people are becoming aware of the terrible noise that will generated. The value of property close to the Rail Disaster was projected by the Ivory Towers to go up. Now everyone knows, you have to get as far away from the rail mess as possible, for more reasons.

"Till I Waltz Again With You" by Theresa Brewer

Hopefully the news on the new Dance Club in the Salt Lake area will prove true. This blog will remain open because of the Good People and because we all have hopes that the hits will remain in the twenties average hits per day. We hope to be able to help the dance environment wherever we can.

Pub's Side Note: Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They are not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them, because they change things.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Problems

We should all understand by now, that nothing goes smooth as silk and that goes specially with blogs. We just had what could have been a big problem in the Town Dancer blog but was resolved fairly easily. A guest author posted a blog with a graphic and the blog could be seen but it would not scroll to the next blog. I sent feedback to Blogger.

"For dancers, one day just seems to be better. There is no easy reason why, you just wake up and you are not angry anymore."

The guest author deleted it and I posted another blog to test. It did not scroll, and I sent feedback to Blogger again. 15 minutes later I could scroll like always. Meanwhile, I have suggested that the old blog be posted again and we would know for sure if it was in the graphic. If so, the graphic donor could be notified of the malfunction. I am sure that the donor would not do any wrong intentionally.


For a while there I though we had lost the Town Dancer blog and I was making preparation to move everything over to Blogging Hawaii. I would wait a while, then delete Town Dancer and we could even change the name of Blogging Hawaii to Town Dancer. But we are doing fine otherwise. Keep dancing and cheers to all of you.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tough Times

I just got wind of the news. HART has been able to get the record of when the property owners were complaining that the evaluations for property taxes were too high. The prices may have gone up but they will use your price to buy your property. They have to make Big Bucks and somebody has to contribute for the good of the Present Rail Party.

"Our strength does not come from what we can do - it comes from overcoming the things we once thought we could not do."


We may have to dance in the streets.

HBDA seems to be doing pretty good in Aiea but they keep it pretty well hidden. May be for HBDA members only, we don't know. One Aiea club is more oriented with Downtown Honolulu, the rest seem to be coasting. We don't hear anything about line dancing but they have been mostly private clubs.


But this blog is just holding up in hits and needs some news from any Two Center out there. One willing to contribute their two cents for the benefit of their friends, relatives and fellow dancers. A photo the gang with the location, occasion and the first names. Would be a beautiful starter.

Pub's Side Note: "Not everything that counts can be counted,
and not everything that can be counted counts."

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Nuttin' Doin'

Moanalua Corridor still looks promising but I lack Information Contributors - the Two Centers. The two Studios and the Night Clubs (think "money"). Not too many are fully aware of what a Blog is. The blog will remain open (because of the Good People) but I will cool it for a while. The hits are going down.

"Spending the day complaining about yesterday,
will not make tomorrow any better."
Since I have spread myself too thin, this a terrific opportunity to play around with. I even extended the territory to include West Kalihi. I should make some kind of decision by the end of the year. It will depend largely on the horrible effect of the Rail Disaster. At one time Moanalua Corridor "coulda been a contendah!"

"La Comparsita" by Edmundo Rios


What will save this blog and send it up in hits is the Two Centers and the guest authors. They do not have to be journalists, writer, authors or whatever high class terms you wish to use. If we can just get some dance information to share with our friends, relatives and fellow dancers

Most of our dance organizations are oligarchies but we may be phasing into a more democratic form through blogs and the many Two Centers and Guest Authors that will evolve. It may change to be the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. Some political theorists have argued that all societies are inevitably oligarchies, regardless of their supposed political system. So what do I know?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Our Blogs

WWW (the World Wide Web) was installed in 1989 and since then the business world has regarded the Web site as the cure all and to be used as Social Media. Many to this day remain as beautiful monuments to those that designed them. And they have evolved into that flash of jewelry that marks your success in business.

"There is always some reason to be positive. Don't let negative things
stop you from seeing all the good around you."

They have done an excellent job, however their only defect then and now, is the frequency or non frequency of the updates. They are in effect, digital versions of Newsletters, weekly, monthly and even quarterly. You may be just beating your gums but that is not point. The point is to have a Web site to show to your loving public.

