Friday, August 31, 2012

New Blog on the Block

Dancer -  West is coming in very nicely. It is not our usual Blogger blog. It is from Tumblr.com. But it doesn't look too much different than the others. It is short and sweet. We are ready to help anyone that is helping the reader/dancers in our group. The deluxe dancers do not need us so we can skip them and we are all happy.


I am still surprised to see the hits on all the blogs increasing. Not each one separately but the total hits on all the blogs. They all go up and down but the total on all the blogs gradually increases, day by day. I have a total of ten blogs in my personal  stats and only because they have counters. That is the only thing I need and use.


Just needs more places willing to share information with
the rest of the reader/dancers.

Now that we have got rid of most of the blog spam, we are settling to about 500 average hits per day. This represents 15000 hits per month. So we are communicating to the dancers out there and I cannot see the  point of diminishing returns just yet. It is there but all it takes is another guest author and the entire enchilada goes up.


One more Guest Author will get it over the top.

We get some photo and information contributors and that certainly helps but we need the one that can get in, write, post photos, publish and get out when they want to. No matter how you slice it, they get readers and that overflows to the others and it is called synergism. So one of you out there will be next and it will be for the good of the entire dance community.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Plot Thickens

I finally got partial results into my investigation of the Blogger Stats. It is pretty bad, and those that have decided on not having a counter have not missed that much. The stats are all goofed up. widgetbait, paid links, paid hits, blog spam, guestbook spam, excessive article directory submissions, excessive link exchanges and other types of linkspam.

"We must accept finite disappointment and
we must never lose infinite hope."

I will continue to work on my consolidated stats but I must take them with a grain of salt. Nothing will be conclusive, but it will be a guide. My efforts will continue to getting most references and hits from our dancing links. So for now it is about 10% bounce and another 10% in blog spam.

The robots can get on any blog and then pick up on any links, and send hits there too. Google uses them extensively for their crawlers and spiders. And there seems to be many others that have come and gone. I just got a new one that seems to have something to do with  google.

"Dancing With Tears In My Eyes" ... Ray Conniff


So at the moment we just have to keep working on getting Oahu - West going and that is going to take some doing, even though they have a lot of terrain to cover. From Makaha to Mapunapuna.


Some things are beginning to emerge very clearly. Two different factions in Cultural dancing have been developing for sometime, everyone seems to know but no one seems to take them into consideration and we must. The Night Club Dancer, alcohol included and the purely social, alcohol excluded.

Non- alcoholic dances have about 75% of attendees dancing as non alcoholics. And Night Club dancing has at least 50% of the attendees dancing willing to have a drink. This has not been engraved on stone, and other opinions will be most welcome.

The groups will range from 50 to 100, Club dancers being the smaller, so the dance floor size must be taken into consideration. School Cafeterias seem to be about perfect for non-alcohol dances. They can accommodate over fifty very easily. This is not conclusive but we are getting there. We can use a lot more input.

Pub's Side Note: Need that back up computer? For those that live on the Waianae Coast, check in Nanakuli Ridge blog. Bargain price on an entire system.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Emerging

Almost the end of the month but my data analysis tells me much. In spite of losing all those junk hits, the legit hits are holding up pretty good. All I have to do is ignore them. All the blogs are going up in hits from the beginning of the month.

    "Having been blogging for quite some time, I have come to identify that blogging is an obsession. A blog is a site
where ideas and opinions are meshed together."


The coming month should have us pretty clear. I am seeing some of junk hitters recede from the Blogger records. Hopefully we will be on solid ground with the start of the month of June. Fortunately Oahu - West seems to be leading in the submission of photos so they can set that pace for the others to follow.

"Dancing Fool" ... Tony and Company

Dancers are beginning to understand how the slide show is working and how we get the photos that go in there. I have no idea yet how many should be in there. I believe we have about 25 now and expect to go up to 30 in a couple of weeks. The readers will have a say so as per usual.


Then we could set one up in another blog. I have been knocking it around with a few people and the Oahu And Beyond seems to be the one. But then we have the side bar photo of the Good Teachers in the American Style to set up too. We should recognized the invaluable assistance of these teachers for all of us since the beginning.

Pub's  Side Note:  Many do not remember the days of the Big Bands. It was a name applied to large orchestras that were popular just prior to WWII. Could have three rows of musicians and six to nine in each row. Wow! Those days of the Big Ballrooms are gone forever.



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Still Making it.

Da Blogosphere, the blog moving along quite nicely with the average hits per day increasing. This in spite of the junk hitters that we in process of losing. Good riddance.

Now that we have been writing in our blogosphere for a few years, I have come to find that blogging is a self-contained community that stretches around the world. Your blogging is your window out to the world, so that everyone can see in to your hobbies, interests, and passions. Each blog has its own persona sometimes joined by several others in a team and could be the nonsensical ramblings of the mind.  However, dancing is one thing that interests me and now I get to share it with the world, and not only that but the world gets to comment and interact with me.


