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~Give Good Voice

 

You must understand that your reader is brilliant,
intelligent, and educated.  If you don’t
agree, stop writing.  Now.

 

So– don’t give them your bullshit.  What I mean is—Tell Your Truth. Show your reader what you look like naked
(metaphorically speaking, of course).

 

Speak what is Unspoken.

 

I always go back to the great pioneer, Dooce. She was the first blogger to talk about her
struggle with Post Partum Depression in an extremely raw way.

 

As a result, her readers responded.

Massively.  Remarkably.
Flocking to her blog by the thousands.

 

Her readers sprinted to support her because they could
indentify & relate to her hopelessness and depression.

 

Isn’t it comforting suddenly realizing….

You::::Are::::Not:::Alone?

 

~Acknowledge Your Readers

 

Unless, for
example, you ‘re  Dooce, The Bloggess, or
Lady Gaga,  you probably don’t have time
to respond to all of your readers. Right?

 

But if
you’re not legendary at the moment,
perhaps you can take a moment to simply say,  “hey,  I hear you. I see you. I value you.”

 

I blogged
for Skirt for six months strait without receiving a single comment.  I remember thinking,  “Does anybody even know I’m HERE?  Helloooooooo.”

 

When I
received my first comment, it felt like a little kiss upon my cheek.

 

Thank you,
Amy Fagan.  I’ll never forget my first
commenter was YOU!

 

~Is Your Content Remarkable/Relatable?

 

I’ve read a few bloggers’ that write something like this:

 

“ I went to bed with a horrible headache.  I slept until 9:00 AM.   When I got up in the morning, I fed the dog and
then– then I….”

 

No.  No.  No.

 

Nobody cares.  Well,
maybe they care, but they don’t, I presume,
have time to read boring blah sentences.

 

This isn’t a step by step diary.

 

And you’re about as interesting as watching paint dry, water
boil….all of those idiot clichés.  I’d
rather watch my cat, Charlie, vomit up hairballs.  At least it might be entertaining, stinky,
&  stir up my senses.

 

If you’re talking about your everyday life / adventures, at
least make it engaging.

 

For example, One Of My Favorite Bloggers writes about her
day like this:

 

**He shook out his dreamy state, flinging dog hair into the
air like fucking glitter.  Only not as
magical.  But Equally annoying to sweep
up…”You know I’m going to shave you this summer,” I whispered as I scratched
the sweet spot behind his ear.  He
circled around 10 times and flopped his body heavily on the vent.  Asshole….Not only will I shave you, I’ll put
a pink hanky around your neck.”**

 

She’s writing about an ordinary morning in an extraordinary
way.  I could read this shit forever.

 

~Kick Ass Voice

“”This is not a book to be
tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

 

I LOoooooVE this quote by Dorothy Parker !

 

I’ve continually imagined she was
reading a book without soul, without authenticity, without heart.

 

And the reader is NO different
than Parker.

 

Well, at least I’m not.  Every single writer I covet, stalk, &
worship writes without inhibitions or restraint:   Sexton,  Plath,  Angelou,  Nin,  Lamott,  Jong ( to name a few)

 

She opens up her vein and the
blood become the words.

~Do Not Preach. Ever.

If readers’ want a sermon, they’ll go to church.  Let them figure it out by themselves.  Remember, they are capable and SMART as hell.

 

Well, I’ll be damned, I guess I’m preaching by writing this….I’m
suuuuuuuch a hypocrite.

 

Anyhow…

 

~Social Networking is Oh-So-Cool

 

Social Networking is the coolest thing since sliced bread,
babe.

Facebook.   Twitter.   Googleplus.
My Space  Cafémom.  Linkendin.
Pinterest .

 

Must I go on?

What is Your Cause?

Perhaps everything you write  is your cause.

 

If not, find  a cause  you’re  PASSIONATE about.  If you’re excited, others
will be, too.  Believe me.

 

 

——Dear Reader,  what
do you look for in blogs, books, poetry? How important is the writer’s VOICE to you?