Then along came the Web blog in the nineties,

A blog (a truncation of the expression weblog) was a discussion or informational site first published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent post appears first).

Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single, usually well known individual. Occasionally, there were small groups, and often covered a single subject. More recently, commercial "multi-author blogs" (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited.

However our intentions, since we have no income, are to have individuals running their own blogs within the main blog and lending synergism to the reader/dancers available. I have nine blogs and four have established a permanency about them in the 30 - 40 average hits per day. The other five are still up for grabs below the 20s.

At the moment Town Dancer is the only one with Guest Authors. They have over double hits of the best of the rest and each guest author is definitely different. Our reader/dancers are not in need of clones, so we hope and accept that each new one will be different from the rest.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Chugging Along

We are not getting much news from this sector and of course, we know it is going to pot in a hand basket because of the Rail Disaster. So first thing I did was to extend it to the outskirts of Kalihi so that I could include the following.

As I said before, - "I never repeat myself.” :-)

Meanwhile we are missing a lot of action from Kalihi to the Stadium, much of it may not be destroyed by the Rail Catastrophe. If the other dance clubs are not moving, this is a good and ready place to start a new Dance Club. As per usual the biggest problem is finding a place to dance. Many old timers in the Ivory Towers still think of Dance Halls as a rowdy environment.

Social Dance as it is commonly being developed in the Malls, Cafeterias, District Parks and Community Centers along with many in the Night Clubs is emerging as a very clean and decent activity for adults to play. But our legislators do not have a clue.

"Dance on" by Anita Bryant

So what is lacking is us, including me. I do not believe we have too many blogs for these islands at this point but none of us know for sure yet. I think we are about there and ready to be filled in by Two Centers and Guest Authors. "Social Media" will set in and the time will come for their independence for all of them. Someone will do it and they can all count on me for help. This coming year will tell the tale.


At any rate, I had been treating them all alike, and that treatment has resulted in the blogs being in natural groups but a few points apart which of course reaffirms my theories. I must continually make decisions of which ones to push. The hits on the blogs will lead the way and tell me.


 Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Publ's Side Note: All of these Blogs claim no credit for any images posted on our sites unless otherwise noted. Images on this blog may be copyrighted by the respected owners. If there is an image appearing on this blog that 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.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Update - Right Direction

I am still hoping for Town Dancer to be the first completely independent blog on these Islands and our best example of Social Media. That is quite a mouthful and not fully understood by many people. And so to begin with we just need more Information Contributors. Then we can work on getting the Guest Authors for they will make the blog.

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."

It is just what it implies. People will contribute information of their own kuleana wherever it may be. Their portion of the ballroom is not the same view as my portion of the ballroom on the other side. No hu-hu, just understanding. And we can share it with our reader/dancers.

"Around The World" by the Red Hot Chili Peppers


We don't have one per cent of the population of dancers as many countries do. But I envision two per cent for this Island if we can just spread the source of the information around a little more, out in the open. And not only from on high, we can get good feedback from our fellow dancers. We should get more dancers going for the fun and enjoyment of moving to music. And that should cut down the clique gossip kine which is already being cut down with the blogs we have now.


"If you take care of your health, your health will take care of you"


Monday, September 1, 2014

Wahiawa

Looked around for some news but most of it private so we must respect. Meanwhile we still have this in the works and it is not too far. Wahiawa. If you live in Pearl City it is just a skip and jump. And Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is one of the oldest dance clubs in existence.
 
 "It's not the difference in people that causes problems,
it's the indifference."


"Dahil Sa Yo" by Julio Iglesias (1973)

New quarter starting out so perhaps we are in a lull while waiting for it to start. But anyone can let more people know using this blog. Most of the action has been out of the Corridor and we may look forward to a good month of dancing in the West.


The Professional Dance Studios continue to ignore us. Kapiolani Ballroom Dance Club has classes in the area, but we don't hear from them. I have still to find a line dancing group willing to share with their friends, relatives and fellow dancers in the Corridor. We have a way to go.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

The entire West is slowly and solidly moving ahead, as people become aware of the Rail Disaster. It is solidifying the Second City concept and we are no flash in the pan. There are good dance flickers in Kalealoa, Ewa Beach and of course, Kapolei. There is going to be dancing in the West. And there will be something going in Waikele, Waipio or Mililani.