Oahu - West now leading all the other blogs in
contributed photos by the reader/dancers.

Programmers now a days are taught to force their ways into others computer space. Old time selling is out. Just be careful out there, it grows more dangerous with time. No legal rules yet but there will be. The first one will be no forcing anyone to download others junk before downloading what you really wanted.


Still holding in the mid twenties, not anything there to post yet.
But we shall build it and they shall come.

I was just about rid of the junk hitters on this blog when they started to invade Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond. Apparently the robots are able to contact the Side Bar Links. They tune in and the only contact I find is in the stats, their URL. Those that do not have a blog counter are somewhat lucky. No junk hitters to worry about.


This may eventually be the first blog to go independent.
That one future Guest Author will tell the tale.

I clicked to find out what, and it is just advertising. Not only that but if I click they think they got me and make more contact and of course help to run up the hits. These kind of hits are of no value to us. The best thing I can do is ignore them and hope they will soon go away. There have been as many as five but now down to two. The hazards of the trade but we will make all our hits, legit.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Out of the Fog

Finally kicked the outside meddlers in this blog that were helping to screw up the works. Then I got Dance Fever Oahu to recognize the blog. Another step forward and the hits are beginning to move upward.

"A blog should allow anyone to share photos and information with anyone, anywhere, at anytime. This can also be important for those who are addicted to doing nothing. and isolated from others who share our passion. Any sufficiently advanced blog will be indistinguishable from its bloggers."


 Oahu - West is beginning to roll too. Needs to get rid of just one more junk hitter.

Da Blogosphere will be recapping the other blogs but it will have bits of other dance information too. So if you have a photo you think may be good for this particular blog, send it in with a few appropriate remarks and it will probably be published. Same thing for straight information covering dancing.


Central Valley remains dead even but nothing there yet so it is quite all right.

Any blogs that would like an exchange of links would automatically get a poster in the side bar, either your design or I will make one. Individually you can also send in information of the rest of our blogs. The main thing is let our gang know about our gang. And our gang is increasing day by day and remains in process. That is why we must evolve independent blogs and each one with several Guest Authors.


Sunday, August 19, 2012

From Oahu And Beyond

Wow, Calvin's blog in Town Dancer was certainly a masterpiece of blogging for this entire Pacific Basin. Unfortunately it may hold some of our good candidates for Guest Author back. They know they will never be able to achieve such a work of art.

"When it first began, a blog was a simple online diary,
where the blog author would pen down his or
 her thoughts. This definition has evolved and
we will continue to redefine it, for us."

I can't, so let us face it, we are just an addition to this great blogging. It is likely that some of it may rub off on the rest of us and we will produce better blogging. And then we must fill in the empty days with items of interest to our readers. Together we will give the readers what they want day after day. So come one, come all.


We are also very much interested in helping the many good people in those dance organizations that do not have a Web site. Photos, dance information, and anything else that may be of interest to the readers.

Read the blogs, you can see a sameness in many of them. We need the differences of opinion in our blogs and you are the only ones that can provide that difference. Pick a blog, anyone you like and stick to it for writing and contributing photos.


"Be My Love" ... Placido Domingo

We must also recognize the great teaching by so many of our amateur teachers in the American Style of Dance. So many good dancers out there that have learned to dance the same movements over and over again in sheer joy. This definitely cannot be understood by the Rootzi Tootzis, never will. But you will notice that our dancers are standing up a little straighter.

Our blogosphere is just about as far as it can go with about 50% of the blog action on this Island. You looking for exact figures, I ain't got'em. But at 50% we have a good hunk. Now how do we get more? There is only one way.


The additional Guest Authors in the different blogs to make them definitely different and the gradual independence of each blog. Independence would guarantee our blogosphere going upwards to perhaps 75% of the action which should be quite enough.

Meanwhile, you gotta pic, five to seven dancers, email it in, we'll print it. Mahalo.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Looking Good

The stats are coming in very well. Blogger has some pretty good stuff for "each" blog. But I have to compile stats for our entire enchilada to see how it shapes up as a whole.

"Whatever it is you want, you reach a long way toward it if
you will combine your heart, your backbone, your faith and
your common sense and then stretch."

The "normal" curve seems to be there. The 20 percent on top that are "Gung Ho" for blogs, are able to see the advantage, and kokua to Da Max. Then there are about 70% "fellow travelers" that feel that it is nice, now let's get on with the dancing. Still a great group in the molding. Then on the bottom are the ten per cent that simply are not for blogs and we will do our utmost to respect their wishes.

