Sunday, February 28, 2021

Micro Blogging

Since Blogger was launched in the 1990s, blogs have reshaped the web, impacted politics, shaken up journalism, and enabled millions of people to have a voice and connect with others. And some of us thought that the entire enchilada was just getting started. It had evolved from Web sites into a more current information distributor. A dancing blog gave us our own voice on the internet. It was a place to collect and share things with our dance world that we found interesting - whether our political commentary, a personal dance diary, or links to web sites we wanted to remember. Then came the Trump Pandemic and Social Dancing came to a stand still.

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing
is not to stop questioning.” —Albert Einstein.

The Micros arrive slowly at the beginning of this century, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and others. Micro blogging is an online medium that exists as a specific form of blogging. A micro-blog differs from a traditional blog in that its content is typically smaller in both actual and aggregated file size. Micro-blogs allow users to exchange small elements of content such as sentences, individual images, or video links, which may be the major reason for their popularity. These small messages are sometimes called micro posts. As with traditional blogging, micro-bloggers post about a wide range of topics.

"Blogging may be good for our dance reputation. A good entry in a blog
may set us apart as helpful people in our cultural dancing."

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Men Don't Dance

When you first start taking ballroom lessons a number of your male friends may reacted negatively. They may think it is funny or not manly enough. You may be told "Men don't dance". Are you kidding me? Men don't dance? How did we get to a point where it was considered unmanly to dance? Men, you are missing it! Married or single, the women in your life want to dance with YOU!!! How can you not want to dance You get to dress nice, meet and hold beautiful women in your arms (and they are all beautiful) and it's great exercise

“Social dancers think that sometimes it is stupid to hope,
but we all know that sometimes hope is all we have.”

Did I mention beautiful women? Men don't dance? The facts say something different: In Western aristocratic education, dancing was a requirement for a future courtier. A chivalrous knight was expected to achieve individual glory in war, as well as uphold virtues ranging from loyalty and humility to self-sacrifice and faith in Christian beliefs. He was expected to be courteous, loyal to his lady love, gifted in the arts of dance, conversation, music. So we have to adjust, somewhat here on Oahu, in 202

“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music,

and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable

Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” – Charles Baudelaire


Thursday, February 4, 2021


Many dance blogs are still personal accounts of one person’s dance experience. But blogging may be long pages of information and the Micro Blogs have emerged. Tweeter and Facebook among the most prominent and most have a very short paragraph and one graphic. If you surf the internet, you will come upon many of them. All of the blog readers are typically blog writers too. We are all reading each other’s stuff. And it is happening more in the Micro Blogs. Bloggers are starting to take a more deliberate approach to their content and finding a more solid audience via social media.

“Social dancers believe that if we lose hope, somehow we lose the vitality

that keeps us moving, Today we still have our dreams.”

Practically everyone that has a computer on Oahu is a blog reader today and, if you are breathing, you may have a web presence on at least one social network. In our dancing world on Oahu, it has all come to a crawl. No dancing to write about and no dancing photos and videos, Many have photos and videos from a few years back and they are very well received. A dancing blog may be a personal diary. A daily pulpit. A collaborative space. A political soapbox. A breaking-news outlet. Our own private thoughts. Memos to the world. Our dancing blogs are whatever we want them to be. There are thousands of them, in all shapes and sizes, so there are no real rules.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

Facebook and Twitter are much closer to home. The reader/dancers on this island are a smaller group and in a more personal manner.  In simple terms, a dance blog is a dance web site, where we write stuff on an ongoing basis. New stuff shows up at the top, so our visitors can read what's new. Then they comment on it or link to it or email us. Or whatever and it is all up to them, no requirements, no commitments. Cheer up folks, stay safe and we shall dance again.

"Social dancers know that you can make foolproof,

but you can't make it damnfoolproof."