Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Update Good.

Amazing that this blog is holding its own among the rest of the "herd." This with very little push from me. Just reviewing all the good dance things out on the Island of Oahu. And at the moment Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Kapolei Chapter HBDA have contributed the most information and photos for the benefit of the reader/dancers in Platinum Horseshoe blog. A Big Mahalo from everyone.

“We should not fear death. Think of it, we had been dead for billions
and billions of years before we were born, and had not suffered
the slightest inconvenience from it.”

The best way to define our social media is to break it down. On Oahu, we have the usual three, the Big Ones - the Micros, the Established Ones - the Web sites and the Newbees - the Blogs.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

The Big Ones are the Micros: Twitter, Google Plus, Tumbler, Facebook, and the rest of that kind. Millions and millions of people are signed up and they all write something for the masses throughout the world. Facebook gets over 50 million photos per day. How much is read and by how many can have a very large range. Many have counters so that everyone can see how many people "hit," and they themselves can see if they are communicating.

"I Will Remember You" by Don Ho

Then we have the Established Ones, the dance web sites in Hawaii and some have been around for more than two decades. In the beginning most carried counters but they cancelled that when the blogs came in. They are usually updated quarterly. A few are commercial and the money is what counts. However in Hawaii, it is still a mark of distinction to have a Web site, whether or not anyone is reading it.

The Blogs sites are much more current and we cover more every day because even if I am involved daily I don't know what is happening everywhere regarding dance blogs. How does anyone know if the time they are investing in social media marketing is paying off? They don’t know unless they put a system in place to measure and analyze their efforts. They must use tools to analyze where their social media efforts are working best for them. They may need to adjust their efforts to maximize their social media return on the time invested.

Blogger's Law #22D: The time it took to rectify a situation is inversely proportional to the time it took to do the damage.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Social Media

We are definitely at the point of diminishing returns. One of our blogs has even dipped to less than double digit average hits per day and may have to be deleted. When and if we get the regular. steady Guest Author that we need in any blog of his or her choice, it will determine the fate of the blog. And fortunately it does not take much. Just sharing their dance information is all that is needed to make Social Media.

"A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from changing

the world, to sharing your shopping list."

And each new Guest Author blogging once or twice per month is worth at least 15 hits per day. So we are not really asking for commitment. You want to say something, dis da place. And there is so much dance information out here. So it is there - and most us will not realize that there will be an additional voice that is more than you by yourself or your fellow bloggers, that extra voice is called synergism. You got 15 hits and she has 15 hits. together you have 35 hits. How come?

And in the race for the best it is still Platinum Horseshoe and Town Dancer going nip and tuck for the top spot. Watch it and we will all witness the effect of one regular Guest Author on any blog. Of course it may surprise us on which blog. It is coming, Patience.

Monday, June 20, 2016

My Personal Blog Stats.

Looking better all the time. I have seven blogs in my sphere plus two outsiders who have counters. I just use the count on each one at about nine pm every night. I designed my own spreadsheet which I got free and my stats are very simple. But with the information from nine Internet dance publications, I have very good statistics to ponder. How many hits at the beginning of the month, how many to date, automatic difference to give me the total hits to date and the automatic average hits per day.

"Our prime purpose in this life may be to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

Many blogs out there are in single digit average per day hit. Ten average hits per day will account for about 300 hits per month which is not too bad. I must have a blog with double digit average per day hits. And the goal of my best will always be at least 33 average hits per day which is equivalent to 1000 hits per month. At that point I really have to go after Guest Authors so that I can phase myself out and let them take over completely. I cannot live forever and I can always help when I can.

"Time After Time" by Placido Domingo

The Blogs more or less in the Stat Order.

What is a Social Worker? The public definition says that they are trained professionals whose aim is to alleviate the conditions of those in need of help or welfare, but according to my present experience on Oahu, they are much more than that. I have been pleasantly surprised that these people have done such great work for me – providing essential resources and information. Thanking these people personally is not enough.  At my age, I would never have known how to maneuver through the system and maintain my sanity.

Blogger's Law #28B: If you don't care where you are, you ain't lost.

Friday, June 17, 2016


Healthwise I am feeling much better this week. My new assist from Ohana Health Service will come every Thursday and help clean up the apartment. I am so lucky that he knows something about computers. He was a big help yesterday, when we could not install Windows 7 into a new Win 10 computer. Best Buy will not accept a return after 15 days. Tough. So, I got a new desktop computer Win 10 for sale. First 250 dollars takes it. And of course the Win 7 OS disk which says it is from Microsoft. I bought from Amazon. Eighty bucks anyone?

“The truth among dancers is always an insult or a joke, lies are
generally tastier. Dancers love them. The nature of lies is to
please and Truth has no concern for anyone's comfort”

The stats remains pretty much the same and I am certain that the first key for all our blogs is the information contributor. If we can get the information to print, the readers will be there, specially because I cannot get around like before. But first the info, then the readers, not the other way around. And right now we need a few instructors of American Style of dance giving us their own pertinent views on dancing on Oahu.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Al Martino

Platinum Horseshoe blog remains in front by a few points with Town Dancer now in second place. The other blogs are just waiting for the Two Centers that will help define them. It is a lot slower process than I thought, but we are getting there.Then there is always the chance that someone would like to be Guest Author. I can coach them and they can have a blog within the blog of their choosing. And I have just opened the comments section on all the blogs. Use'em.