Love Love Love…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grApMvrNzd0

 

 

 


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  • Reply
    Tina Barbour
    July 16, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Wow, what a great post!

    Voice is very important to me. I want to “hear” the writer speak the words, even if it’s someone I’ve never heard in person (and most bloggers, I haven’t).

    I look for blogs that are totally honest, even if it’s not pretty. And I like blogs that are focused on a cause, a passion, that have a reason for being.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

      –To “Hear” and “Feel” the writer speak the words is E V E R Y T H I N G.

      And Tina, I looooove “A reason for Being.” Beautiful. Xx

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    nan @ lbddiaries
    July 16, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I want to be inspired or to laugh or learn something. Inspiration can be as simple as a picture of a beautifully set tea table or piper birds leaving prints in the sand at the ocean. Words inspire or bore to heck. I want to be moved, to connect with a writer. I want to be given hope. I want to know how someone got through something. I do not want to be bored to sleep.

    YOU do all – you inspire, make me laugh, teach me so I learn, have amazing pix, use words to bring tears to my eyes and heart, give me hope, cause me anguish, move me. You never bore. YOU are why.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

      ****I want to be moved, to connect with a writer.***

      YES! That is what I want to read, Nan…And that’s how I want to write.

      That’s why I love you. Xxx

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    Impulsive Addict
    July 16, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Girl, I know whatcha mean. I host that link party ob Tuesday’s and I go and read every blog that linked up. Sometimes, I want to poke my eyes out. I’m not saying that my blog isn’t boring…because most of the time, it is but I try to add some spice every now and then.

    I love the way your fav blog writes so descriptively. That’s the sign of a fabulous writer!

    xoxo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Dear Impulsive.
      You. Are. NOT. Boring. Xx

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    Valentine Logar
    July 16, 2012 at 9:38 am

    I believe I need to print this out and paste it to my wall!!!

    Wonderful

    XXXXXOOXXXXX

    Val

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      Emily Woodhouse
      July 17, 2012 at 7:28 am

      Exactly. I can’t resist myself. I am gonna do the same 🙂
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Dear Val,
      And you are WONDERFULllll. X

  • Reply
    Amy@souldipper
    July 16, 2012 at 9:43 am

    There are as many ways to do “kick ass” writing as there are ways to throw a party.

    I always like your parties, Kim!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Amy,
      You are RIGHT ON <3 Xx

      I read cooking blogs that KICK MY ASssss!

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    Dad
    July 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

    I love your blogs Kim, You are so truthful. It’s not to hard to tell when someone is B–Essing.Than their
    blogs are boring & useless.
    Love You More
    Daddy

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

      Daddy,
      I love you more than 33 White Tigers melting gold & honey in the African sun.

      Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Reply
    Linda Medrano
    July 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    I LOVE this post! I LOVE your passion! I LOVE your talent!
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    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Linda,
      It takes one to know one, dear. Xxx

  • Reply
    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    July 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Isn’t it interesting to see just how many different blogging styles there are out there? There is someone doing just about everything, whether we like it or not!
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    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:00 am

      ~~~~~Liz,
      You are sooooooooo right.

      Last time I wrote a blog like this, a few people were pissed off…They wrote to me and said,

      “”Kim, why are you judging me, critizing me, STOP telling me what to do!!””

      NO!!!

      Quite seriously, who I am speaking to with posts like this is “Myself!”

      Me. I always write about things I feel inadequate about.

      Love. Xxx

  • Reply
    Vidya Sury
    July 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I love our voice. What an excellent teacher you are!

    Hugs, Kim. So happy I met you. 🙂 I love the voice that tugs at my heart. And your voice does exactly that.

    Love you! Vidya
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:01 am

      Vidya,
      Talk about teachers!

      You amaaaaaaaaze me with your melting, powerful, inspiring, gentle voice, saint of a voice…..

      Always. Forever. Xx

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    Irene
    July 16, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Don’t mess with the Gaga!

