Saturday, April 28, 2012

First Sunday Edition

As long as I have this blog that is on its way out, I may as well experiment. what do I know? And as most of us are aware, Web sites are set up very meticulously and then updated periodically whenever the Web Masters are so inclined.

"Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize when we are only looking for a lucky break."

I am going to try to set this one  up also on a periodic basis, but every Sunday, The new blog will be known as The Blogosphere Weekly. It can update news on the other blogs and cover whatever dancing action we can get for the coming week. I already have some hits so I may as well take advantage of them. I may have short additional in the middle of the week.

Then perhaps we can get some information contributors that are willing to get their feet wet for all the blogs. We will continue with our guide, "of the dancers, by the dancers and for the dancers" and of course this does not include all the dancers. We don't have room for everyone and our blogosphere has been developing for some time.

"Wishin & Hopin" by Dusty Springfield

It requires only one thing, the desire to help our fellow dancers. And  blogging is what we do best. We don't have any registration fees, or annual or monthly meetings or dues. And everyone does pretty much as they damn well please. Those that choose to be excluded will understand that it was their choice.

It is pretty simple. And the total hits on our blogosphere keep going up and as our people have more access to the internet and get more knowledgeable on its use, they will tune in and tell their friends too. Town Dancer is no longer on the front burner of going independent. It will be joined by Oahu And Beyond and we will see which one becomes the first independent.

"We build too many walls, - and not enough bridges."

Then there is Mister Blogger himself, Calvin who with his wife Debra will be attending Blackpool. The hits on Town Dancer will go through the ceiling of the top floors on all buildings. And meanwhile I have work to do with the blogs in the West.

Pub's Side Note: Oahu - West will hit 5000 hits in May, 10000 total hits in August! Not likely?

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Phase Out

For a blog that is being phased out, it is amazing that the hits are still coming in. But it has always been that way it takes a little time for the reader/dancers to realize that they must find another blog on dancing.

"One company I work with showed me how the traffic on his company’s site doubled since they started blogging. In fact, the blog (inexpensive) has more visitors and views than the corporate website (expensive). Well, there’s some measurable ROI in that case."
 ~Mike Sansone

Meanwhile, I have been making some changes in design slowly and I am learning. By the time this blog gets down to 22 average hits per day, I can delete it or change it into another type blog and make future changes in the other blogs too, maybe with the suggestions from the Guest Authors.

"My Happiness" by Connie Francis

If I can get one more Guest Author for Town Dancer, I could teach those people some of what I learned so that when they go independent, they can make their own changes as they see fit. There is so much to getting this blogosphere ready for independence. I would like Town Dancer to be first because they are so far ahead in hits from any of the other blogs in Hawaii. Hopefully we will have no more than two blogs with the same Guest Author. I want to stress the independence of each blog which is no guarantee. They can do as they damn well please after their independence.

"Be My Love" by Mario Lanza

 I have come across a possible new dance club in Honokai Hale. There maybe over 50 that have been going to Honolulu and the Moanalua Corridor for dance classes for years. They have dancer friends on the Waianae Coast too.That is good start. What is more is that they have contact with one of the hotels that "might" allow them the use of some dance floor space for classes and perhaps regular one day weekend dancing. If they don't have a Web Site, it sounds like a good beginning. Then if they can get it at Ko'olina Resorts? -- or perhaps they may just keep on dreaming.

"For last year's words belong to last year's language, And next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning." ~T.S. Eliot

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Another Blog Pau

It has been very carefully explained to me and I understand perfectly. The ones that can use the help of the Moanalua Corridor blog already have Web Sites that are racking hits up to the heavens. Stands to reason and this blog has had over two years to run which has been enough time.

"We cannot hold a torch to light someone's way, without brightening up our own."

So I have decided that Moanalua Corridor will be phased out and and I will use it as a test blog to learn my blog design. In my other tests, most dance web sites will have ten to 20 average hits per day. I believe Kapolei gets about 15 average hits per day and for being new and way out in the sticks, that is pretty good. It will eventually get to the 20 hit mark as the best dance web sites do.

So that when Moanalua Corridor gets down to 21 -22 average hits per day, it will be deleted. The reader/dancers will have made the ultimate decision. But it shouldn't be so bad. The territory can be taken over by Oahu - West and that should be a dilly, from Makaha all the way down to Mapunapuna. Wow! It looks very promising to  me, but what do I know?

Anyone that does not have a web site will be more than welcome. With the new dance club coming into formation in Ewa or Aiea, plus one night club, and we already have the Elks Lodge and the Fleet Lounge it should be rollicking good blog. I know I repeat myself but in blogging the reader/dancers are the ones that make the rules.

