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 akamai.

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.