“Dance philosophy is like wine. There are good years and bad years
but, in general, the older the better.” 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Born Again

I am coming out of my fog gradually. My depression is getting less and I am getting to go out more. My feet, my eyes and my hearing are getting better. And I went to my first social in a year at the HBDA studio. The Handy Van picked my up at home at six and was to pick me up at nine. He was late but I never complain, they are doing just great for me. Had trouble with my camera and perhaps I should buy a better one. Then I can have some of my friends take some photos of their friends to post in the blog.

"Perfection may not attainable, but if we chase perfection
we just may catch excellence."

Got some photos from my Granddaughter Tracey of her son's graduation.

 My granddaughter Tracey and her son Jacob, the pride and joy of the family. Jacob with his grandparents, and the graduation scene.

Good and Bad news that Platinum Horseshoe is now at the top of the heap and Town Dancer is for the first time in second place. The rest are for the moment, also rans. The determining factor has been the kokua from Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and Kapolei Chapter HBDA. The readers should gradually realize what they can do. West Oahu is coming to the forefront in spite of the Rail Disaster.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Looking Bettah

Wow, the proof is in the pudding. Got two write ups for the coming shindigs on Saturday, June 11th. Kapolei and Ewa Beach Chapters at the Aiea studio of HBDA and I had to delete it upon request of Willy Dionisio.  Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club at the Wahiawa Recreation Center info was submitted by Aunty Maile, who is turning out to be one of our best information contributors. So the hits are going through the roof anyway. There is distinct possibility that Town Dancer will no longer be our leading blog.

"Stranger In Paradise" by Tony Bennett

I have been invited by Willy Dionisio to attend the social in Aiea and I am going. Gotta get outta heah. My feet fumble so I use a walker but I can get there on the bus. However, my fingers fumble and I need help to get the photos. I will take the camera and Willy says he can get some people to take a few pictures. I will also take some pens and paper to get a few comments. I can still blog mechanically, I should be able to make a nice blog on my computer at home. We shall get even more hits.that will put the Platinum Horseshoe firmly in first place.

"Please Be Careful With My Heart" by
Jose Mari Chan and Regine Velasquez

“We don't get to chose what is true. We only get
to choose what we do about it.”

My health does not seem to be deteriorating too badly. I am holding firm on a lot of fronts. My eyes need drops in the AM and Gel in the evenings, but it is not too uncomfortable. I am hard of hearing but my ears are not in such a bad condition as they have been since I moved to Pearl City. All the rest of my incurables (but not contagious) diseases will get worse with time but I may have a few years before I am in pain. Then the VA is doing terrific job of keeping my blood thinned to the right levels and keep me from having a heart attack. Now I have to do something about my teeth.

"I Will Remember You" by Jimmy Borges

Mentally my depression is slowly disappearing with the help of the VA, Brandi my nurse that comes in once per month and Wade who is my social worker who comes in once per month. The VA has shocked me. I am sure they do not realize what a great thing they have done for me so far. It should be easier once we get set up right and they realize that I want to make as many decisions for my life as I can. This is a terrific beginning.

"Young At Heart" by Frank Sinatra

I am getting better at receiving communication from everyone. I am hard of hearing so it is not easy. With some of our potential writers even the silence can be deafening. No hu hu, just understanding and I shall not bother them.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Early in the month.

So early and I can see that we are at the point of diminishing returns in our blogs. The total hits have been increasing at a very slow pace. Almost the entire blog sphere is with SOS. (same old shit) and we await anyone with some thing to share with the reader/dancers. Whatever it is, it will not be SOS.

"The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your
mind, your opinion, your vision. So write, take photos and
build, play, dance, live and share as only you can."

Added email, for easy contact, New phone at Pearl City

Town Dancer the steady blog remains on top though it has lost many hits to the other blogs. And every one there knows what will keep it on top. But this is through out the island and we don't have enough readers to get more readers. I am doing all I can with the outside micros like Twitter, Tumblr, Google Plus and Facebook.

"Makaha" by Bruddah Iz

Platinum Horseshoe remains solidly in second place because of Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club and their contributions for their fellow dancers to see. Dance Hawaii and Kapolei Chapter HBDA remain in the outer fringes and simply have not made a decision that we aware of. There is another gathering at Whitmore Village and we welcome them here anytime.

"Living Without You" by Nohelani Cypriano

Same goes for Dot's in Wahiawa and Just Tacos in Mililani. They are doing very well attracting the local residents. And when that new one in Waikele or Waipio starts we offer them all free public relations. The North Shore has some action starting soon because that Rail Mess will also affect them. And Tacos and More leads the pack on the Waianae Coast. Kapolei is being held back by the Present Rail Party. With them it has always been what they want, not what the people need. And more residents can see the Big Mess coming. Auwe.

 “There is only one of you in all time, your expression is unique.
And if you do not share it, it will never exist through
any other medium and it will be lost.”