"To Love Somebody" by the BeeGees

For sure Oahu And Beyond is really taking off. I look forward to a couple of information contributors and perhaps a Guest Author. The hits will go through the ceiling. They are now well known in the neighbor islands, only need the first contact. And of course no one can even hope to touch Town Dancer in hits.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Down Continues

The downward slide in hits for this blog is still going in spite of all the prospects ahead of us. I did hear that one of the studios does not have a Web site. There can be some hope there. Of course they may think in terms of cost, they all do. They have no idea that Blogger furnishes the blog for free. All we have to do is use it.

"I am, in full disclosure, a member of the Media Elite. I’m a Conde Nast editor, run a glossy mainstream magazine, spent much of my career at The Economist and consort with known journalists. But nothing annoys me more than the oft-heard assertion within media circles that without us blogs would be nothing." ~ Chris Anderson

We must be patient, I will let it slide to less than 30 hits per day and give it a couple more months. Central Valley is not doing very well either. We lost Dot's In Wahiawa and Wahiawa Ballroom Dance Club has a new Web site. Hopefully, the new dance club in Mililani will develop, together with increased action in the Night Club scene. A line dancing group would be icing on the cake.

Sometimes I get a little impatient. But it helps that I do my data daily which gives me a big clue. For instance, the total average hits per day for all the blogs has gone from 200 last year to 350 now, in spite of having deleted one blog a week ago. So the recognition of blogging is becoming quite evident, and it is going to get better. There are no five dance Web sites together that can equal one blog from Calvin Ota in Town Dancer. Wanna bet?

"Let's Dance" by Benny Goodman

My health is not up to par, so I must limit my trips to the various venues. We need information contributors to give the reader/dancers something to read. Photos always help. Hopefully you all know that fo' or mo' in a foto is mo' bettah! Da Spin Doctor at the Elks Lodge in Pearl City and the Fleet Lounge on Nimitz could do for starters. Bring it up with some action at Ige's 19th Puka and we have a very good beginning with the night club scene and hits averaging over 34 per day.

Then with the new club about to come into existence this blog will have it made in the shade. I have not heard anything about it for almost a month. I am here to help, specially if they don't have a Web site. Fortunately they make the decision, I help or I bother. Ha!

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Prospects are there.

Though the Dance Guide blog has been deleted, we cannot give up on Moanalua Corridor just yet. Too many good people in this sector. First, there is the Elks Lodge and the Fleet Lounge covered very nicely by Da Spin Doctor and we just need a few more people aware of having a little fun on a Tuesday evening in the West.

"OK, I’m starting a blog. Why shouldn’t an officer of a public company start a blog?
Hey, life is short. At some point, take all this to its logical extreme, and this is how we’re
all going to be communicating anyways. Think about it." ~Jonathan Schwartz

Then we certainly need an information contributor of the doings at Ige's19th Puka. All in the same area. There is some dancing in the Westgate area but strictly for the younger crowd and I have been informed, "We don't have your kind of dancing." Clear enough for me.

Fortunately the old school club dancers are very receptive of dance step changes. And Rumba is the best since they do not dance much of it. The Arthur Murray schools use slow, quick quick: 1-2, 3, 4, for the basic movement in a box step. This is called "square rumba" in England.

Arthur Murray took Fred Astaire school to the courts for using "his" square basic and he won. Then Fred Astaire used the Cuban Guaracha which uses the rock step and applied it to his square in a quick quick slow: 1, 2, 3-4.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

And, of course, the International style has the 'slow' spanning two bars: 2, 3, 4-1 (with the hip movement on 1), which is more like the real thing. Cuban rumba was accented on the 2 count. Victor Sylvester, being English, covered the international style in his book, very well.

Few published books cover the American style since the Murray and Astaire chains seem to like keeping their syllabi secret. Club dancers don't have to worry about anyone's syllabi. Though we must have some conformity in order to be able to dance with each other.

From, there we need some information from the two studios in the Corridor but both seem to be satisfied that there is a wealth of information sharing with their Web sites - their decisions. And of course, we have hopes that the various dance clubs will decide they could use a little PR "in addition to" their regular steady sources. We anxiously await the ones that do not have a Web site. Those we can really help to get the word around.

"Sentimental Me" by the Ames Brothers

This is all starting to evolve in our cultural dance using the American Style of dance as the base. Dance Guide was deleted on Monday. I had stripped it of all the doodads, so people wouldn't count on them. Now the entire blog is gone, - there may be another time, another place.

Pub's Side Note: How about the rock step and slow step for the rumba basic? Break wherever the accent is and just go with the rhythm. Easy as pie and the ladies are wonders, they follow very easily.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

More Competitions?