"Spanish Eyes" ... Placido Domingo


Still the top blog on the Islands and with
two more Guest Authors, Independence!

The key ingredients lie in the Photo Contributors and the Information Contributors. Their favorite photo of five to seven people sent in every two months or so, is worth its weight in diamonds. Much more valuable to us than the thousands of photos available in Flicker, Photobucket, Picasa or Facebook. This will take time. The added comments to a photo would be icing on the cake.


Nothing doing but holding steady in hits.

Yes we get most of our information contributors from the amateur groups. Very little from the Professionals. And that seems to be just fine with the readers. The view from the Ivory Towers is much different in the courtyard and even more so outside of the Castle walls. This has really been a long time coming and dancers are not accustomed to it.


Picking up hits very nicely. The pictures tell the tale,
 even if I have to take them myself.

Spreading the word by conversation continues and it seem to be still the method of choice. Slowly the hits are increasing as more people realize the currency of the information and the fact that it comes from members of our "own group." I didn't realize it until recently, but this group is forming all on its own. And of course these are the people we will help the most. Stands to reason. I expect the top group to increase to about 30% by the end of the year. Could be 500 average daily hits. Not likely? Who am I to argue with you?


We are aware that dance clubs and other dance organization in the neighbor islands are pretty tied up in other commitments so we cannot ask them. However, individuals can still do what they wish to do. So we invite photo contributions, snippets of dance information and perhaps you can even think it over to becoming a Guest Author in the Oahu And Beyond blog. Most appropriate.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Perking Up

Da Blogosphere is very slowly perking up in hits. It is an entirely new concept for our blogs so it will take time. I have to be patient. I have now gone into Twitter and Google+ to help introduce a little more dancing information to our reader/dancers. Frank Martin has opened an account with My Space and Linkedin to help promote the blogs.

"Never trust a spiritual leader who cannot dance".
~Mr. Miyagi, The Next Karate Kid,

For now we will just let it ride. The others are holding in the same plateau. The first ingredient lacking is the key photos. "Your" five to seven favorite people, with names, the dance occasion and the location. A few words for comment would be icing on the cake. Hits would go through the roof, guaranteed. We just cannot find anyone to share with our reader/dancers


Yes, I know we have 100 thousand photos available in Flicker, Photobucket, Facebook etc etc. etc. etc. ad nauseum. Can you imagine the time it would take to do them justice. I am very busy. The Gold Mine photo still awaits our reader/dancers.

“Cupid / I’ve Loved You for a Long Time” ... the Spinners

Then, getting accustomed to sending in those very precious photos with a few comments and no real commitment, anyone is ready to become a guest author, but only when they think they are ready. We mustn't rush things.


Meanwhile we have almost lost all of the robot crawlers and spiders sent to screw up the works for us and this coming week will find us free and clear and moving up again. And we are beginning to make contact with the neighbor islands.

Pub's Side Note: "There is one studio that consistently puts out the best International dancers on this Island."  Yes, I put it in quotes. What do I know?


Friday, August 10, 2012

The Demographic Center of Oahu

Terrific blog by Richie Fun in Oahu And Beyond. A new place comfortably away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. Looks like a place with room for dancing. And you just might be able to get a beer there. Check it out.


The Center is always very important information for people that were going to be around for 20 or 30 years down the line because it moves. Yes, I know, most people do not know what we are talking about.

What is this demographic center? If you take the population of this Island and run a line North to South with half of the people on one side and half on the other side. You have half the solution. Then if you take a line East to West with half the people on each side, you have solved the problem. Where the lines cross, that is the demographic center of this Island.


When I arrived on Oahu about 35 years ago, the Demographic Center of this Island was right about where the old stadium use to be in Moiliili. I planned on moving near there and it took me almost 20 years to get there. Of course by this time it had moved West and closer to downtown.

In the year 2012 this center is now in Aiea, right about where the old Dixie Grill used to be. Yet many old tiime residents of Oahu still think in terms of downtown Honolulu as if that was still the center of this Island. With the new building in the Ewa plain plus some in the Central Valley and Waianae, by the year 2020, Pearl City will be the demograhic center of Oahu. And it will probably remain there for several decades.

"This blog is a chronological log of dancing on this island . Because blogs are easy to update and a great reference of what we, the dancers, have accomplished I tend to keep up with it a lot more than I did before. A blog may reflect the personality of the author but this one is mostly a great way to get the people who share the same interest more united."

The people live in the West but they only sleep there, they must do everything else in downtown Honolulu. Work, buy most of their goods, and go there for restaurants and other entertainment such as dancing. Food for thought, or maybe my stats are all wrong. But some people are going to check up and make these facts work in their favor. And people in dancing are some of them. "I coulda been home in twenty minutes."

