Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year - Photos

We are not doing too bad. I am limited in the use of my hands and need help in taking pictures. Two or three people that know how to push the button and take four or five pictures each would be perfect. It also would represent three different views of the dance scene on that particular night and this is social media.

"Wishes for a new start and a better tomorrow.
Keep on smiling and keep on dancing."


I will repeat my findings with this year of blogging and photos. Two people in a photo are better than one. Three people are better than two and four are better than three. However, 40 are not better than 39 and 39 are not better than 38. The photographer can then make the final decision, and take the best picture for the blogging.

"I'll Weave A Lei of Stars" by Amy Hanaialii


Too many photos make a very good album and are perfect for a Web site. But not for a Blog site, you can figure out why. The environment on a Blog is much different and less formal. Socials are much more frequent, and that is the reason for my getting various opinions from different people every time. And the same blog every day is just too much. We are working on this and polishing all the time.

"Hawaiian Wedding Song" by Don Ho

The hits are getting more stable and I hope to have a better view of our blog scene by the tenth of next month. Hopefully we will have gotten rid of most of the scam, spam, robot hits that do not do us any good. How many legit hits are what we need and no fooling around.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas and Wine on Oahu

The land where the grapes grow.
Every great winemaker admits that great wine is made in the vineyard. To make great grapes, wineries focus on reducing yields, making their vines produce less grapes, so that the resulting wines are more intense. The location of where the grapes are grown also matters. It’s been noted time and time again that the best vineyards tend to be in an area where the vines struggle to produce grapes. For example, good grapes tend to grow on a hill with low-nutrient soils versus in fertile soils on flat lands closer to a river.

"Dancers know that there are days when you need that second glass of wine -- and there are days when you need that second bottle."


Fortunately there is plenty of that kind of land all over this world. There will be more good wine being produced in more places. France's influence in the world of wine has been diminishing for a couple of decades, with the good wines produced in the US and along the Andes Mountains in South America.  Looks like my days of looking at the world through Rum colored glasses will also diminish. I know, it will be more expensive.

"Silent Night"



I was lucky to be invited to a very nice Christmas Party this month and had never noticed so much wine drinking. Bottles on every table and I was so happy with being offered a glass of red wine by some good friends. All of these people were just sipping their drinks and anyone could see that the main thing was that they were enjoying the movement of their bodies to the beautiful music. Dancers have a reputation of not being drunks and with good reason.

"Dancers may see that our dance can be used as communication
with alcohol in limited amounts, the body movements and
the music to express what is too deep for words."

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Party in California

Received from my niece Yvonne, photos taken at the Christmas Party at my son Ron's house. I made a small collage, just to get something in. A very Merry Christmas to all, Mahalo.

"The spirit of Christmas is forever. May it leave its
 richest blessings in the hearts of everyone."


"Hark, The Herald Angels Sing"

Saw my Doctor at the VA yesterday and I seem be holding on pretty good. But it will get worse and I must learn to deal with it. At the moment I have to get a next of kin, to verify my wishes as the VA requires. And I only have one medical appointment for this month and that is for my Dry Eyes. I am very busy with my seven blogs but hope to bring it to six next year.

"I Wish You A Merry Christmas" by José Feliciano


I am looking forward to beating the drums for those dance organizations that wish to be helped. And yes, I intend to be careful not to step on any toes, just help wherever I can. Most of the new changes are happening in West Oahu and Line Dancing is having a good influence on styling. But that doesn't mean that anyone is holding us back in town. People can still do their own thing and on Oahu it is definitely moving to the music.

"Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another."

Friday, December 16, 2016

The Hits

The Counters and Hits.

I have a counter in each blog and it counts every time somebody tunes into the blog. I have been lucky that most have been legit hits. But now and then I get infested with scam, spam, robot hits from somewhere, usually from a foreign country. At this moment the most infested is Extrava Danza blog and most of the robot hits are coming from Poland. I cannot control this nor is Blogger able to do it, so I must put Extrava Danza on hold for a week or ten days.


"Business is something that if you don't have any, you go out of."


