Sunday, May 31, 2015

Looking Up

There are sparks of dance in Niu Valley and Waimanalo. I hope one of them rubs off on this blog. A Good Two Center is what we need to share dance information with our reader/dancers. This blog still shows signs of making it.

"A complete life depends on what It was lived for"

While still the most popular social media network – Facebook is starting to lose its cool factor. If you search for “facebook losing its cool” on google, you’ll see thousands of entries. It has become too commercial and it benefits the big guys. And even though they’re approaching a billion users, the uptake has slowed down considerably.

You can also notice how loose the “active users” stats are. Just because there are so many users – there is only a small fraction that is actually active. They get 350 million photos per day. That is every day. They missed the one you didn't send yesterday. Ha! Locally, you can communicate better with your email.

"Shores Of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


Enchanted Lake looks pretty good too. However they just may be too rich for dancing foolishness. Since we lost Facebook, we got on Linkedin and Word Press and the hits still going up. We must be patient. Something will come around. Comments and a good Two Center will move this blog ahead very nicely.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Going Great

Web sites and Blog sites are there but what do they do? The fact remains that until and unless we spend some time marketing our content not many are going to read it. This is one of those topics that most of us in the dance environment do not know much about. And many don't care.

"Do not wait; the time will never be just right. Start where
you are, work with whatever you have, and better tools
will be found as you go along."


And it hurts even more when we have spent hours trying to come up with a wonderful topic and created that perfect blog post we think will engage our readers but no one seems to notice its there. And it happens specially to single club Web sites and single blogger Blog sites where neither one is very well known to begin with.


It is hard convincing content marketing strategy to dance clubs and night clubs who do not understand the concept of creating content and distributing it freely to their potential members. More so is convincing them the concept of promoting that content so that more people can access that content easily, the pertinent dance information and the photos.


However, for a complete and a successful inbound marketing strategy, promoting the content through social media networks is an important part that should not be missed out on. Even though there is no set formula for a wild social media success, there are still a few steps that work and if taken properly would ensure our content gets the limelight it deserves. Each social media platform works differently and it is imperative to understand those differences to utilize these platforms to the fullest.

"Shave Ice" by Loyal Garner

Check out the recent Dancing Nights blog by Richie Fun with his good Two Center, Marie. That is "blogging" for the dancers. It is communication that works.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

We Advance

Rarely does a restaurant delivery guy hope to make his career delivering food. Rarely does a sales clerk hope to remain a sales clerk. Rarely does the entry-level manual laborer hope to stay in that job forever. In our dancing circles, high-level dancers tend to attract high-level praise. Bronze level dancers often feel invisible; an unseen, unnoticed, unappreciated cog in the machine. But they are committed to get better.

 "Our sun may set this afternoon, but it will be sure to rise again tomorrow."


And that's a shame, because every dancer -- and every person -- deserves to be treated with respect. In our dance circles we don't have "Ala Wai dancers," or "Junk dancers. Every level of dancing is important and should be allowed to be enjoyed. Every dancer is important. So pick someone at your club. Or pick someone outside your dance community, and let them know that they are doing just fine.

"Shores of Haleiwa" by Loyal Garner


"Suerte [Whenever, wherever]" by Shakira

Doesn't matter. Just don't just offer a throwaway, "Good." Say "Good" and mean it. Or any sincere compliment will do. Or ask a question that shows respect for what that person does. For that moment, make sure the other person knows you see and appreciate them as a person, not just as a lost low level dancer.

We are going to be real social dancers in the real meaning of the word.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Slowly

This blog is slowly coming back very nicely.
It is hard to predict what problems we will have solved in our dance environment on Oahu. And of course new problems will arise. But we are gradually getting together to help each other, not tear each other down. That can be a big help for all of us. And the information and photos shared on these blogs will certainly help the situation. It will not be geared to anyone one club, but by, to and for the dancers on Oahu.

 "Enjoy the little things in life, because one day, you'll look back
and realize that they were actually the big things."

