Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Commitments

Most of our readers are acquainted with the Internet and how everyone is asking people to sign up for something. Many do not even make an effort of telling what you signing up for. They want information from you and perhaps commitment to them in some fashion. Beware. The Internet has a lot of good but it has also attracted a bunch of crooks.

"We can start by doing what's necessary - then we may be able to do what's possible. Suddenly we will find ourselves doing the impossible."


In our blogs we intend the minimum of commitment from anyone. Starting with the fact that the reader/dancers can tune into anyone of our blogs without saying boo to anyone. They can make comment in any of our blogs. And if they like, they can also become information contributors without asking anyone, just submit dance information and/or photos with your name. And it does not have to be your real name. You may use a pen name and try using the same one. You can do this as often as you wish and write whatever you wish as long as the readers know that it has nothing to do with others in the blog.


So we make it plain, that if you see competitors predominately displayed, it was because they were willing to share some information with their fellow dancers. If yours does not appear, it is because, you have not been willing to share with our fellow dancers. The decision has never been ours. This is a blog on its way to becoming Social Media. Dig?

"An Optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.
A Pessimist fears this is true."

Friday, May 27, 2016

Defining our blogs

We must be for the reader/dancers first and foremost. That is most of the "raison d'etre" for our blogging. We need information to share with our reader/dancers and I am physically limited in my old age. So first is the Two Center, the information contributor and there are many possible out on Oahu. All they have to do is email the info and/or photos and they will make the decision of what blog they wish it go into. Their contributed information is what will make our social media.

"Dance like there's nobody watching, - Love like you've never been hurt.
Sing like there's nobody listening, - And live like it's heaven on earth."


At some point any one them can decide when they are ready to become a Guest Author.  They in effect will have their own blog within a blog with ready made readers. They can open, write, post photos, save, publish whatever they damn well please and get out without saying boo to anyone. When we have enough reader/dancers we are bound to find some Guest Authors. Perhaps by next month we should have a couple.

"Haleiwa Hula" by Amy Hanaialii


With enough Two Centers and Guest Authors, the hits will go through the ceiling. The blog will be read by on the entire Hawaii Islands. Then I will make sure we have at least two Administrators (for backup) and I will phase myself out of the blog. It will belong to the Administrators and the Guest Authors and they can make their own rules. My best blogs will go independent, the junk blogs will remain mine.

 "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Willie K


Radio, TV, Newsletters, Web sites all are very good advertisers. And most look nice and are used very efficiently but they are all a one way street. Social Media eliminates the singular view even if we are not there yet, we are gonna get feedback. The reader/dancers will help because they will realize that they are helping everyone else.

 
Blogger's Law, number 22D
"Opportunity always knocks at the least opportune moment."

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oahu is Social

The hits are still being understood for what they are not. I have met a few during my studies and they have a blog or Web site for a very small group. So if their hits are in the single digit average per day, it is just fine as long as it is about 8 or 9;.When you are going for the entire city of Honolulu you should aspire to at least double digit average hits per day. If you are going for the entire Island, that is a horse of a different color. How about the entire Pacific Basin. Wow!

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong just because the majority
of the dancers share in it.”


When there were only a few Web sties and even fewer Blog sites on Oahu, hits were pretty easy to come by, But in this century the dance Web sites have doubled and the dance Blog sites have Tripled diluting the readership very easily. Fortunately the readership is growing and it will continue to grow. The results are that there are very few dance sites with counters. They don't want anyone to see that they are just beating their gums.


For us, it has evolved to include the entire Island of Oahu and that means the inclusion of the outskirts and the beach communities away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. This is an urban island but the Fat Cats of Honolulu want money. The best example is the Rail Disaster. People will long remember when they could get the #93 bus in Makaha at 6 am and get to Honolulu Hale in an hour and a half at 7:30. But it has always been the dollars, scholars.

"Social Crazy dancers go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the
face of adversity, and leap before they look. That's crazy."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Defining Our Blogs.

First is, who are we? Many years ago when I came into my thirties, I became aware of the phrase from the young people. "Never trust anyone over thirty." Most of us have accepted their definition and have realized that the young people want it that way. And that will do just fine with us - no Hu Hu, most of us can respect and live with that very nicely.

"Truth is so well obscured nowadays and lies so well established that unless we love the truth, we shall never recognize it."