Monday, August 6, 2012

Update

My data analysis now is beginnng to show evidence of the point of diminishing returns. With the blogs that we have and the length of this plateau plus the other numerica data, it is well within a two or three months.

"Success is never final. Failure is never fatal.
If we stick to it we can win."

This with the existing information contributors and Guest Authors. This is just about as far as we will be able to go. So the numbers are there, if we can get more information contributors and more Guest Authors, the law of diminishing returns will be postponed for a while.

"Wheel Of Fortune" ... Kay Starr

I got this blog on twitter now to see if we can drum up some people interested in social dancing and I will also be hoping that those interested in dancing will follow me. I have also started another in Facebook under an assumed name and see what happens. They may think it is all flagrant advertising, (which it is.) I also checked in with Digg but they are kind of Mickey Mouse because they don't want to be like the others.

"When I See An Elephant Fly" ... Clive Peterson

One thing I know for sure now. Not many dancers on the island know enough about the Internet and blogging. The word of mouth does work and the hits are going up monthly. I will try to beat the bushes in other places to get some hits and probably some good information contributors. With one more Guest Author in Town Dancer and I can plan on phasing myself outta theah.

It would be nice to have them independently run, get new Guest Authors on their own and run the hits up into the stratosphere. Meanwhile, I have my hands full with the remaining blogs. All fun and games and very interesting.


Friday, August 3, 2012

New month

Rolling in the bottom of the blogosphere is not the best thing in the world. But I must be patient. We just may do it with time. We seem to be getting new people all the time, and that is what is moving this entire enchilada. The Creative Researchers And Producers and the Rootzi Tootzis have gradually recognized that they are losing their grip and control. The dancing will be for the dancers.

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who
mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."


Town Dancer blog remains in the top spot, however the hits have dropped to below 200 average per day. I will have to find that sorely needed Guest Author. No one of our present Guest Authors should feel pressure and commitment.  But otherwise it has been developing very nicely with no signs of "diminishing returns" and still looking for its niche. I had planned on it being the blog for the "to be seen" category but no one showed any interest so I will have to take whatever comes and let the Information Contributors and Guest Authors decide in what direction it goes.

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


Oahu And Beyond also losing hits, but then this is only the beginning of the month. Since I average the hits from day one, they can get back on the road they were on before. Like any other blog, one good steady information contributor or Guest Author and the hits will go through the roof. Why? The different opinion, the different viewpoint. That is social media and that is what will make our blogs.

"Fools Rush In" ... Tony Martin

Pub's Side Note: A person who posts entries to a blog is called a blogger. A blog can comprise text, images, and links (to other web pages and to video, audio and other files). Blogs use a conversational style of writing, no need for a degree in journalism. Often blogs focus on a particular area of interest, such as dancing. Some blogs discuss personal experiences, and the whole enchilada can be mixed with any chili sauce we want.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Our Kind Of Dancing

It is back in Japan
By Asuka Shinozaki, Nuuanu Valley

It's dance fever -- Asian style. Young and old are polishing their tangos and waltzes and doing it the old-fashioned way, the old is making a comeback. They have had several decades of International Style of Dance along with their own versions of the different dances. Now they are following the English in England into the American style and find it closer to their own style and a comfortable fusion is occurring. Not surprising as the Americans have been there for sixty six years.

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize
how close they were to success when they gave up."

The dance has been developing in their culture over the years and like most dances, they are to enjoy the music by moving the body in the same timing and rhythm. The International has developed into a series of poses as an entertainment commodity, nice but quite a different product.

The internationals admit that it is the real Ballroom dancing and an Art. Both for show and for competitions it "must" be seen and judged. And inadvertently a third type of group has been created, the viewers, the spectators.

Don't Stop Believin' ... Journey

Awesome song, deserves to be in number 1. It's not about a hooker, it's about different kinds of people never giving up! People love this song especially when Glee sings it! The message of this song is to chase your dreams and do what you feel you have to and I will do what I want to.

With the dance shows that have developed on Television, they have "intentionally" promoted and evolved a big group of viewers, not much in the dancing department but they want to see the shows and of course judge it with their meager capabilities. This group will not continue to grow.

But now in Japan they are discovering a most welcome invention, the American Style of Dance, now they can go back to dancing for fun only. Amazing!  *  *  *  *


The Hit Analysis for the month of July. Not so good, but the entire blogosphere is in a transition period. It should standardize by the middle August. And we are still seeking the very valuable Guest Author who will help set direction for any of the blogs. Clones we don't need. They must all be different.

Da Blogosphere is doing the worst, however it will be a recap of all the blogs in our blogosphere and any others that would like to get in even if only for the free publicity. Next month should be a little better all around. The key is that one additional Guest Author.

Pub's Side Note: I continue to help wherever I can. And I do have choices. I have some that are easy to help and some that are difficult. Which do I help the most? Guess.