When I have started a blog my first magic number is double digit average per day hits. That is 10 or more which is equivalent to 300 hits per month. Anything less and you are just beating your gums. But ten hits is not really a hot blog. The next magic number is 33 average hits per day which is the equivalent of 1000 hits per month. Now that is communicating to the people of Oahu, our main readership. This includes mostly legit readers but also has search engines, such as Google, Facebook, Pinterest etc. And there are always a few scam, spam robot hits.

"Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" by Amy Hanaialii


At this moment, Platinum Horseshoe is averaging over 150 hits per day, legit hits. All because we have had good information contributors and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association social write ups. So the evidence continues. We need more information contributors and more groups to cover their socials and blog'em.

"Mele Kalikimaka" by Don Ho


Another big help has been that I share with other platforms. Every time I blog any of our blogs I also share with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. The entire blog is available on anyone of these platforms. All I do is press the button. In my stats, I can see two different type hits from each one. One is from their search engine and the other is from their readers tuning into our blogs. The entire readership is increasing and we are getting more hits from the neighbor islands.

"Good Dancing engages the brain. Great Dancing engages the Heart."

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Right Direction

This blog seems to be rolling in hits but I ask the readers to pay no mind at this time. Many scam, spam robot hits from Russia. They think they are going to get something from us. I just leave them alone and hope they go away soon,

"Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope."


Meanwhile we are developing some good Two Centers and we can share some dance information with our readers. This remains the most important factor in these blogs to make them into Social Media. The second most important is the groups or venues that we can cover. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Association did that for Platinum Horseshoe and the hits have gone up through the ceiling.

"I'll Remember You" by Don Ho


The reader/dancers want current information and the socials are the best. Party time with people you know, interesting write ups, nice photos and the entire shindig looks nice in a blog. Then I try to get some nice opinion quotes from some of the attendees. Make it even more social. Soon I will get that photo of a couple in dance costume, to make a "transparency" graphic. You will all know what that means soon.

Oahu Dancers got five fingers for good reasons-
Da Pinky, for our Ohana and the promises we will never break.
Da Ring Fingah, for that special other and hopefully forever.
Da Middle Fingah, for the weliweli kanakas that push us too far.
Da Pointer Fingah, to pick out the best in our Ohana.
Da Thumb, up to show the rest of the dance floor, that we are maika'i.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The North Shore

There has been very little on Mokuleia or Waialua and the rest of the North Shore has been pretty silent too. There is some action, they are just not sharing. Cholos Homestyle is doing good but they have their own Web Site and in Twitter they have thousands of followers, so they do not need us. So what little there is, in this entire section, is for anyone to see and they can make their own conclusions. Hopefully someone will see the advantage of a blog.

“Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings and make today worth remembering.”


We must be patient for a while and see how it evolves. I cannot carry all these blogs by myself, that is not Social Media. I tried a blog on the Windward side and many people did not realized it until it was too late, but I had already deleted the blog. The only one that made use of the increase in interest of dancing was the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and they now have a branch studio in Kailua.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

I am limited physically and I don't have much time left so all I can say is I tried, but I cannot do it by myself. The Moanalua Corridor blog "coulda been a contendah" but the Present Rail Party goofed that one up and it was deleted. It is too late now, but all of our blogs remain and if others cannot see the relationship then it is too bad. I am sorry but I must be on my way.

"Be My Love"
by Mario Lanza

Meanwhile, Platinum Horseshoe remains very comfortably in first place in hits. Town Dancer has no competition for Second Place and the rest of herd trails. When anyone of them get an additional steady information contributor, it will make all the difference in the world. Enough to get them firmly in Third Place. May happen before the end of the year.

Pub's Side Note: Where the Internet is about availability of information, blogging is about making information creation available to anyone, but the dancers gotta learn this. Patience.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Hits

On Oahu, most dance Web and Blog sites average single digit hits per day. That is nine hits or less - this is average. If you get 8 one day and get 10 the next day, your average is 9. All my blogs must be in double digit average per day in hits, and I give them at least a couple months before I delete.

"Yes, Dancers hate it when people who know nothing about them,
talk about them as if they do."


