Three Articles out of One:
Recently Google burped. And the whole Internet Community freaked out.
Seriously! It is kind of like the punch line from that old joke:
Q: Where does a 500 lb gorilla sit?
A: Wherever it wants!
The fact of the matter is that Google is the biggest most powerful search engine for the Internet on the Planet. And when Google changes how it calculates page rank, hundreds of thousands of very smart people go to work trying to figure out why their web pages are no longer ranking high and they try to figure out how to get their pages to rank high again!
I write online at Squidoo.com and the folks at Squidoo do all that “figuring out” bit for me. Over the past few months, Squidoo has been changing things up a LOT! All in an effort to regain the lost ground from Google’s last ranking system change.
I’ve actually been very lucky. Most of the changes at Squidoo have not affected any of my lenses. None of my lenses were caught by Squidoo’s new rules designed to weed out spammers and retain only original creative content.
In fact my lenses were moving up in rank and getting paid more as Squidoo weeded out all the garbage lenses. Woo Hoo!
Well at least until Read the rest of this entry
There is just not enough time in the day…
Keeping track of the Top Ten Line Dance Reporting lists takes time. Lots of it. You’d be horrified about how much time it takes. So I decided to change from reporting on the Top from Weekly to Monthly.
Up to now, I’ve had a detailed page where I put the Top Ten Dances from each site:
- World Line Dance Newsletter
- LineDancer Magazine
On each of these detailed pages I had, for each dance:
- The dance’s current rank #1, #2, #3, etc
- An indicator of whether the dance was moving up or down the list
- Details about the dance, like count, # of restarts & tags, difficulty level, etc.
- The name of the dance and the name of the choreographer
- Link to a stepsheet for the dance
- Link to the music on Amazon.
- Link to the music on iTunes
- And embedded videos of the dance, both demonstrations and teaches
Then I had two “summary / review” lists which I created myself:
- TxCowboyDancer’s Weekly Summary – which basically listed the Top Ten dances as a simple list and then had a link to the more detailed page.
- TxCowboyDancer’s Weekly Review — a kind of Best of the Best “Most Popular” which listed only those dances which appeared on at least two of the four websites.
Whew! I’m getting tire just listing it. The “Weekly Summary” didn’t take that long, but the detailed page. OMG!
So… I’m keeping the “Weekly Summary” but I’m switching the detailed page to a monthly report instead of week.
Here’s what I’m doing. I’m keeping track of the dances for each week during a given month. Then I use some statistical magic and list only the top ten dances for the whole month. In other words, only the VERY MOST POPULAR dances make the top ten for the month.
Which means [drum roll please] I save time and you, dearest readers also save time. Why? Because instead of learning a potential of 40+ dances per month… you can look at my Monthly survey and learn only the top 10. Woot! Uh-huh! Doing a happy “chair dance”!
Enjoy! See ya on the dance floor!
There Are a Lot of Line Dance Lists!
And every single one of the darn tootin’ thangs seem to have a different way of calculating just which dances are the top ten.
It’s enough to make one’s inner domestic diva want to take off her tiara and eat bon bons!
Never fear, dearest readers, all twelve of you who actually read this blog… I, the awesome, the fantastic, the studly, being the kind, generous, friendly, charming person that I am have set out to make sense out of that muddle of mish-mashy information and simply for you. Can I have an amen?!
Ok, so, what I’ve done, is create two articles on Squidoo:
What you’ll find on this page is a summary of all the Top Ten Lists that of which I keep track. You’ll find a simple straight forward listing of the “Top Ten” dances from each list along with a link to the full list for that website. Here is the blurb from the beginning of the the Review:
Welcome to TxCowboyDancer’s Weekly Report of the Top Line Dances from ranking sites around the world.
Keeping track of all those line dances is a lot like Herding Cats which is why I created this summary page to make life a bit easier! (And why there is a photo of a cute Cowboy KItty. 🙂
Those wanting more information can follow the links to visit a “Detailed Report” for each site containing the “Top Ten” dances, links to the stepsheets, demo & walk-through videos, and the music for each dance.
For those folks who don’t even want to deal with the summary page in the List Review, I’ve created a page where I only list those dances appearing on multiple websites. Here is the blurb from the beginning of the artilce.
I monitor several line dance survey lists from different websites:
1. World Line Dance Newsletter
2. LineDancer Magazine
3. CopperKnob Line Dance Archive
4. Kickit Line Dance Archive
The following dances are ones which appear in the “Top Ten” lists on at least two of the four websites listed above, making them the most popular line dances on the planet!
HOTTEST — On all Four List
HOTTER — On Three of the Four Lists
HOT — On Two of the Four Lists
[Check out the dances listed in the article...]
So, there you have it, I hope you enjoy my two summary lists.
See ya on the Dance Floor!
Asking “What are line dance levels?” feels a wee bit silly doesn’t it? I know that I felt a little strange asking the question. I mean, after all, the whole idea of “Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced” is a concept that most of us “get” right away.
It isn’t a silly question, of course.
Even though most of us can easily grasp the concept of a ranking system which starts with…
…“so easy a baby could do it…”
…moves through “kinda in the middle someplace”…
…and ends up at “you have GOT to be kidding me!”
…it is not easy to figure out exactly which dance goes where. It is quite a mess in fact! No wonder folks get confused!
Fear not fellow dancer, by the end of this short article you’ll be able to skim the workshop list at a dance event and decide with confidence which ones are right for you.
What most folks are really asking when they say “What are “Line Dance Levels?” is for more detail so they can then be able to sort the dances into their proper levels.
To put it another way, what people are asking is: “Where are the dividing lines between the levels and what steps are in each level?
Dance on my friend! Dance on!
This is an article that has been on my “To do” list for quite a while. And I finally got around to it. Because I’ve been line dancing quite a while, I have a pretty good grasp of what the levels are, however, as I’ve started teaching line dance, I’ve discovered that for many people the levels are confusing.
So this article is an attempt to sort it all out. I think it is pretty well written, but then I’m kinda biased. LOL Hmmm I wonder if I could get the judges at dance comps to let me judge myself? wink
Anyway, the article explains about the different “levels” that choreographers assign to their line dances, and talks about how you can, uhhmmmm, judge for yourself whether or not something is really a “beginner” or if the dance should actually be called an “improver” or “intermediate”
As with all my articles I write, there is a wee bit of humor thrown in just for giggles and grins, some cool photos of folks dancing, and some fun polls. I hope you enjoy it.