From Carl Higuchi, Pearl City

American pop culture in the '90s offered up movies like swing-themed "Swingers," and retro big bands on the radio. Americans, quick to latch on to a trend, hit the dance floor. Suddenly they understood what their grandparents already knew, organized dance moves could be fun, and a great way to meet the opposite sex.

"How pervasive are blogs today? Three of the top 10 social networking sites measured
in a recent Nielsen report on the state of the media are blog providers —
Blogspot, WordPress, and Tumblr."

A few years later, ABC began airing Dancing with the Stars, the reality show in which has-been celebrities paired up with professional dancers. The show's ratings soared. Popular films like Shall We Dance? the Mad Hot Ballroom and Take the Lead have fueled the fire. The Hawaii dance studios were roaring with a good men/women ratio. And then someone sensed that something was going wrong. Some have hinted of too much of a good thing. Competition, competition, competition.

"The Tennesee Waltz" by Theresa Brewer

With all we have read on the subject, not many people have gotten the point that the regular social/universal dancer is the important one. Anyone can move in joy and the young do that very often. Unfortunately as they get older they learn to subdue their inclinations.

But moving to music is quite naturally different, as anyone can see when some person with earphones on is trying to keep from moving in public. The music is first and foremost with a Universal dancer. Then is when they want to move and they want to move differently to different music. In the disciplines they can dance full routines with nothing but a metronome. And they look that way too. These blogs will hopefully evolve for the social/universal dancer.

This blog will get some action when more people realize that they are indeed social dancers.

Pub's Side Note: Where is that new dance club forming? If you don't have a web site, blogging may be the answer. We will give you all the PR we can give you. Write ups. your photos etc.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reviewing the Bad Stats

Dance Guide blog is on its way out. And the decision was made on the Monday the tenth of this month. It should be officially deleted this weekend.

"It should feel genuinely good for your counter to get hits from your blog — you should
be driven by a healthy ambition to succeed. If your blog provides genuine value,
you fully deserve to earn all the hits your get from it." 

Now I have had time to review the stats of Moanalua Corridor and there has not been much improvement. So we have to keep trying for a solution. Perhaps there is someone out there who has a suggestion

Please be advised that we are not asking for "support" as you see the word bandied about in Blogs, Web sites and Newsletters. If you are interested you will read. If you are not interested you will not read. It should be whatever you wish it to be, not some kind of commitment. Our blogs are meant to help the reader/dancers and not be an obligation.

"Jumping at the Savoy" by Count Basie

We are into dancing and provide dance notes regularly like most dance magazines on the mainland. We also try to cover the festive occasions and take photos of the attendees, and the happenings with a nice write up of the entire affair. We have tried to enlighten the classes too, but that seems to have the element of interference and backfired in some way. That has now come to a screeching halt.

The suggestions are out there, let's have them. It is for the good of all. I hate to see Moanalua Corridor go the way of Dance Guide. But as per our requisites, the reader/dancers will make the decisions and we shall abide by them. Moanalua Corridor could have a couple more months. We shall see.

If it so happens, then Oahu - West will inherit the section. They will have from Makaha all the way to Mapunapuna. Quite a nice territory.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Slow Moving

No feedback from Kapiolani Ballroom Dancers so all we can say is I tried. So we have to find more action in the Moanalua Corridor to write about. We need at least four information contributors. That would send the hits throught the roof. As it is now, they are staying under the 30 average hits per day. At one time they were close to seventy.

"Game changing innovations are few and far between. They are usually
simple concepts to describe but when they arrive it takes time to fully
realize their importance and impact. Television was a game-changer,
mobile phones were a game-changer, and blogging is also one."

We try and we try and we try. But some dance clubs are just not interested or they are already covered with all the public relations that they need. So I think we should leave well enough alone. Perhaps later. I have two folders. One marked "Mas Tarde" which means later in Spanish. Then I have another folder that reads, "Mucho Mas tarde," I am very very busy with six blogs and working on getting one of them independent.

"Yesterday" by the Beatles
Footwork: This refers to the rise and fall of the feet, indicating which part of the foot is to be contact with the floor on each step or part step; i.e. ball, heel, inside of foot etc. Very important in the dances which are "to be seen," and specially those to be judged. That is a very good reason.

This is of little importance in the Culteral dancing that we do for pure enjoyment. The body moves to the music first and the feet land in the most comfortable and the most naturally balanced position. If you have the rhythm, that's all you need. And the styling in Cultural dances differs greatly among this large group.

"How High The Moon" by Les Paul and Mary Ford

Upcoming Town blog, getting the hits.


Regarding the worry that some of these very good dancers are watching you and are judging and critical, I have bad news and I have good news:

1) The bad news is that unless you're a really super dancer, they're not watching you. You're being ignored.