So at leatt 80% of the dancers in the Hawaiian Islands are social partner dancers and over thirty, we are just fine and these blogs are for us. We have an awful lot of possible readers out there. And any information contributors have a ready made audience for their "pearls of wisdom." Just email them in with your preference of blog and we will post it.


The readers are first but the second most important factor in our Oahu blogging is the information contributor, also known as the Two Center. Simply because they all say, "I just want to get my two cents in." Some have made it pretty plain that they want to get this off their chest just this one time  but they want no commitments. Fine, we are lucky to have them and their opinions. And they will be welcomed again if they ever want to do the same.

" She Loves You" by the Beatles


Another important Information Contributor is the one that reports on an oncoming event for their club and specifying the blog of their choice. That can be a very important public relations because of the ready made readership. However they do not know how often they must do this. We are trying to tell everyone that they can do as they damn well please.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Oahu Well Covered

This horse race is proving very interesting to me. Amazing how the blogs are getting their hits. Town Dancer and Platinum Horseshoe seem to be the front runners. Third place is still to be determined in the coming week. The rest are still trying to get into the 20s in average hits per day. The entire enchilada is not that good.

"Dance like there's nobody watching, - Love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like there's nobody listening, - And live like it's heaven on earth."


But I have expected that in having so many blogs, I have diluted the existing readership. But I keep hoping to get some information contributors and perhaps a Guest Author somewhere to confirm my beliefs of where the new hits will be coming from. A resident dancer of the area makes a big difference and coupled with the coming action in these sectors, will make interesting data. And I got rid of an awful lot of scam spam robot hits.

"Pua Alani" by Melveen Leed


I am not going to give up on any of these blogs just yet. There is a lot of polish coming to these blogs and it will be done by the readers. I will have to have more definitions and in a couple of months more, we will see a difference and should get some readership. Then we can wait for a nice "public" dance club that will admit that it is a social dance club and they will knock every one's sock's off.

"Spread A Little Aloha" by Nohelani Cypriano


The dance clubs have been traditionally "ballroom" and have reluctantly accepted moves, patterns and entire dances from the "night club" sector. Line dancing is one of them and fortunately, Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the way in the Central Valley. Finally we can all hope to have the first independent blog by the end of the year.

"All Fired Up" by Pat Benatar

"Honesty is an expensive gift don't expect it from cheap people."

Thursday, May 12, 2016

West Oahu, still there.

Yes I have heard not to send your children to schools on the Waianae Coast. Some believe that they are the worst schools in the state. Mind you, they even think that our public school system is like 49th worst in the US. And please don't be fooled (as I was) and think that just because they are in the US that they can't be that bad. So you should also include schools in your researching!

"The way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants
and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible,
but in the end, they always fall. Think of it -- always.”

And watch what the Fat Cats in Honolulu are doing with the Rail Disaster. I don't love the traffic and in many places on this Island of Oahu, there is only one road in and out. And they are always doing road construction, or an accident or something else so that part does get pretty bad. Does it tell you something? But hey, I guess you have to make sacrifices somewhere. He He.

But what does that outburst have to do with dancing? - Not one single,
solitary damn thing.


Most of us are understanding that the "correct" way to dance has been established without any qualifications. This has been followed by the term "Junk" dancer applied to those that did not dance "correctly." And of course this sent even more people outta theah. But the good news is that more dancers are becoming aware of the entire enchilada. Take a look around you and you can see our dancing scene is taking on a nice social attitude.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


What was once a process of sending snail-mail letters to distant friends and communicating with Pen Pals has become a much more visual and therefore a more exciting activity. Twitter and Facebook have led the way. But unfortunately for us on Oahu, it is world wide. And we are interested in our fellow dancers on this island and perhaps the neighbor islands too. A Blog is different?

"Beautiful, Beautiful Hawaii" by Melveen Lecd


The blog as Social Media was invented just for us. It has opened doors to providing a much more interpersonal experience with our fellow dancers no matter where they live and dance in our Hawaiian Islands. Then too, pictures are a great way to express what words often can't. By attaching pictures of friends dancing at a new place your fellow dancers will be able to visually see what your stories can only tell them. It will take us a while to communicate all of this with our fellow dancers but we are not going to stop now.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

So Wot Snew?