Received ABDA-Hawaii.com - Maile 1:00 AM

To: Maile Akaka Yagi
Saturday May 30, 2015 Full Ballroom -- 60th Anniversary at The Palladium
Theme Colors: Black, Red, & Gold -- (Asian Theme)


For Tickets or Information Ask any ABDA Member
or Call 808-292-1400 or 808-282-8430


"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

After downtown Honolulu, the most heavily populated area in the entire Hawaiian Islands is the Moanalua Corridor. And it is due for the biggest bust up in history with the Rail Disaster. But the Big Bucks gotta be made. It's the dough, Moe, and the Fat Cats in downtown Honolulu rule. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Rising East

Should it be crucial to interest dancers in science? Most dancers on Oahu have some ember within them that carries their soul of curiosity. For many it is almost extinguished and could be fanned. For others it is like a flashlight with bad batteries. Just need new batteries.

 "We can consider ourselves a crayon. We might not be your favorite color,
but one day you are going to need us to complete your picture."


"Singing In The Rain" by Gene Kelly

We live in a time where it is possible to reignite our interest or reveal a goal that we didn't know we had - whatever empowers our curiosity about our natural dance world. When we see a problem, we can wonder how we can solve it. Rather than wonder how fast we can get away from it.


"Besame Mucho" by Englebert Humperdinck

We are gradually getting some good social dancers in the area that are aware of the rising need for a dance club in the East. Freeway travel and downtown traffic is becoming more of a hassle as the years go by. And we have at least 500 terrific dancers all the way up to Enchanted Lake. Good dance crowd and I have heard that we have a good dance studio in the vicinity. We shall dance on Oahu.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Steady as she goes.

Copyright law protects original creative works, such as software, video games, books, music, images, and videos. Copyright owners generally have the right to control certain unauthorized uses of their work (including the right to sue people who use their copyrighted work without permission). Fortunately on this blog most of our people are on the right track.

"Everyone has the right to their opinion. No one has the right
to be wrong in their facts."


Even if you have permission to use an image, you may need additional permission to use what is in the image (e.g., a photo of a sculpture, a person, or a logo) because someone else's copyright, trademark, or publicity rights might also be involved. You are responsible for obtaining all of the permissions and licenses necessary to use the content in your specific context. For us we must make every effort to avoid any of this. What we get from our readers should be permissible. Mahalo.


 And yes, we are all beginning to understand that the Rail Catastrophe is going to mess up the works for all in this area. But those people gotta make the Big Bucks. Millions and millions of dollars in profits. We have to find places far enough from the noise and the upset of the buildings around them. The Moanalua Corridor is the sector that will be developing the best. We will make it in spite of all that big mess. We shall dance on Oahu.

Pub's Side Note: A good idea of what is coming in from our good Two Centers is in the blogging of Richie Fun in the Town Dancer blog and the Dancing Nights blog. Good news for the reader/dancers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Progress

We are making it, slowly but surely. I have reached the limits of our blogosphere and I will leave it at eight blogs and several micros. It is only a matter of polish and getting those good Two Centers that are out there willing to share information with their fellow dancers. Fortunately we are getting some links from Niu Valley and from Waimanalo.

"You don't have to look back all the time. You are not going that way."


All music for dance has suggested speeds by the different disciplines. But for most dancers they will dance to whatever they can get that is danceable. The bandleaders and the DJs will make most decisions. However we have a choice of preferring some over others. If the Bandleaders and the DJs pay attention they will know which ones and which speeds are the best.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


We are also getting a little interest in dance in the Enchanted Lake and Aina Haina areas. This is the blog to get your stuff in. A photo of the gang would be appreciated by all. Comments, good and bad are also welcomed by our reader/dancers. We could develop a good group of Two Centers in this blog.

"If its right then great. If its wrong its an experience and a lessons learned"

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Dance Club

Yes, I heard about it in town, but most people realize that there are enough dance clubs in town already. And the Rail Crisis is going to screw up lot of people. Now a perfect spot for a new dance club is between the Stadium and Chinatown and far enough away from the Rail, steel on steel noise. There are plenty of dancers living in the area, many of which attend town functions only.

"Start by doing what is necessary; then do what's possible;
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

Of course, dozens of dancers on Oahu who began as social dancers become interested in raising their level of expertise. Specially at the Palladium where they can see an advanced form of dancing that becomes a highly skilled and almost an athletic performance. And there are many that become interested in participating in exhibition and competition dancing. Shouldn't be any hu hu there.

We should all be able to understand and be supportive of these people. None of us are clones and we do not expect clones. We are all individuals with individual likes and dislikes. However we can also accept that many of us are just social dancers and that is the way we get our kicks.