2) The good news is that unless you're a really super dancer, they're not watching you. You're being ignored.

3) And if you are a superdancer, and they're watching you with a frown on their faces, it's probably because they envy you, and also they're hard at work trying to steal your material.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Kapiolani Ballroom Dancers

I had a good day on Wednesday, got to the VA right on time with the buses. The exam was pretty much routine and I guess I am OK. I made it to Freight Merchandisers and got some goodies, took the bus over to Liliha and Vineyard and the 93 was there in about 5 minutes.

"I believe the term "blog" means more than an online journal. I believe a blog is a conversation. People go to blogs to read AND write, not just consume."

A miracle bus, gets right on the freeway and goes past Kapolei and the first stop is Honokai Hale. From there it is a breeze to get to Nanakuli. Had a nice snack and a nap and ready to get on my blogging.

So we give them a little free advertising
I did get some feedback on Kapiolani Ballroom Dance but it was not official. I was told they might want to keep it a private function. I have not had any official feedback from them on the last blog announcement of their classes. Anyway, I made a poster for them and perhaps it may be the last. So I just try.

Pub's Side Note: I will have to email them and see if they would like me to make a blog of the dance. Perhaps they would rather not. I always try and leave it up to the other party to make the decision. Mahalo.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Update on Moanalua Corridor

I may not go to Fleet Lounge on Tuesday evening, I am feeling a little low. And lucky I have my semi-annual exam at the VA on Wednesday. I came out just fine in my last blood test a week ago, so I think I am OK.

"And it occurred to me that there is no such thing as blogging. There is no such
thing as a blogger. Blogging is just writing — even bad writing, using
a particularly efficient type of publishing technology."

Fortunately, Mary Beth will be at the Fleet Lounge and perhaps the new blog in town too. I imagine Da Spin Doctor is having good contact with them. Everybody will do just fine.

Rich has a nice blog covering Dot's in Wahiawa, in the downtown blog, Oahu And Beyond. And he mentions the new dance blog in town. I hope they install the free hit counter so they can know where they are. I don't consider them an "instead of," I consider them an "addition to."  And all these blogs will be different. Moanalua Corridor needs some hits, the first day stats for April were awful. But of course, MC has been in one of its worst days, though I expect some recovery soon.

Meanwhile I am working on a poster for the Kapiolani Ballroom Dancers to promote their upcoming dance at the Palladium on May 14th. I should have it ready by the end of the week. Hopefully we can find some good location in the Moanalua Corridor for them to have a monthly dance. Wow, that would be a smasharoo.

Pub's Side Note: I help wherever I can and there is alway a new one. Of course, there are some that I can do nothing. As Walter Cronkite used to say when closing, "And that's the way it is."

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Kapolani Ballroom Dancers

Moanalua Corridor ended the month in its downward trend, for the first time below 40 average hits per day. But it just went over the 30,000 total pageviews, which not too bad. Nuttin' doin' thar! But with a little patience I will be rewarded. I contacted Marjie of the Lions Cluib. And sure enough things have changed but looking good.

As the evening beckons with the promise of tomorrow ... may your gratitude rise up
and with strength answer, "yes."

I received this notice in my email a little late but perhaps the readers can still make it for next week. They sent the information in Word and that is a tough row to hoe. I use Jarte word processor and Microsoft has disabled the function. I finally had to download a special Word Viewer to get it into Word pad and at least get the wording.

They are nice people and doing good for the community too. So I have to do the best I can to make a nice presentation.

Foxtrot classes
Kapiolani Ballroom Dancers of Honolulu Lions Club

Mission Statement: Foster, promote and perpetuate charitable & educational ballroom dance Programs. Establish & provide voluntary instructional service for the public.

Place: Waimalu Elementary School
Date: starting April 2, 2012 (8 weeks)
Every Monday beginning 4/02/12
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $32. 00 for 8 weeks

For more info: Richard or Ruby Kazunaga ph: 735-6617

Tickets will be available on 4/02/12

Now, I have to find a way of getting there sometime in the next few weeks and get some photos of this fine group. Things are a little different now that I live in Nanakuli. The walk up the hill from Kam Highway will probably do me some good.

"Tangerine" by Jimmy Dorsey

It's Friday night and you have danced up a tsunami. You get home and realize that your dancing shoes are a tad, um, aromatic. And there is another good dance Saturday night. No problema. Pour a couple teaspoons of baking soda in two squares of cotton cloth. Tie the corners tightly, tuck the balls into the shoes and leave'em overnight. The next day, your shoes will be fresh as daisies.

Pub's Side Note: The dance at the Palladium in May looks promising too. I have to make nice poster for them next week. This Moanalua Corridor blog will be rolling again with news of dancing and dancers.