    Excellent post! Not all of us are writers and have a hard time finding stuff to blog about. That would be me. I’m very appreciative of anyone that just “likes” one of my posts. And even more touched that people comment!
    You are one of those bloggers that has the natural nature to put feelings into words! Eloquently! Soulfully! That’s what I love about your blog! Shooting from the hip! That’s what I look for in a good blog.
    I’m NOT into mommy blogs. Been there, done that.
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    • Reply
      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:05 am

      Sweet, Irene,
      everybody has their own voice.

      sometimes people get upset when I write a blog like this…They think I am judging them….

      .but who I am truly talking about is MYSELF…Me not being the writer I should be…thrive to be, strive to be….

      You crack me up w/ your blogs. Talk about shooting from the hip! You say what you mean, and the reader FEELS it, babe.

      And btw, I know mommy blogs that KICK serious ASS. xxxxx

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    Ellen M. Gregg
    July 16, 2012 at 11:50 am

    I love this, Kim. I struggle a bit with revealing too much, even after revealing a whole lot. I’m not a whiner (never have been), but perception is everything, so I take great care with what I say and how I say it. My self-editing is monumental. You’ve given me something wonderful to think on. xoxoxo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:06 am

      ***perception is everything***

      excellent, Ellen!

      You are a VERY wise girl. Xxx

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    Beverly Diehl
    July 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I adore you, Kim. “I’d rather watch my cat, Charlie, vomit up hairballs.” That alone is worth the price of admission to today’s post.

    Hate when I go visit a blog, and first there’s dull as dishwater excuses for not blogging: “I’ve been busy with work, and then the garbage disposal got stopped up, and did I mention the dog had a hangnail?”

    Then the blogger closes without saying ANYTHING interesting. “I’d blog more, but I’m feeling uninspired and think I’ll just go to bed.”

    At the very least, if you’re going to put up a “nothing” post, put some mancandy on it, a pretty picture, SOMETHING. Because otherwise I ain’t going to hurry back to your blog anytime soon.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:07 am

      When in doubt, add a bit of Brad Pitt!

      I always go back to Brad! Haaaa.

      Great advise from a great woman. Xxxx

  • Reply
    Aurora HSP
    July 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    In my opinion, you rock more than Gaga, Girl, you go, love this piece xo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Ummm, More that Gaga, I don’t think so!

      But she inspires !

      Love to you, J. Xx

  • Reply
    Sandra
    July 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Preach girl!!!!!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

      Haaa,

      btw, your blog KICKS ASS. X

  • Reply
    mamawolfe
    July 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more…and I want to thank you for always commenting on my blog. It does mean so much to know that someone is out there, that my words are connecting with another human.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:27 am

      ~~~Mama,
      There is something absolutely Powerful about that…

      Our words connecting and melting and moving into another human brain.

      WOW.

      I know, for me, words have continually saved me.

      Xx

  • Reply
    Terri Sonoda
    July 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I’m so happy to get any comments at all on my blog. But I do know what you mean. Write your passion and they will come. And you are soooo right my friend. LOVE you !
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 8:28 am

      Terri,
      “WRITE YOUR PASSION”

      What else can one ask for?

      Luv You. Xxxx

  • Reply
    Red Dwyer
    July 16, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    It has to speak to my soul, move my mind or warm my heart. It is what I hope my blog does for others. Yours does, Kim! <3

    Much love,
    Red.
    xxx
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

      ***It has to speak to my soul, move my mind or warm my heart***

      Ahhhh, beautiful Red.

      Yeeeeeeees, you do that! <3 Xxxx

  • Reply
    Alison
    July 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    You rock, as do these words of wisdom.

    I would add too – as a blogger, you’re not an island. You need others to thrive, to succeed. So, BE KIND. Always. xo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

      Alison,
      this is exsactly why I love you.

      SUPPORT. Kindess. SPREAD the LOVE. Always.

      You ROCKkkkk. Xxx

  • Reply
    Pat Scattergood
    July 16, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    You’re awesome, Kimmy. This post is good stuff.