"How Do You Mend A Broken Heart"
by The Bee Gees

Sorry folks but in Facebook I am out. Five years ago, it was easy to set up shop on Facebook and stand out. Just having an ordinary page was a marketing advantage, because you had access to a new pool of players and most web sites were either too lazy or unaware of any serious challenge. And there were too few dance blogs available.


These days however, there are millions of Facebook pages for everything from Tide detergent to kayak rentals in Tanzania and the whole system is becoming increasingly more commercial, competitive and challenging to navigate. Those who had the foresight to get into the game early are now reaping the benefits of that audience.


Those who are entering the field late are having a considerable uphill battle in front of them. It’s much, much harder to stand out in a crowded marketplace and that’s exactly what Facebook has become. They get 350 million photos daily. They missed one of yours? Those that have a business find their engagement, content creation and of course advertising costs way up. So I am out, Thank God!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Facebook. Out

Now that I am definitely out, I'm finding it harder and harder to recommend Facebook to any of our reader/dancers.Yes, they have almost at a billion users.Yes, they receive 350 million photos daily. Yes, they have ridiculous amount of traffic. Yes, they have one of most powerful ad targeting systems. But that is not enough for me.

"Clouds will come floating into our lives, but they will no longer carry rain 
or usher storm, but add color to our sunset sky."

I just have a feeling we’re seeing the crest of Facebook’s domination and you may want to look more carefully into diversifying your digital assets. It’s not focused on users anymore. Some time back, Facebook started shifting its focus away from keeping users happy to keeping advertisers happy.
It seems that most of the “improvements” made were and are oriented towards revenue generation rather then user retention and engagement.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

Meanwhile without Facebook, (and I have also deleted Pinterest,) the average hits per day on our blogosphere continue to increase. So I must concentrate on the blogs I have and they can promote each other. The Two Centers, of course, will tell the tale. More Two Centers willing to share information give us more local readers. And then the possibility of getting a Guest Author from that group.


There are plenty of dancers in this sector but most are Downtown Oriented. As the traffic situation gets worse, more people are thinking more locally and there are more into social dancing. A Community Center with a dance floor one quarter the size of the Pallidium? Wow, perfect and dis da blog.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Blog?

Just met some young people from a religious organization trying to help in Nanakuli. They do not know what a blog is. I was amazed. It maybe possible that many of our readers are not very sure what a blog is either.

"We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery,
guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate.
The world is all gates, all opportunities."


"Knock Three Times" by Dawn

What Is A Blog?

In general a blog features articles on a particular topic. Ours is mostly on social dancing, but it may include many other things of interest to our reader/dancers. These articles are usually displayed as a list of short article descriptions in date order with the newest article at the top. And in our type of blogs, only one person blogging is referred to as SOS (same old shit.)


We have several classes of blogging people. It had at first been the reader/dancers as most important and we know who most of them are. However with time we have found that the Information Contributors (Two Centers) are the most important factors in our blogs. Those willing to share information and/or photos with their friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow dancers. And definitely not SOS. With Two Centers we got readers. Simple.


Of crucial importance are the Guest Authors, (also not SOS) who may get in, write and post photos, publish, save and get out all on their own without saying boo to anyone.  Eventually they will become the real meat and potatoes of our blogs, and become the owners, information contributors and readers of the blogs. With enough Guest Authors they will run up the hits and I can resign and they can make their own rules.

"Morning Dew" by Bruddah Iz

Most of our blogs will continue to focus on social dancing but many will introduce other types of dance too, such as the peripherals, like Salsa, Line, Swing and Tango. Many blogs will be much more broad and cover multiple topics like local dance news and current events. They can also be more personal, it is all up to the individual Guest Authors. They can write whatever they damn well please.

Pub's Side Note: Check out Richie Fun in the latest Dancing Nights and Town Dancer blogs. Now that is blogging. We are not born with it, we learn it.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Getting Closer

This blog is not too bad for the beginning of the month but definitely at the bottom of the pile in average hits per day. I have no idea how long it will be viable. As with all our blogs, it will depend on the Two Centers to furnish bits of dance information and a photo or two for the blog of their choice. That always runs the hits up. Four or Five people in each photo is very good.

