Friday, September 28, 2012

Web sites - Blog sites

I have been looking over the terrain to get Information and Photo Contributors and possible converts to Guest Authors. But it is pretty rough. None of them wish to make that "commitment," which of course is not that big a commitment. No annual meetings or dues, no monthly meetings or dues, and they blog whenever they damn well please.  Perhaps I am being a little too hard somewhere.


One of the prime blogs in need of a steady Information
and Photo Contributor

But now I am finding that there are some groups that do not have a Web site to handle their Public Relations. A perfect set up to join into a blog. Of course, a prime requisite is that you must read a dance blog first otherwise you do not have the foggiest idea of the possibilities. You will have to find the time.


Another one in need, to express a different opinion,
which is the heart of social media.

Then the possibilities become apparent and you will find communication with the reader/dancers very gratifying. The benefits are for everyone. You, your group and people, the reader/dancers of the blogs, the blog Guest Authors and everyone else. A win-win situation. The cost besides your time, is zero, zip, nada in money. If it is still too hard for you to see, relax, skip it and put it on your agenda first thing next year and keep dancing.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Update

We are making some contact with potential bloggers for our blogs. Most still think of the "large" commitment and we cannot blame them. Some have had experience in newsletters and know that it can be be quite a commitment. But blogs are not newsletters.

 "Out of my mind. Back in five minutes."

It is much like advertising, but it is really a more direct communication to the reader/dancers. And you write only when you damn well please. we just provide the platform. Slightly different way of looking at it and it lends itself easily as Social Media.

"A Lovely Night"  ...  Julie Andrews

Dance teachers, studio owners and dancers can use the blogs to recruit new dancers, ask the community to help with funding for trips or equipment or even to share news on individual dancers and their accomplishments.


You can even blog about local issues that aren’t directly related to dance, including things like law changes and other stories that relate to kids and families. It’s your blog, so you get to write what you want. You don’t need any experience to get started, and it won’t cost you a thing, except a few moments of your time.

"Stepping Out With My Baby"  ...  Doris Day

If you don’t think you’ll have time to keep up with a blog by yourself, you can blog as a group or team as we are doing here. We’d also be happy to have Information and Photo Contributors and which many will find easier to do.


With the increased interest in Latin music and dance, Dancer - West may be on the right track of concentrating on the Latin sound and help to develop a mature group into the dances we have been dancing. We can help straighten all the defects that have been installed by the teacher contingent for decades.  Samba with five different basics? Unbelievable, but it is there.

"El Reloj"  ...  Fernando De La Torre

Tango: Argentine is basic but which Argentine Tango? Nordic Tango is beautiful, but so is American Tango. In Hawaii, the Filipino Tango is emerging and it is more like the original Milonga than many of the others. Step, step, step!


Pub's Side Note: I have the predictions on my stats, sometimes six months in advance, Right now they are up to March 31, 2013. My prediction a month back was for Town Dancer to reach 100,000 total hits by October. From my stats of today, there seems to be no doubt the mark will be reached before the end of this month. Congrats in advance to Calvin and Rich.



Monday, September 24, 2012

More Dance Action

Apparently there is more dance action around town right about now. Why puzzles me at the moment. Perhaps the vacations are over and people are working their regular schedules. Back to work and back to try to have a little fun.

"Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today."

According to Honolulu Dance Guide, there is a helluva lot of dancing and dance places in Waikiki and Town. This week end alone, there is no way that anyone could go to a tenth of what is offered.

According to Dance Fever Oahu, the Palladium has no shortage of dancing either. They will have dancing on Friday, Saturday and even Sunday evening and the entire floor each day. So the dancers have plenty of places available to dance this coming weekend.

"The Way You Looked Tonight"  ...  Ray Coniff


How about the West. Well, we are coming along. We have Friday Night Live! LATIN MUSIC Featuring Los Amigos~ September 28 at Dot's In Wahiawa. Then on Saturday, Salsa at Just Tacos in Mililani. Howzat for Latin music in the West. And I have heard rumors about Pearlridge. OK by me.