I have all the blogs on a spreadsheet program and I make my entries daily at around nine p.m. I start at the beginning every month. The first week or so, the average hits are very inconsistent.  Then they level off very nicely and only minor changes in status occur. At end of the month, they are pretty solid. And yet, Extrava Danza, the Live music blog and Ritmo Mestizo, the Latin music blog, remain at the bottom of the pile. Time will tell depending on the Two Centers.

"Stranger In Paradise" by the Four Aces

This month, the outstanding blog has been Platinum Horseshoe, mainly because of the write ups on the socials of the sister clubs, Wahiawa and Aiea Ballroom Dance Clubs. That was social media. And Platinum Horseshoe has many outside readers interested, mainly Google, Facebook and Pinterest. The results are over one hundred and fifty average hits per day at the end of November.

"Paniolo Country" by Melveen Leed

The results from coverage of the Socials has been very evident. The contributing editor is the next big factor. Now comes the possibility of a regular Guest Author for any one of the blogs to establish the consistency of Blogging as Social Media in Hawaii. Not every is aware of this and we go slowly using other media to promote our blogs.

"Beautiful Kauai" by Don Ho


I use the Dance Oahu blog on Word Press at least once per day. They automatically share with Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Tumbler. Then every time I use Blogger, I share with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. The results are that the hits are climbing up but very slowly. It has been mostly in name recognition. For the year, 2017, it looks good if I can get a few to help in taking over my best blog.

"Wine a little, it will make you feel better."

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Update

Ending of the week, and though not devastating, the blogs look very promising all around. Stand out remains Platinum Horseshoe, because of the blogs of the sister clubs Wahiawa and Aiea Ballroom Dance Clubs. First Google with plenty of hits, then Pinterest with plenty hits, now it is Facebook running up the hits to well over one hundred and fifty average per day. 4500 hits per month. Now that is communication on this Island.

"It is well understood that in any human endeavor, the more one
knows what one is about, the better the results will be."


And there is more proof in the pudding. The results of a social with photographs are much more impressive to our reader/dancers than ten advertisements wherever. Fortunately we have been getting good photos. Two is better than one person in the photos, three is better than two and so on. However, 50 is not better than 49. The photographers must make their own decisions.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


Our two low blogs remain Extrava Danza, the Live music blog and Ritmo Mestizo, the Latin music blog. Many people are fans of live music on Oahu and we also have many fans of Latin music on Oahu. But little feedback from our good dancers out there. A few items of interest would be nice, just email them to me and I will post. Announcements of coming attraction of Live music anywhere will also be appreciated by our fellow dancers.

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


The lady field mouse was to meet her boyfriend on the other end of the field for her dancing date. But on the way, she got caught in the farmer's reaper and she looked pretty bad when she arrived for her date. Her boyfriend took one look at her and exclaimed, "Honey, what happened? She said, "I've been reaped."

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving, Enjoy it.

The blogs are all in a nice plateau and moving up very slowly. This is mostly with only me and SOS. It is very definite what Wahiawa and Aiea Ballroom Dance Clubs did for the Platinum Horseshoe blog. The hits went up through the roof and we got Google and Pinterest very interested. So I hope to get another club to include in one of the other blogs. Town Dancer or Blogging Hawaii. The proof is in the pudding.

"Thanksgiving comes by statute once a year. But to the dancers on Oahu,
it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow."


The Pages in the blogs are just mini web sites and are pretty permanent without regular changes. I have several Pages in Town Dancer, among them a website, Dance Fever Oahu and Frank's Blogs. Just click the name and the Page will appear. On Platinum Horseshoe I just added the second Page and it is Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club with incomplete information. Perhaps they will email it soon. And we can wonder who will be next. Mahalo everyone.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner


In the past, dancing has been the action of moving rhythmically to music with a partner, a skill which most women possess naturally, but which a man acquired only for the short time in his young adulthood when he wished to meet and impress young women. And he usually abandoned dancing thereafter due to mysterious knee injuries. It is not the same in the Twenty First Century. There  are more men joining the groups of social dancers on this Island. Perhaps some day soon we will have an equal number of men and women in Line dancing. Ha! That will be the day.