             
In the West everyone is just trying to get away from the Rail Catastrophe to conduct business the way it has been done for decades. The Rail is now being recognized as the biggest mistake that Oahu has ever made, with full knowledge by the Present Rail Party in Honolulu, that "Rapid Transit" was a deliberate lie. It will never beat our present bus system which could have gotten better but for them. Millions and millions of dollars in profits, right now.

"At The Party" By Buster Poindexter


Competition dancing is a much different kind of dancing and many of the high class people in the East are interested. Social dancing is developing quite nicely but they like Downtown and it will grow faster when we have more inter island blogging.

 "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters 


Looking over the dancers in the West, they seem to be getting better all the time. And they seem to be social dancers in the real meaning of the word. They enjoying moving to music. They don't have to worry about, heel, toe, toe, heel. Or is it the other way around?  Our dancing is very basic, and the most easily accepted by the dancers in the studio clubs, social dance clubs and night clubs.


"You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do."

From several hundred different dances and styles, it is hard to keep them to a social minimum that can be enjoyed by many men and women interchangeably. But the instructors teaching American Style of Dance are doing an excellent job. The results are there, getting good dancers and that is what counts. This type is also going into the Night Club circuit and we are standardizing social dancing to facilitate more people into our game.

Solid,Jackson

Even with all the scam spam robot hits, which are decreasing, this blog is still on solid ground. When we get some info from Dream To Dance studio and perhaps a new dance club this blog will be rolling. We have a good area to cover, from Chinatown to Pearl City. Of course much of it is in the Rail Catastrophe area so we must be careful and look for the best locations.

"The real measure of who we are is what we do with what we have."


Most of King St is good and School Street is better, but Dillingham will be a disaster. The noise is going to drive people bats. Steel wheels on steel rails, but of course there is more profit on those and the Present Rail Party is already making millions and millions of dollars on that project.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed

Meanwhile there will be a Dance club that will see the need for a club where they can please themselves a little better. Perhaps even go en masse to the Dream To Dance studio dances. Make their entire dance world a little happier. With a couple of good Two Centers, the hits on this blog will go through the roof.

  "It requires a very unusual mind to make an analysis of the obvious."

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Amazing

This blog holding up good in average hits per day. Of course, at this moment much of it is scam spam robot hits, which make the counter very useless. This blog just needs a couple good Two Centers willing to share their dance information with their fellow dancers.

 "There is no telling how many miles we have to run
while chasing a dream."


From Dancing Nights blog by Richie Fun, and not copyrighted.

We do get some posters which are good "advertising" but which in blogging we consider "communication." And it is only 40% of public relations. 60% is what happened at the festive occasion. The items of information and photos that are the real meat and potatoes of good public relations. And we are slowly get those in here.


There are many in the micro blogs that are very aware of the party information and photos of the occasion. Single, doubles and even triples are not very interesting. Four or more in each photo gives the readers the idea that there were "people" there and everyone was having a ball.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The best bet at this moment is the Dream To Dance Studio. Good people and good dance instruction and plenty of fun times too. But most of the information we get is copyrighted and they could hang us up by the thumbs for that. The Two Center is the salvation. Just email whatever information you are willing to share and a few photos. Now that will make a blog. Somebody out there? Anybody?

"What A Wonderful World" by Bruddah Iz

About the nearest to town I can get will be senior housing in Wahiawa. Not too bad, the #52 bus can get to the Kalihi Transit Center in 20 minutes. From there it is a skip and a jump to West Honolulu and Downtown. Nine to ten month wait list. Can anyone get me in sooner? Medical Reasons.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Update

For all blogs, I will be more or less permanently disabled, I will not do much, and every thing will slow down. I expected to delete one of the blogs by the end of June, but now I will wait until the hits slow down to single digit average per day. At this time, it will in all likely hood be this one.

“It should be possible to be the change that you wish to see in the world.”


"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho

If you wish to see a blog in progress, tune into Dancing Nights blog and you can see what a fine job Richie is doing.The hits are going through the roof. Now if we could just get one more Guest Author, WoW!

    
Most of the dancing will be in the West to spite the High Priced Choo Choo train. Most know how the Present Rail Party operates. Look what they just did to the Freeway going to the West. Auwe! Lucky you people live in the East. Meanwhile I am looking for Senior Housing closer to town. I must go to Tripler much more often than once per month as I use to. Wahaiwa looks more promising soon. Nine or ten month waiting list.