Then there will be a nice place to lay down some shoe leather at Aliamanu Intermediate on Saturday night, sponsored by the famous Dance Hawaii organization. No news from Ige's 19th Puka but they probably have something going.

Pub's Side Note:  "Of all the unhappy people in the world, the unhappiest are those that have not found something to do."


Friday, September 21, 2012

Bloggers, What?

Irregardless of the levels of dance knowledge, our blogs need someone that can communicate in writing. The blogs have no need for candidates for the Pulitzer prize. It helps but not necessary if you got an A in English composition.

"There are no hopeless situations, there are only people
who have grown hopeless about them."

All you really need, to be an information contributor, is to be able to write a note of communication from you (one person) to a reader/dancer (one person) of the blog, preferably about dancing. My stats are quite clear on that.

That is the only simple requirement. And if in the process you convey your opinion in print for all to see. it is icing on the cake for the entire dance community. Yes, I know, most possibles do not know this - yet. But it is looking good.

 "Nostalgia"  ...  Placido Domingo

Who do we get? To start with, the most indicated are the long time American Style dance teachers. They have accumulated plenty of dance information throughout the years that could be of terrific help for the majority of us, specially now that our hits are increasing daily. The reader/dancers have been starving for this kind of thing.

"This Nearly Was Mine"  ...  Victor Sylvester

After that, any of the officers of any of the dance clubs, because they write with some authority. From there, we will probably get someone that just wants to say something one time, we provide the platform, and we get those now and then. Usually they think they can only do that one time. Fine, we have been fortunate to get those. Hopefully they will feel free to contribute more any time.

Most dancers are great romantics, but we can also be realists. Life is complicated and may last a while. There are people that we have respected and admired and looked up to and have done some wrong. Perhaps we can learned to not be so quick to judge others. We're flawed, all of us,  we're human beings and sometimes we make choices that other people are going to judge. That's their problem, but I think that the more we live our lives, the more we learn not to judge people for what they do. Most of us are trying our best.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Slide Show

A well organized slide show allows a presenter to fit visual images to an oral presentation but in our blogs we have no oral presentation so we must rely on the photos only. Then the old adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" holds true, in that a single image can save us a whole slew of descriptive details.

"According to the Stats, one out of every five in the US
is somewhat unbalanced. Think of your four closest friends
if they are OK, then .... ?"

For now I will make all the choices of who or what goes in, but with time, we will spread it around so that everyone has the opportunity to get "their" opinion in. At the moment Kapolei has a head start on everyone else. Pearlridge Chapter is second and then I will be making contact with Aliamanu Chapter. Perhaps later we can get Mililani, all because they have no Web site.  Dance Hawaii will be a little tough because they already have a Web site.


Both blogs slide shows are much the same right now because both are in process of developing.  Our intent is that all the dancers know each other and we can surely help those who have no web site. Central Valley will gradually get more of the people that dance in that section. The others will dance in the bigger section and will probably have more photos.


So for now I have set the limits at 40 photos for Oahu - West and 30 photos for Central Valley, But of course this has not been engraved on stone. Each photo has been assigned a letter roughly according date, A (the oldest) and now up to E. I have been deleting the A's first to polish as I add more to the list. We will go with the flow and update regularly.

"The Godfather Waltz"  ...  Percy Faith

So for now the total recommended dancers in each photo for maximum efficiency will be my old standby of 4 to 8 people. Gradually we will change the presentation away from the peas in pod photo. We have had some goodies already and I am certain that we have some good creative photo takers and they are going to give us some dillies.

Eventually when we get more Guest Authors that can be converted to Administrators, then we can set up slide shows in each one of the other blogs when they are ready. Can be a nice game for our cultural dance crowd and fun is what we are all about.



Monday, September 17, 2012

You want to blog? part II

There are two easy ways for the beginner to start blogging, and these are through Blogger or Wordpress.

