Sunday, August 3, 2014

Great Source for Articles on Belly Dancing

I use to love receiving my Habibi magazine when I first started dancing in the 1980's.  This journal has gone through many publishers through it's life before it ended in 2002.

Shareen El Safy was the last publisher from 1996 - 2002 and she has created a website called "The Best of Habibi".

Here you will find around 260 articles that were published during the time she was publisher.  Check it out when you have lots of time to read, :-)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Four Mistakes Dancers Make on the Internet

When updating my website today I ran across an article by Princess Farhana entitled, "Four Mistakes Dancers Make on the Internet".

I started my website, Joy of Belly Dancing back in 1990 when there wasn't a lot of information on the Internet about belly dancing.  I use to spotlight a dancer each month and a lot of the spotlights I received were sent via snail mail to me and I had to scan in the photos and type the bios in by hand.  I stopped spotlighting dancers in 2009 since no one wanted to be bothered promoting themselves anymore; I know crazy that's free advertisement!

Through the years I have seen a lot of dancer websites being born and recently they are disappearing; this is sad.

Everyone is saying, I have a Facebook page I don't need a website and this is not true a website is still very important.  Not everyone has Facebook, I know hard to believe, and if you are not "public" on Facebook not everyone can see it.  You don't want to mix personal life with you dance life, so I agree totally with Princess Farhana.  Don't get me wrong social media is important but it's not a website that promotes just you.

Check out her article when you have a chance,  It is going to be a series, I can't wait for the remaining articles.