Think it over, there are health benefits to dancing, it may boost memory, improve flexibility, reduce stress, diminish depression, help your heart, you may lose weight, have balance increase, more energy and more than that, you will make new friends. For men and women, you can't lose.

"What happened when the turkey got into a fight with the peacock?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him!


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Graphics

Yes, the best part of the week was the Turkey Trot Monthly Dance by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club. Unfortunately, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club, their sister club, had theirs on the same day at the famous Palladium. We have no news from them, but we have a complete write up on Wahiawa in the Platinum Horseshoe blog. Plenty of fotos furnished by Maile.

"Happiness depends upon ourselves - Life expands to fill your dreams."


A Graphic is a photo or other item in a nice background. When copied and posted anywhere, the entire rectangle is printed. In a Transparency Graphic, the background is transparent and whatever it is posted to, the original background shows and only the dancers appear in the new graphic. Most of the ones I have on my posters dating back a few years are from the internet and they are hard to find.


Now I found out how to make any photo into a Transparency. So I am now actively looking for photos of our local couples in nice costumes, in a dancing pose. I can then make each one into a transparency, and gradually delete all the ones from the Mainland and replace them with "our people." You may want to email the photos, best sizes are 50 to 100 KB. Bigger is not too bad but I have to push Photoshop to get them smaller without losing.


The better photos on our blogs are evolving very nicely. Most of it being learned by the amateur photographers in our dance field. Two dancers is better than one. Three is better than two and Four is better than three. However, 50 is not better than 49 and 49 is not better than 48. We got some very sharp people out there. And they are also learning to minimize the "peas in pod" kine. We are getting some nice candid group pictures. And the blogs are just looking better. Take it easy, Greasy, we got a long way to slide.

Who said? "On Oahu, many of the people who come for dancing lessons have Rumba ambitions and minuet bodies."

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Oahu Blogosphere

The end of the year is shaping up our blogs. Just gotta have patience and keep working at it. Platinum Horseshoe is now firmly in first place with Town Dancer right behind. All the rest of the blogs are struggling for third place. Nothing definite yet. Information Contributors (Two Centers) could put any of those blogs in definite third place.

"Dancers know that we could all learn from our mistakes,
if we were not so busy denying them."


I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving shindig on Friday by Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center. It is going to be a blast. They got some good people attending and they are all such good friends. No truth to the rumor of a keg of beer. For sure, Wahiawa and Aiea Ballroom have some of the best pot luck in the entire state of Hawaii. Then they got deluxe DJs too. They cant lose.

 "Aloha No Kalakaua" by Amy Hanaialii


Beginner's Class at Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club?

I may shift over from Rum & Coke to Wine, it may be healthier. I am doing a little research on the Internet too.  Age is an assumption when it comes to wine, however this mainly pertains to red wine. It’s important to understand what time really adds to certain wines to make them taste better. Time changes the taste of the fruit flavors in a wine as well as reduces the acidity and tannin in a wine. A well aged wine has fruit notes that lean more towards dried fruits and stewed fruits; they are much more subtle. As the acidity and tannin are reduced, the wine becomes rounder and smoother. Nevertheless, I cannot tell the difference in the taste of cheap wine from expensive wine.

"Skylark" by Jimmy Borges


The holiday season is looking very good for the dancers on Oahu. Dancing all over the place. We just had a very good Halloween fiesta on Oahu and now comes Thanksgiving. And many are already preparing tor the Christmas Celebration. The biggest blot on the canvas is the Rail Catastrophe. And the rich get richer.

"Life may be just a beautiful dance. We may make many missteps
but we will always find our rhythm again." 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Yes, Looking Good

Our entire blogosphere is holding up pretty good with Platinum Horseshoe now leading the blogs in average hits per day. It was mainly the blogging of the socials of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Aiea Ballroom Dance Club that did it. The hits went through the roof and, now ten days into the month, the blog is averaging over 100 hits per day. If Platinum Horseshoe could hold it at 100, that would be 3000 hits per month. Now that is "communication" to the dancers on this Island and beyond. It is bound to come down, unless we get another social from another dance club. Patience.

"Most dancers know that gossip is often shared by the misinformed
who often sound like fools."


