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WELCOME to my first HOKEY-POKEY Monday post!

On HOKEY-POKEY Mondays, I plan to post random pearls of nonsense information chased the prior week. I have a list of possibilities for HOKEY POKEY Monday, but reserve the right not to tell you yet. Why?

New ideas will NOT stop dropping by with casseroles and remember-me-in-your-dreams greeting cards.

This first post is an open invitation for guest bloggers from my Blogging-to-Build-Brand class (#WANA112), and any other blogger s who find the concept intriguing.

THE HOKEY POKEY TITLE IS ODD, you say?

I do have reasons for choosing it.

It’s a blog dance that—to me—represents unrestricted fun potential.

Plus, it’s the song that popped into my noggin shortly after I joined Kristen Lamb’s class. I noticed many of my classmates chose the sane route to the Kingdom of Glob.

They chose to learn how to blog effectively before launching.

I remembered how I felt with my first post.

I had no clue what to write about, or how it might be received.

My brain cells got stuck in a mud puddle in ACKland.

So, one drink thought led to another.

Why not give those classmates a chance to put their feet in the blog circle while they build their own platforms?

That produced a brain refrain of “put your right foot in, pull your right foot out, put your right foot in, and shake it all about…”

Quite inspirational.

Inspirational because I knew I wanted a platform to post bits of seemingly disjointed random information: quotes, factoids, pictures, videos, lists of pet peeves, phrase derivations,  observations of RAKMs and RASMs in action, and…

other stuff.

EDITORIAL NOTE: RAKM’s (pronounced Rack-ems) are Random Act of Kindness Moments. RASMs (pronounced Razz-ems) are Random Act of Stupidity Moments.

The Hokey Pokey is fun with multiple moving parts. There is a connection there.

Somewhere.

On to the important business of the day…

HOKEY POKEY BLOG LAUNCHES with INVITATION to GUEST POST

After my EEEpiphany, I expanded the invitation to include all #WANA112 participants PLUS any other bloggers who want to hang out with me.

Think of it as a mock Ellen DeGeneres show. We’ll start with a dance. Guest bloggers get a seat in the chair. Hey! Need a whole column? You can be the star for the day!

Prefer a Q/A format? Send me your questions.

Puzzled for a topic? Scan the list of ideas. Borrow one of those, or keep going with “other stuff.”

Fair warning: If you come up with a random post theme that pops my kettle corn, you may receive an email or tweet: “Great idea! Can I steal the concept when you finish your post?”

Here are the limited guidelines and instructions:

  1. Tweet @gloriawrites by January 30th.
  2. There are NO RESTRICTIONS on promoting your own site in your blog post.
  3. No need to offer audience prizes, but—in case you’re curious—I like Whoopie Pies, White House/Black Market gift cards, and I do not yet own an iPad.

SOME RANDOM FACTOIDS ABOUT THE HOKEY POKEY

Random facts about this tradition found on Widepedia.

If you don’t believe me I don’t blame you, you can check the Wikepedia facts here.

  • “…the inspiration for the song’s title that resulted, the hokey pokey, came from an ice cream vendor…calling out, “Hokey pokey penny a lump. Have a lick make you jump”. He changed the name to the “hokey cokey” at the suggestion of the officer who said that cokey, in Canada, meant “crazy” and would sound better.”
  • “Some scholarsattributed the origin to a Shaker song titled Hinkum-Booby…” Note to self: Search for derivation and meaning of Hinkum-Booby.

There are different names for the song and dance by country.

The song we call Hokey Pokey in the U.S. goes by other names.

  • Hokey-Cokey or Okey-Cokey (U.K.)
  • Hokey-Tokey (New Zealand)
  • Pokey-Pokey (a Canadian children’s game),
  • Cokey-Cokey (also Canadian), and (my favorite)
  • unconfirmed derivation from the Shaker song, Hinkum-Booby

ALL THIS HISTORY behind a dance we usually stumble through after imbibing the bubbly at wedding receptions? Who knew?

BONUS! The HOKEY POKEY is in GUINNESS BOOK of world records.

Congratulations to the IOWA HAWKEYES for nabbing the Guinness Book of World Records for an estimated 7,000 participants in the HOKEY POKEY on September 3, 2010. I love this particular video because it demonstrates that people of all ages can have fun and come together with a HOKEY POKEY.

And, isn’t that what it’s all about?

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I hope you enjoyed this history lesson on the HOKEY-OKEY-COKEY-POKEY-TOKEY-HINKUM-BOOBY.

THANKS FOR POPPING BY, AND STAYING LONG ENOUGH TO READ THIS SENTENCE. LEAVE A COMMENT, SO I KNOW YOU WERE HERE. OR, SHARE ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE FACTOIDS, OBSERVATIONS, QUOTES, OR LINKS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION.

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