    I’m wondering–on the days when I feel as if I’ve been watching paint dry all day (I love that line), should I write? I usually don’t because I fear I will bore my readers. On the other hand, I can sometimes shake the blues/boredom if I start to write. OK, I’m thinking aloud here. It’s a rhetorical question. I know you’re not in the advice-giving business.

    Love you!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:36 am

      I love that you are thinking aloud, Pat. WRITE IT DOWN.

      Luv You Too. Xxxx

  • Reply
    Kathleen Richardson
    July 16, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Thank you for your reminder to “kick ass” when I’m writing for my blogs. I’ll keep that phrase in mind!

    In your email notification today, you asked who we said “I love you to” today. I said it to my son, my daughter, my two grandsons and my granddogger (that’s right, granddogger!).

    Keep writing…
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Kathleen, Oooooooo, My Heart!

      I LOoooVE that you told your son, daughter, grandsons and granddog (CUTE) that “YOU LOVED THEM!”

      Beautiful. Beauuuutiful. Xxxxx

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    Kimmy
    July 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Kimmy ,
    As I’ve told you before you are my inspiration.
    You hit on every emotion. You are multifaceted . You have
    such a river of depth that you have a bridge of wealth that one only
    needs to cross through your passion and love to feel it! I am one
    of the fortunate ones to have experienced some of your rivers of
    passion first hand. Conversations are NEVER boring with you. Never
    have been. You have always been full of passion and you are
    always from the heart . I can see why Lady Gaga inspired you!
    I would love to see her in concert! I still want to camp out at your parents!
    Together Soooon. Love you!!!!!!!!! K

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Ooo, Kimmy,
      I love you, my dear passionate friend.

      Yes, my mom already knows that you are camping outside her house!

      Lets have WINE & food and LOTS of deep conversation… <3 xXXXX

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    Solid gold creativity
    July 16, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Kim, this is great stuff, especially this … “You must understand that your reader is brilliant, intelligent, and educated. If you don’t agree, stop writing. Now.”
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Dear Solid,
      I heard that something like that YEARS ago by a great writer and I remember thinking…

      YEAH, I am BRILLIANT! Haa. Xxx

  • Reply
    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 16, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    You’re SO right! That’s why your blog rocks too! 😀 xxx
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:42 am

      Lorraine,
      You. Inspire. Me. Greatly. Xx

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    The Bipolar Diva
    July 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Awesome post Kim. So much to think about time and time again. I always worry that when I write of my struggles I’ll turn people off, so I try to keep it on the lighter side. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened lately. This massive cloud needs to get the hell away from me! I love you, I love your writing and I love your wisdom.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

      Dear Diva,
      I remember reading your blog a few years ago and thinking:

      “Yes, I looooove that she gives her readers SO much of herself.”

      Don’t you see your own Brilliance? I DO. I do. I do.

      Luv U. X

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    Monica
    July 16, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I just adore Dorothy Parker’s writing (love that quote!) and I adore yours, though not necessarily in this order. 🙂

    You are fabulous, Kim. You kick ass. I love the genuine, heart-felt passion in your voice.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Monica,
      Every writer I know, read, covet…. has made me into the writer I am now…

      Including YOU. <3 Xxx

      We must all learn from one another. I know — I DO!

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    Jann Huizenga
    July 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Kim, you were ON FIRE here!!! Bravissima!!!! I was taken not only with your message, but with the crazy photos of your gorgeous big scrawl over that delicate hand-made paper. I love Natalie Goldberg too, and her Writing Down the Bones is something every writer should read. And I love all the other writers you mentioned too, and though they are passionate writers, not all of them actually expose(d) everything–for instance Anais Nin wrote in a very obscure, veiled way about her love affairs, and certainly never fessed up that she was married to two men at the same time!!!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

      ~~~~Jann,

      Ooo, Nin was sooo Interesting. & I thought she revealed Everything!
      One must always hold a little back, right?

      I think what I loved about her the most was her rebellious attitude towards the time period she was in…her sexuality…her femininity…her willingness to kick male butt in a time when women stayed home to take care of their men.

      btw, I’ve read WRITING DOWN THE BONES several times. To me, Goldberg is just as wonderful as Lamott, but many people do not know who she is!?