 "You have two chances for making good without working - slim and none."

Blogger belongs to Google, and the content on your blogs on the Blogger site also belongs to Google. Blogger is not run from your own website, but from a site provided to you by Google.

Wordpress is a more advanced blogging option with a steeper learning curve. You can either have it hosted by Wordpress, in the same way that Google hosts Blogger, or you can host your Wordpress blog yourself. The latter is preferable because there are many Wordpress plugins you can use to personalize or customize your blog.


Once you  get the hang of how Wordpress works from your own website, then many think that is the better method. Links to your blog are then from one page of your site to another, and can be used as part of your internal linking strategy. Although Blogger is beginning to clear up many of the simple screw ups that have plagued them for so long in the last year.


What are blogs used for?
In business, to market your site and your products, but also to keep people in touch with what is happening on your web site. Use it right, and a blog can be the main tool you use to advertise your site, and you will no longer have to pay for advertising or other means of driving traffic to your site. A blog can do that job very well.

For our dance community it is just another opinion. "just?" The greatest value in blogging is the availability of various opinions. We then have Social Media, resulting in more educated dancers in our existing dance world on this island. Wow!


Friday, September 14, 2012

Photos

Yes, we are still on photos. Seems like it should be a rather simple matter but the opinions out there are very varied. I have had people, that really had no bad intentions, offer me their libraries of photos to use whenever I needed. I can see myself spending days going through thousands of photos to find the "right" ones for me.

"One difference in the faults of the young and ours.
They will probably outgrow theirs."

Now I will tell you of a real valuable photo. It is the one you got Saturday night at the dance with four or five of your good friends enjoying the dance environment. That is a blogging photo. One dear to you and your friends and probably your fellow dancers, whether they were there or not. That is not a photo "to whom it may concern." We are trying to establish social media here.

"Sunrise, Sunset" ... Perry Como

A blog with hundreds of photos is not the answer. There must be a balance between text and photos and even other graphics. I haven't found much information on this but I have gone through a little experience in the last ten years with several blogs. One, two or three people is of interest only to the photees, and it very possible that the need is somewhere. A very large group does not do much for blogging either. But a carefully prepared photo of four to eight dear friends is a gold mine to everyone concerned.

"Stranger In Paradise" ... Al Martino

Then of course comes the problem of having the people that own the photo share it with their fellow dancers in a blog. Most of the photos are taken with a digital camera, so it is not too difficult to email the photo to the blog of your choice. So mail it in, that one special photo that you like and share it with your fellow reader/dancers.

Pub's Side Note: It is becoming more evident that there is one studio that consistently puts out the best International style dancers on the island of Oahu. We are talking results not theories. May surprise you as to who is at the bottom of the pile. So I am a slow learner.



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Around The Sun

I have been on this space ship earth for a long time. Today I will complete my 87th trip around the sun. With all my mistakes, it has still been a nice journey. All I can do at this point is wish all my friends a good time while they are here. And we all understand, after we are gone, "this old world will keep on turning."


My steadiest and most consistent blog, Da Best. Hopefully we can make it independent soon. Just need a couple more Guest Authors and that will send the hits to the moon.

From my niece Yvonne in California.

May you always have:  Beauty for your eyes to see - Comfort on difficult days - Smiles to brighten your day - Rainbows to follow the clouds - Love to fill your life - Faith during your lowest moments - 
Courage when the way gets dark - Laughter to kiss your lips - Patience when you need to wait - Hugs when your spirit sags - Friendships to lighten your being - Dreams, just because and Spirit to carry you on.

 
Oahu And Beyond coming on strong with the Da Spin Doctor.

From the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam
written a millennium ago.

The moving finger writes and having writ,
Moves on: Nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line
Nor all your tears wash out a word of it.

Whether at Naishapur or Babylon,
Whether the Cup with sweet or bitter run,
The Wine of Life keeps oozing drop by drop,
The Leaves of Life keep falling one by one



Monday, September 10, 2012

The Guest Author

Blogging is so new on these islands that we are still having trouble to establish Team Blogging, a feature that has enabled multiple authors to manage a single Blog. The technique of having Multiple authors to manage a Blog is very popular these days on the Mainland.

