Wandering & Pondering’s Lindy Blogging Highlights of 2011

Because there really wasn’t much happening on this blog. Fortunately, the lindy blogging community exploded like a hippo after a trip to a state fair chili cook off.

I talked about this extraordinary growth earlier this year on this blog, and it’s been good to see it continue. I mentioned in my first year anniversary post that I started this blog mostly because I wasn’t seeing much in depth conversation about dancing. I like to pretend that my lack of production is reflected in the fact that so many other people are posting interesting stuff.

I wanted to do the same sort of thing for blog posts as I did for the most popular Lindy Hop videos, but I quickly discovered how hard that would be since there is no one place like YouTube where I can reliably check who has had the most hits over the past year. At first I went through my handy dandy Facebook page for this blog and compiled the posts that got the most “likes” and comments. As I went further back, I realized the problem with this approach since I only started FB page in February, so obviously items posted earlier this year got fewer responses. Facebook does provide “Insight” numbers (number of impressions, views, clicks, responses, and virality which sounds slightly obscene) for posts on the page, but they only go back to July 19, 2011. The other problem I noticed is that really popular posts like stuff by Bobby White or Rebecca Brightly were re-posted by other people which would garner responses I wouldn’t necessarily notice, and would subsequently lessen the likelihood of people liking or commenting on my page. I thought about alternate ways to factor this in, but there really isn’t a good way to do it, especially with my short attention span.

Ultimately, I compiled this list based on a combination of the available data, my terrible memory, and arbitrary bias. If you think of a really cool post that isn’t included here, feel free to post it to the comments.

Lindy Blogging MVP’s

Before we get to the bulk of the list I do want to single out the work of three people:

First up is my Jam Cellar compatriot, Bobby White, the man behind the ever interesting Swungover. I find it ironic that I write here just to write while Bobby often takes a more historical tact with his posts including his epic “Savoy Style vs. Hollywood Style: A Fight to the Death (Hopefully?)” post complete with equally epic footnotes. It’s funny to me because I’m the one with the degree in History and he’s the one studying for his MFA in Writing. He’s pretty much blowing everyone away in terms of the number and scope of his posts. If you missed them, then check out his “Happy Birthday Swungover: 2011 Year in Review” I’d also like to thank him not just for his work, but also for the feedback on my blog and the insightful discussions we have about writing in general.

On a related note, Bobby and I are working on a fun project, hopefully coming to fruition early in 2012.

Next is Rebecca Brightly over at Dance World Takeover. I think of her as the blogger that I should probably be more like. Her focus is different in terms of who she is writing for, but she does a great job of responding to people and encouraging conversation. In fact, her most popular post on my FB page is one asking for more input from others “Dancers: You’ve Got Frustrations? I Want to Hear About ‘Em.” I’m way more hands off by necessity, but if I had the time, I would do a better job responding to all the people who comment publicly and message me privately. I’d like to say that I have a lot of stuff going on, but it’s been an eventful year for her and I admire her ability to juggle it all. My main hope is that she blogs about the merits of dating and marrying Filipino men. In the meantime, you can catch up with her blog on her year end post “DWT: Best of 2011”

Lastly, I want to mention the efforts of Mikey Pedroza. In addition to his regular blog, Mikey has started posting vlogs (video blogs.) He says it’s because he doesn’t have the time to write, but judging from the way these things are put together, it’s obvious that he’s putting a lot of work into them. Follow them on his YouTube channel along with other past and current dance videos he likes to post.

And now, the rest of the notable blogs of 2011

Hands down, my favorite post this year:

Let’s Give ‘em Something to Talk About  . . .

These posts triggered a lot of commentary either on their sites or on my FB page. My advice to every would be blogger or just about anyone saying anything online: 1)Make sure you’re saying what you want to say, and 2) remember that once you put it out there, it’ll take on a life of it’s own. There are several billion people out there. The odds of someone disagreeing with or just straight up not liking what you say are pretty good. Get used to it.

You Really Like Me

Posts that people approved of or just clicked on a lot.

The Circle of Life

I love it when posts build on each other and create a dialogue.

The List

Blogs and websites come and go, come back again, get deleted, and then find life on another site so this is a very small sample of sites that have been active in some way over the past year. I’m probably missing a bunch, so feel free to post more in the comments section. And if you don’t want me to list your site . . . well it’s probably too late, but let me know and I’ll take it off the list.

The Lindy Blogger’s Dozen: Stuff you should be reading, listening to or watching on a regular basis because they post stuff to read, listen to, or watch on a regular basis.

Resources: Videos, competition results, fashion, music and stuff.

Venues and Organizations: Lots of places post their class and dance schedules. These places make it more interesting and/or amusing than most.

Dancers that blog: It may not always be about dance, and it may not be posted often, but there’s a lot of good observations and information by these people.

I want to thank everyone who made the online vernacular jazz dance community just a little more interesting this year. Let’s do this again.

9 Comments

  1. Kevin said,

    December 22, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    You are either far more organized than I could ever be, or you have far more free time than I do.

    Either way, this is amazing. Kudos

    • Jerry said,

      December 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      Believe it or not I put this together in just a few of days starting last Saturday. Very long days going through the FB page and copying and pasting. And there’s more coming.

  2. superheidi said,

    December 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for this post, I will enjoy my holidays reading lots and lots of great stuff. And ohmy, I am severly blushing to find myself on your list, thank you.

  3. Rebecca said,

    December 22, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    There are many reasons to date and marry Filipino men. I hear they are very romantic. They also know how to cook and clean, and are willing to compromise on important issues.

    A Filipino man will get up in the middle of the night to bring his woman a glass of water. He will never forget birthdays or anniversaries. He accepts his woman exactly as she is.

    Did I mention Filipino men are great in bed?

    Just a few things to think about, ladies.

  4. Jerry said,

    December 22, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Truth.

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