      I’ve read all of Goldberg’s books.

      How about you?

      Love flowing to you, dear. Xx

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    Debbie
    July 17, 2012 at 3:44 am

    I love your blog Kim because I can feel what you write. I want to be able to feel what someone writes, down to my soul. I don’t want to read words or bullshit….just feel, feel, feel. You my friend are one great blogger!!!!!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Debbie,
      if you feel what I write, I have done my job as a writer.

      Thank you.

      You Rock! Xx

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    Marie
    July 17, 2012 at 5:05 am

    This is something I should print and stick on the wall, AWESOME as always Kim. Have a Voice definitely. I like when people raise their voice for whatever means something to them.
    This is a great reminder for me too, telling me to search deep into me before saying something.

    Take care Kim. xxx
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:55 am

      ~~~~Marie,
      When a writer writes w/out thinking, it is called “”MONKEY MIND.””

      Sometimes this is the best writing of all….because the writer does not limit herself or have boundaries!

      Love coming your way, dear.Xx

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    elizabeth cassidy
    July 17, 2012 at 5:07 am

    great and inspiring as always. Since I fianlyl decided to “tell my truth” in my book that I am starting soon, I will refer back to your workds! xxox elizabeth

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

      LOVE You, E.

      You always Speak Your Truth! Xx

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    Elke
    July 17, 2012 at 6:40 am

    I really like your point on speaking out the unspoken, that sentence is so inspirational for me! I really like your blogging style, I wish I could have my own as well…maybe later, I have just started my blog a couple of days before.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Dear Elke,
      if you do not have your own style now, YOU WILL, dear!! Xx

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    July 17, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I stand behind you with my pompoms cheering you on darling Kim – YOU ARE AWESOME!!!
    Love, love, love.
    🙂 Mandy xo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Mandy,
      NOBODY is a greater cheerleader of the human spirit than you!

      Were you a cheerleader in school? I bet you were!

      Luv You.

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    Lady E
    July 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Kim, I love your energy (and devotion to Lady Gaga 😉 )…
    Sorry I seem to no longer have much time for the blogosphere, but it’s always a pleasure to catch up with you…
    xx
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      My Inner Chick
      July 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

      “””Gaga sort of epitomizes “the wild writer within!”””

      Lady E,
      Always look forward to your posts about your life in the Alps <3
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    lisa
    July 17, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    You, my friend, are amazing, and what a great post this is!!
    xo.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Lisa,
      well, I feel the same way about YOU <3 x

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook
    July 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Fantastic post! Truly!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      I thank you. Truly! x

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    Brenda
    July 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Kim, the best EVER advice you can give to aspiring bloggers and long time bloggers. The passion must JUMP off the page be ever present in each post. And damn straight, respect your readers above all. Say hi, respond in kind. As always, Mistress Kim, you’ve nailed this one.
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      My Inner Chick
      July 17, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Sweet, Brenda,
      Yes, we must respect the reader….and of couse, we are readers, TOO!

      And I want
      R E S P E C T

      luv 2 You, dear. Xxx
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    Sammie
    July 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Hey Kim! That’s great advice! i agree with you that we need to have a voice when we blog! It doesn’t even matter if it’s in a food blog or a full-fledged personal blog. Writing is just a great way of unleashing our inner thoughts! And of course, receiving comments is something we all enjoy!
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      My Inner Chick
      July 17, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Sammie,
      So True. There are several Foodies that KICK serious ASS!

      Including YOU. x
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    Adriana
    July 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    What a great post. I hope I am not boring. I hope I am engaging. And good lord I hope I connect. I love you for sure..
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      oooOhhh, you connect…

      like beautiful poetry. xx

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    Ann
    July 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Your words move me

    ….always.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 17, 2012 at 7:58 pm

      I miss your blog, Ann. Xxxxx Kiss

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    (FL) Girl with a New Life
    July 18, 2012 at 8:15 am

    I love your passion. Love.