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what
they get for it, but what they become by it." 

As owner of the blog I will be the administrator by default but I will invite all new authors that will be given co-author account. They can only EDIT their posts and they won't have the feature to edit / delete others posts. However as administrator, I can change the privileges of the co-authors anytime. In our case, the plan is to eventually make each blog independent from the original administrator.


The trick is to not neglect our blogs and let them turn into a stale web site. Fundamentally, blogs are nothing more than content management systems. A blog makes it possible for anyone to add content to a site without having to worry about page design issues. Just upload pictures, type in words, and click "Publish". The whole world can now see your creation - if they care to.


The main issue for our winery isn't, "to blog or not to blog;" but whether or not to develop the changes necessary to keep our blogsites alive and interesting. Either we make the investment, or our blogsites are effectively stagnant brochures.


If there’s one thing we truly value here in our blogoshere, it’s the opinions of others. At this moment the opinions we desperately seek are from long standing American Style teachers. They have the experience to give the reader/dancers of all our blogs an education. With that being said, we proudly open our blogs for guest authors who have something to say.

"Hey There" ... Rosemary Clooney


Friday, September 7, 2012

Rolling Again

I have a total of nine blogs and one Web site in my personal stats to keep me informed of the total picture. I use only my blogosphere and the few that have hit counters. I just use the total hits figure. The hits ebb and flow. When they are down, they depress me somewhat and when they are up it is exhilarating. They are on their way up now.


"A blog is not required to put a personal aspect into it. So that’s why there are corporate/organization blogs and they are not required to be open to comment. I still call it a blog even if it’s just a text file published on the internet, as long as it is updated and the content in chronological order.  And it not required to be updated regularly. I still call it a blog, a dead blog maybe, but still a blog."


The down town blogs, Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond are leading everything else. And I know now that it is because of the Guest Authors. The different opinions are crucial to our dance social media. The coverage of the night clubs is very good and no one lacks information there. The blogging there seems to have the spirit of sharing information instead of what we have in our social dance groups. But we are accustomed "to whom it may concern" stuff, (a one way street) we just have not been much into social media kind.

Pub's Side Note: The two blogs above are not perfect but there is much to learn from what they are doing. And we keep score, though not perfect, with the hit counter.


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Blog Hit Robots

They are still out there though in Town Dancer and Oahu And Beyond they are no longer in the top three. That gives me a better idea of the relative hits and it looks good. With the other blogs, one of the robots, (from Russia, I think) is still doing whatever damage it can do. Neither Blogger nor Google know what to do about them.

 "Jumping at several opportunities may get us there more quickly than waiting for one big one to come along."

The new blog in town, Dancer - West seems to be doing all right but does not have a counter yet. It is not a Blogger nor Word Press. It is a newer blog from Tumblr.com. It is free but they do hustle you to upgrade and that costs money. And you cannot do half as much as you can with Blogger. But the more blogs the merrier, we may end up with maybe twenty blogs covering the entire Island Chain.

If they can develop into independent identities but loosely interconnected, they can provide all the dance information needed by these islands. Contributed photos, contributed information and addition guest authors. That will be social media to da max and beat anything else you have to offer the reader/dancers.


Oahu - West is the one to watch. It is waking up now that we have added Dance Hawaii back into to the Dance Review. Perhaps we can continue and include other. With one Guest Author it would go 67 average hits per day, equivalent to 2000 per month. Then it would be rolling in the right direction. The reader/dancers are there we just have to make contact.

"All Or Nothing At All" ... Frank Sinatra

Pub's Side Note: "In Hawaii, dance blogs are enabling hundreds of dancers to express their opinions with reduced political risk simply because of the sheer number of like-minded opinions online. Facing these independent voices, the old clique machine starts to crumble."