The news from the Waianae Cosast is that it is getting better in spite of the Rail Disaster. Though there may be a homeless camp here and there and across the street a brand new million dollar home building. I always felt safe enough to walk around at night, enjoy the beach at night and have never had even a scare. I have, however, respected the locals and their customs (as you should do anywhere in the world) as I think that makes all the difference in the world as to how people treat you.

"Those who do not read are no better off than those who cannot"


Some of the very best beaches on this island of Oahu are on the Waianae Coast and I truly believe the people of the Waianae Coast should be able to live, work and play in their own kuleana. Visit Honolulu? Of course, sounds terrrific but we do not wish to do it every day. This has never been understood by the Fat Cats and the Rail Crisis in Honolulu. But we all understand, "It's the bread, Fred."

"Shaved Ice" by Loyal Garner


Believe it or not, on a Waianae Beach, you won't smell like someone else's sunscreen when you get out of the water, like in Waikiki or many other overcrowded areas. Any given day you can drive along the coast and find a beautiful secluded beach spot where you will be alone with nobody else to be seen. People here are so friendly and willing to lend a hand or anything to be neighborly. Tourists get more of the island experience for their hard earned money on this side of the island.

"Song To A Dream" by Nohelani Cipriano


Nowhere else on this island have I truly felt the aloha spirit more than the one place people told me never to go. I thought I would just stay in one spot and look around and find the right place. Kalihi was terrific, low class people but good friendships. I have been bouncing around and now I am stuck in Pearl City because it is close to the VA and the medical help I need to live a few years longer.

"As Social Dancers we do not have to practice. but every time
we dance we turn into a better version of ourselves."

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

We Still Have Hopes

Our blogs are not replacing traditional conversation on the dance floor. It is just one way to help facilitate it and add to it. It also allows for the conversation to occur outside of dance hours and for those ideas to be discussed at the next dance. There will always be dancers who do not want to participate. Our goal could be to find ways to encourage dancers to speak up, and social media might be the way. Let's get those dancers to open up and start to speak at the dance functions.

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_motivational.html

Currently our blogging situation is clearing up and we are getting clearer hits from dancers that are interested in dancing. However so far this month the stats are very lopsided. But these blogs are mostly me and that is referred to in blogging terms as SOS (same old shit) So I am sure, that our Social dance blogging on Oahu cannot have only one opinion. All of us need to know what the rest of us think about the entire enchilada.


Fortunately we are beginning to get some good Two Centers, those willing to contribute their 2 cents of  information for the benefit of the readers. HBDA, Kapolei Chapter is leading the way in Kapolei. Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club is leading the charge in the Central Valley. These people are definitely part of the dance scene on this Island. And they are going to get better.


This section of dancers seem to be interested in moving comfortably to their favorite music. Standing a woman on her head is not it. Throwing her over your shoulder is not it. All right for some and we can applaud at the right time, but it is not for the rest of us. We are more than willing to let you dance your way. - But - may we dance our way?

"Drinking good wine, eating good food and dancing in good company

is one of society's most civilized pleasures."


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Starting May

This is the defining month for these blogs. If I get a steady, information contributor all will be well. However if do not then I will seriously have to consider the elimination of one blog. I now know for certain that I, an unknown in Oahu dance circles, have the capacity of about 15 to 20 average hits per day on seven blogs.

"Truth has power, and if we all gravitate toward similar ideas,
maybe we do so because those ideas are true."


I have seen the effect of the several information contributors that I have had over the years. I am certain that every good steady information contributor is worth, 10 to 15 average hits per day. And I have had Guest Authors run up to 25 average hit per day. Of course, not every one can do this and I must have patience. It must be their decision, all I can do is hope.


We are slowly separating and bringing together the different groups of dancers on Oahu. You want to Line Dance? You certainly have this right. You want to dance Argentine Tango? You certainly have that right. By the same token, may I dance my dance, my way? No hu hu, we can just accept our differences, and we are all separate and unique individuals.


My foot is improving and I may begin to get around next month. I have not taken a bus in over a month. The Handi-Van has been a wonder to me at least once per week. But I expect to be able to use the #53 bus which stops a block away on Waimanu Home Road in Pearl City. Goes all the way down Kam Hwy to Aiea and then on the Freeway, getting off on Vineyard in Town.


I hope to make contact with a dance organization in this route. I can take my camera and pass it around, get maybe six to eight photos and some written items from a couple of the attendees. I can make one nice blog of interest to our reader/dancers and we can all see the results in the hits.