    When I think about a writer’s voice I compare it to a musician. Anyone can play a song, but a passionate musician allows the song to flow through him, allowing his emotions to come through in the music, making his rendition uniquely his own.

    I run through all of my emotions while I’m writing my fiction. I get sad, angry, excited and tearful. My hubs had a hard time understanding how a day of writing could exhaust me the way that it did, until he watched me once. He has never questioned it since.

    I crave books that lift me out of my own body and let me look out through the eyes of the character.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

      ****I run through all of my emotions while I’m writing my fiction. I get sad, angry, excited and tearful.***

      beautiful. & I understand totally.

      I love that your hubs watched you write, Tina….it’s almost as if the writer transforms and resurrects into something utterly new. Isn’t it?

      Sometimes I am just gone…and when I come out of the writing mode, I’m like “OMGgg, what time is it?”

      Xxx Love.

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    Kimberly
    July 18, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Amen.
    Amen.
    And amen.
    This is why I love you. You speak your mind!
    PS. Thanks for the nod love 🙂
    xoxo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

      And I say AMEEEEN!

      Kimberly, Sending you love from Minnesota.

      xx

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    Blond Duck
    July 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I just write whatever pours out.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Yes! That is what you should do, Ducky Xx

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    Alma
    July 18, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I am still trying to find my voice, find what I am passionate about.
    I believe that to be a writer you just need to write and write often …. but you need to dig deeper when blogging if you want to be engaging.
    Thank you for this post and its truth.
    Inspirational as always.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      ~~~~Alma,
      Once I let go …. I mean, really let go,
      this is when I found my true voice.

      You will do the same. Xxx

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    ed pilolla
    July 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    ah, the mystery and legend of the voice. some people got it. you got it.
    i love what you said about readers, loving and insightful.
    🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      July 18, 2012 at 8:08 pm

      ~~And you’ve got it, Eddie <3 xx

      Why haven't I been getting your posts?
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    Bridget
    July 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    I love the part about acknowledging your readers. It’s funny, but at first I wasn’t sure they cared that I read their comments. Now when I don’t have time to respond I feel terrible – like I’ve left them hanging.
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    Sandra
    July 18, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    SUCH a great post! I’m not the Bloggess, but I’m guilty of not responding to each comment, and I find that the most difficult part of blogging. Some days I think I should just not blog since I can’t reciprocate. But then, when I read a post like this one, I think, “How can I not be part of this wonderful community?”
    You are a brilliant writer, and you are an amazing bloggy friend.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2012 at 7:30 am

      ~~~Sandra,
      If one does not have time to comment, do not do it! Many bloggers DO NOT…and that’s okay..

      I’m just giving my 2 cents and who the hell am I?!! Quite bossy (I hear)

      Love your blog sooooooo much!!! Xxx

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    Choc Chip Uru
    July 19, 2012 at 3:54 am

    This is a fantastic post my friend – you are right, I want to hear the blogging voice, not the diary voice! 😀
    I am guilty of not responding and I used to do it all the time but with school, it is just unfortunately too much 🙁
    I read through each comment though and always respond to the ones which ask a question or something!
    You are a brilliant write and once more, my inspiration (I do not know how many times I have told you :D)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2012 at 7:32 am

      Dear Choc,
      YOU GET SOOOOOOOOO MANY COMMENTS….how can you answer everybody?

      I like what Lorraine from NOT QUITE NIGELA does….she does one comment for all of her readers. Kind of cool. I’ve been really inspired by her from the begiinning of my blogging career!

      Anyhow,

      YOU ROCK. I mean, REALLY ROCK.

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    Debra Colby-Conklin
    July 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Well said Kim!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks for reading, Debra. X

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    Jessica
    July 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    I think the writer’s voice is very important and through reading blogs I’ve discovered that there are so many different styles out there and I like it.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2012 at 7:50 pm

      Me, too,Jessica! Including yours. Xx

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    Blond Duck
    July 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Have a fabulous weekend!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2012 at 7:51 pm

      You too, Ducky. X

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    Feeling Beachie
    July 20, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Thank you so much for the love and support you offered me during the past week or so. I can’t thank you enough… I love you and alex did too…
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      My Inner Chick
      July 20, 2012 at 7:11 am

      Oooo, my heart aches.