Poland is now leading the audience hits on this blog.
All scam, spam robot hits.

I am learning to accept the search engine hits. Anyone can search in just about any browser and find Platinum Horseshoe in dance blogs of Oahu or anything similar. So I have been in the process of trying to get rid of the scam, spam robot hits, many coming from Poland lately. In the audience stats on most of my blogs it is the US in first place followed by France and Germany.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges

Meanwhile my second hobby is gathering Song Videos. And like anything I do, they come in three categories. The first and easiest to get is the Singing with a nice backdrop of mountains, valleys, ocean views and just looking pretty while you listen to the song. Sometime all you get is the cover of the album. Tough, not really a song video.

"Spanish Eyes"
by Englebert Humperdinck

Then I get a much better kind that puts me in the front row of the show. For instance I get to see Englebert Humperdinck singing "Spanish Eyes" in Las Vegas, on stage with full orchestra in view. Or Lucero, singing "Y Volvere" on stage with a full Mariachi band in the background. And she is wearing a full Mariachi costume complete with Sombrero.

"Y Volvere" by Lucero


Then even better yet is the art form, the interpretation of the story in the song, a short play with the beautiful singing in the background. The song and the story together can move your emotions. I put them on storage discs and I pass a few out when I go to a dance social. Mainly I would like them to be use for storage of any computer data you have. If I put a song video, it is just a sample that you can copy to your computer if you wish. You could then play it if you have good speakers or good headphones.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


Let me know of the next social and I will try to be there. I have to take a Handi Van but they are very good at getting me some place and bringing me back home. I just try to keep it close by. I also take the 53 bus with a bus stop a half block from my place. Goes down to Kam Hwy then all the way to Aiea. Gets on the Freeway and gets off on Vineyard, goes through downtown and the last stop is Ala Moana. I can make just about any place on this route, easy. Mahalo

"Dancing with the feet is one thing, dancing with the heart is another."

Monday, November 7, 2016

Platinum Horseshoe

It is now pretty definite that the reign of Town Dancer as the top dance blog is over. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and sister club, Aiea Ballroom Dance Club socials have sent the average hits per day in Platinum Horseshoe, up through the ceiling. We are making good contact with the reader/dancers on this Island of Oahu. With a couple good steady Guest Authors this may be the first blog to go independent.

"Most dancers think it is somewhat silly to think that
tearing somebody down is going build you up."


Most dance web sites in Hawaii average single digit hits per day. First day they get 12 hits, next day they get 6, average per day 8. Most web sites have eliminated counters from several years back. Then if they read their stats they would see that much is scam, spam, robot hits which is just crap. At seven days into November Platinum Horseshoe is averaging over 100 average hits per day. Now that is communication - Social Media. Will come down? Yes.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


I am trying to communicate with other groups but many believe I am selling something. Time will tell, patience. Two Centers are the most important at the moment. Dance news emailed in and published in the blog of your choice with your name. Later on some may figure on becoming a Guest Author, it is up to them. I want the minimum of commitment from anyone.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


"The book of life is free. And each page is written by us. However, like it or not,
there will be notes from others around us. And each page is different and
hopefully for the better. The time will come for everyone, the last page,
The End."

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Staying In

The entire enchilada is looking good and moving in the right direction. For sure getting to more places to blog the more readers we get. These beginning editions of our Blogs are fleshing out very nicely. If we can keep the information coming in, the reader/dancers of our growing dance community may continue to find it a good guide to make choices.

"Some dancers may question all the good things they hear about
others but believe all the bad without a second thought."


The photos are developing very nicely into large albums and there are places for large albums. But our blogs do not need too many photos, though I have decided to make two blogs for each dance social. And having different people take the photos presents different views of the occasion. And they are doing good in knowing that two people is better than one, etc.

"Blind Man in the Bleachers" by Loyal Garner


We continue to prune and adjust the blogging to give the best results to our reader/dancers. Social Media is slowly evolving a good group interested in enjoying a good dance without getting technical about it. We will also continue to respect the wishes of those that want to be included out.

"To touch, to inspire and to let us move to the music
is the true gift of dance."