Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our Blogs

By John Nguyen, Pearl City

Since I travel in my business I see many different things. Blog sites are much newer than websites so most of us have much to learn. There’s an interesting cultural difference between a blog that allows comments and written exchanges with its readers and a blog or web site that does not.

"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged
to find the ways in which you yourself have altered."

A blog that doesn’t allow comments or feedback seems to me to be saying “this is the final word on this topic.” It seems there’s something formal about such publications — they distance themselves from their readers; they hold themselves up as a paragon rather than engaging “on the level” with users.  In our blogs, we ask for comments, and more than that, regular information contributors. We want to engage, and we aim to build a creative dialog that enriches the initially published content. And we want to be up front about it.

"Hopelessly Devoted To You" by Olivia Newton-John

In our dancing world, all hard copy print has been in the same vein since the beginning.They provide straight-up news and reviews of current dance news updated every two months or so and many do a very good job of it. So perhaps those sites are less about community than about providing information. Facilitating on-site dialog isn’t central to a Web site’s strategy. Everything is always peaches and cream. Behind the scenes, things could  be quite devastating as we all know. The cliques and their talking stink were the most vicious kind. They are still there, but they are not as powerful as they once were in helping to run our entire dance world into the ground.

"Yes, Wine is the answer, now what was the question?"

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