      I imagine my sister, Kay, is holding Alex right now…just loving and spoiling him in Heaven..

      all my Love. Xxxx
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    countingducks
    July 20, 2012 at 7:43 am

    Got to say this is sooo spot on and direct, which is something I always love about your Blog. I agree with so much of it. I’m not that good at replying to comments, and I know I should be. One of the things that puzzles me in Blog Land is when people “Like” youtr post but not enough to leave a comment. Whats that about. Now my head is a bit clearer I should be visiting more regularly. I’ve missed your posts
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      My Inner Chick
      July 20, 2012 at 7:54 am

      ~~~Ducky,
      I must have been commenting on your site as you were commenting on mine!

      You. ROCk. The. Blog.

      I never miss one of your posts. You are SO DAMN interesting and write soooooo beautifully!!!! Xx
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    injaynesworld
    July 20, 2012 at 8:56 am

    This is one of the best pieces on writing in general, and blogging in particular, that I’ve ever read, Kim. My three-year-blogoversary is coming up next month. In that time, I’ve written both the serious and the silly, and probably everything in between. I’m always mindful that the reader is giving me the gift of their time and I owe them authenticity. Not to mention good grammar and spelling — but that’s a whole different post, isn’t it?
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      My Inner Chick
      July 20, 2012 at 10:10 am

      ~~~Jayne,
      one of the reasons I click to your blog is because
      you ….
      kick. blog. ass!
      & inspire me to do the same.

      Thank you for your kind words <3 xx
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    Barbara
    July 20, 2012 at 10:58 am

    How in the world have I not visited your blog before?! I love it! I’m all about great writing. I like to laugh, to be inspired and to learn, but mostly I want to feel I’m reading the truth. People ask me how I can bare my soul in public and I say what’s the point if you don’t. I’ve got nothing to hide and if sharing my stories helps someone else it’s all worth it.

    I’m signing up now.
    b
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 21, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      ~~~Barbara,
      I’m clicking over to see you immediately! Xx

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    Jodi @ Heal Now and Forever
    July 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    You’ve come a long way baby! 106 comments! You are a real and raw lady with big LOVE to spew! Keeping it kick ass and gorgeously personal. Letting it all out and we can hug you up, love you up through those words of wisdom, richness, grace….
    Jodi
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Ahhhhhhh, Jodi,
      What a SUPERB comment. I want to love you up, toooooooooooooooo. Xxx

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    Liz
    July 20, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I’ve missed stopping by! My email function has been acting up…I got a boat load of my own posts the other day :/ Thanks for the reminder to have a purpose and to have a genuine voice. I better go jazz up my posts that start with I woke up and fed the dog 😉 Have a great weekend and keep speaking your heart! xo
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      Haaaa,
      Did you really feed your dog today?!!! xx

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    Amanda @ Adventures All Around
    July 21, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Wow! Look at all those kisses on the cheek comments!

    I had to add mine to the long list and say your blog put a smile on my face. Thanks for a dose of inspiration.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      You are quite welcome, Amanday <3

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    Rita
    July 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Great post! I’ve been blogging only for few months and I know how important it is to find my own voice. But, sometimes, I find it hard to say things in the exact way I want to… Like “in the raw way”… I guess it will come with the experience of blogging…
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      ~~~Rita,
      your own voice will come w/ time and practice…
      and a great platform like blogging!!

      Good Luck 🙂

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    Stasha
    July 21, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    You are spot on my friend. Is that your journal in the pictures? It is beautiful.
    BTW I woke up at 9 this morning and we had watermelon for a snack 😉
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 21, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Haaaaaaaaaaaaaa,
      superb. how was the watermelon? Xxxx

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    Annabelle
    July 22, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Nice. We could all stand to blog a little more fiercely!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 22, 2012 at 7:32 am

      –Yes. I agree, Annabelle.

      Blogging is a GREAT platform for that! x

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    InsideJourneys
    July 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

    You’re SOOOO right, Kim! This must be said over and over because too many of us think that to be considered a good “writer” we must sound like someone else. Readers aren’t stupid.
    Talking about raw and being naked, there’s a post I’ve been writing in my head for months now. I know I’ll have to bear my chest, I just don’t want it to be a rant.
    I went through a Nin phase sometime back. Love her!
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    Gina
    July 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I NEEDED this today. I was just about ready to hang up a sign on my blog saying “Gone Fishing”. Needing a break because I was boring myself then I found this. Amen and thank you. We can all channel our inner bad ass voice but sometimes it just needs to be found and tapped. Somedays I’m really feeling it and others, I’m not. Maybe “Gone Fishing” means not writing on the days I’m lost for words?

    And re: comment love! I love responding to anyone who has taken the time to leave me a note. Thanks, again!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Take that “GONE FISHING” sign down, Sister, & Kick some Ass! <3

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    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    July 22, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    “Let them figure it out by themselves” – loved that… and ain’t it the truth. When the student is ready the teacher appears.

    Great post Kim!
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      ****. When the student is ready the teacher appears.***

      That is one of my all time FAVE. quotes.

      Sooo true, isn’t it?

      Kisses for you, dear Kelly. Xxxx

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    LADY GOO GOO GAGA
    July 22, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I love this! What if I named my blog after Lady Gaga? Does that count?

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    Sandy Webb
    July 23, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I want to get to know the heart and soul of the blogger that I read. I don’t mind the boring daily stuff about their life once in a while.
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 23, 2012 at 9:39 am

      Sandy,
      yes, the heart and soul !!<3

      but I don’t have time to read the boring stuff! Xx

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    Charlene Ross
    July 24, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Kim,

    Have I ever told you how amazing I think you are? (I think I have…)

    I needed this today – a total kick in the butt. I’m trying to write, trying to find SOMETHING worth writing about that is of interest instead of the blah, blah, blah, but I don’t think it’s in me today.

    The funny (and awesome) thing about you is that you might not have time to read the boring stuff (who does), but I bet you still give an encouraging comment anyway. That’s just who you are – always lifting people up. You’re amazing.

    And yes, you put it out there – completely raw.

    BTW – I remember the 1st person to leave a comment too – it was Cheryl. (No big surprise there!) And I just checked – you were #4!

    Love you Girl! Keep doing what you’re doing – you’re doing it right!

    xoxo
    Charlene
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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 24, 2012 at 7:13 am

      –Charlene,
      I must admit, it is quite rare to find a completely boring blog post because most people have (At least) something interesting to say! They really do….

      You know what?

      I think you are AMAaaaaaZING, too. Beatifully Amazing. & Talented.

      Cheryl! Haaa. No surprise. Miss Cheer Leader! She is one of my faves along w/ you.

      Luv U. Xx

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    Candy
    July 27, 2012 at 5:08 am

    I love this post. I keep reading it over and over and over.

    Thank you

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 27, 2012 at 7:05 am

      Thanks for reading, Candy 🙂

      you’re awesome. x

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    Sandra
    July 4, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    It took me three years, but I think I’m finally there. It’s funny to read a post that hits so close to home at just that moment when you’re turning into the driveway. I love you.
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    Mike
    August 8, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Kim, what an absolutely unique terrific blog! First right off the bat I’m a huge Gaga fan (and I’m from a couple generations past her). Then I saw the blood on her middrift said, ‘ut oh, what’s going on here.” Then I really started reading and said this is FANTASTIC!!! I loved the acknowledge your readers part the most! Thank you for several great reminders! Keep up the great work! 🙂
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      My Inner Chick
      August 9, 2013 at 10:43 am

      Hi, Mike,
      how nice that you stopped by.
      I agree. I love Gaga’s honesty and rawness.
      And this is what I like the most about “Writing,” too.
      She is my dream interview! Xx
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