Monday, April 25, 2011

Kalyn's Kitchen is Six Years Old and Six Life Lessons I'm Learning from Food Blogging


I believe life is an ongoing process of lessons presented from the universe; things that can help us to grow as human beings if we pay attention to them.  When I started my blog with this simple little post six years ago, I never guessed what a life-changing adventure I was beginning.  Food blogging has been an intense learning process for me, and although I appreciate the things I've learned about technology, writing, photography, writing recipes, and how the internet works, it's the life lessons reinforced through blogging that I'm reflecting on today.  Here are some things I've learned (or re-learned) from six years of  food blogging.  (And after you read  my list, I'd love to hear in the comments about what life lessons you've been working on over the past six years.)

Life Lesson #1:  
Be Yourself, Because No One Else is Exactly Like You
In the creative process of blogging, it's easy to question how you're doing things and wonder whether or not you're doing it "right."  If I let myself, I sometimes watch what other bloggers are doing and start to worry about whether my writing should be be a little more personal or my photos a bit more creatively styled or should I be posting more baked goods or desserts?  I've been working on learning to trust that my personal style of cooking, photographing, writing, and blogging is completely perfect for me.  Those who like my blog will keep reading it and those who don't will find some other blog that fits their preferences a little better.  Just as it should be.

Life Lesson #2:
Be Kind and Generous and Good Karma Will Follow
There are daily interactions with others in blogging that can be seen as opportunities to practice exercising kindness and generosity.  I try to do my best at patiently answering questions from readers (even when the information is already on the blog) or replying with something helpful to new bloggers who write for advice (even on days when I don't have time to answer long lists of questions.)   Some types of blogging generosity are easier to implement.  In every recipe post I enjoy linking to similar recipes from other blogs, which I consider to be a complete win-win-win because it benefits my readers as well as the blogs I'm linking to, and builds up good blogging karma as well.  Being kind and generous is a lesson I'm constantly working on, but I have no doubt about how important it is.

Life Lesson #3:
Pay Attention to What Feels Right to You
Blogging is a medium that's constantly changing, and there are honest differences in opinion and not many rules about how things should be done.  I still remember the first time years ago when I eagerly accepted a free cookbook and wrote about it on my blog, and through the years I've accepted a few products and featured them, always disclosing that I got the item free.  I never accepted that many free products, but I realized  recently that I wanted to stop accepting products or cookbooks at all.  If I talk about a cookbook where I found a recipe or feature a product for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks, I want my readers to know that I'm writing about those things only because I use the product or cookbook myself and love it.   I enjoy sharing recommendations with my readers, but what feels right about that for me is being able to say that I bought something myself when I'm talking about it on the blog. 

Life Lesson #4:
Forget About the Failures and Focus on What Works
I'm always baffled when food bloggers post a recipe and then say that they didn't really like how it turned out.  I guess that works if your blog is just a record for yourself, but I want people to cook my recipes and enjoy them, so my standards about what makes it to the blog are pretty high.  From time to time I have a bad streak of "not blogworthy" recipes and it really starts to get me down (not to mention the wasted food which gets thrown away!)   A lesson I'm always trying to learn is to not waste energy worrying about the failures, focus on what does work, and move on.

Life Lesson #5:
A (New) Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
When I started my blog in 2005 I hadn't even entered the digital camera age.  I still have a lot to learn about photography, and although the last few years my photos are better, I still have some pretty gruesome photos  left from those early years.  A few months ago I realized that if I'm ever going to have time to update those old posts, I was going to have to revisit recipes a lot more often than I'd been doing.  At first I worried about what readers might think, but I quickly realized that every time I update an old post with great new photos it makes me feel so much better about my blog that I can't worry about whether anyone cares that there isn't a new recipe that day.  (And thanks to people who have let me know that they missed some of those early posts and enjoy seeing them revisited!)

Life Lesson #6:
The Friends You Make are What Really Matters
I saved this one for last, but actually the biggest lesson I've learned through blogging is how every life experience is an opportunity to meet other people doing the same thing, and if you're lucky some of those people can turn into dear friends and impact your life in ways you never could have imagined.  I'm not going to try to name all my great blogging friends for fear I'll forget someone, but the fellow bloggers who've supported me through a couple of rough spots over the years know who they are, and I hope they know how much I love and appreciate them.  I'm also lucky enough to have a family where some of my best friends are my brothers and sisters, plus some wonderful real-life friends, and I'm grateful for their love and support every day of my life.  I appreciate the thoughtful readers who send me nice e-mails and who feel like friends to me as well.  When I think of all the ways blogging has had a positive impact on my life, it's the people I've met that I'm most grateful for.

What are the Life Lessons You're Working On?
So those are the life lessons I've been learning through six years of blogging, and if you're made it this far in a post with no recipes and only a single photo, thanks for reading and for your support of my blog!  I'm currently out of town for Easter without a computer, but I'll read comments and publish them with the iPhone until I get back.  I'd love to know in the comments if any of the lessons I'm working on resonate with you or  if there are other persoal life lessons you'd like to share.

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115 comments:

  1. Kalyn, congrats on 6 yrs. and thanks for the sage blogging advice...I try to do all of the things you mentioned.

    Here's to another 6 years!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary Kalyn! Six years is a very impressive accomplishment! You should be very proud of yourself ! :)
    (Thanks for the great tips!)
    - Brittany

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  3. That's meaningful and inspiring!
    Thanks for sharing!! :D

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  4. Congratulations on your 6th blog birthday. What an achievement. I totally agree with your "life lessons". Keep on going!

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  5. It sounds as if blogging has brought much to your life - I am grateful for your blog recipes. Yes - I am a South Beach devotee with the same sensibilities as you. I do follow it all the time, but will have white potatoes if they are served to me and the occasional Blizzard from Dairy Queen. :)

    Oh - and food styling is always a challenge for me. I am not a food blogger, but do feature a photo of the day which sometimes is something I ate, like the avocado and tomato salad I had yesterday.

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  6. Happy Blogaversary!! I have been enjoying your blog for a good while now. Keep up the good work.

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  7. Your style suits me as a reader perfectly! I have been using your recipes for the past 6 months or so as I attempt to be a better eater and I'm so grateful for the time and attention you have given to these recipes. I love the photos, especially step photos just to know I'm doing it right! I love that you know that everyone has different tastes and you mention that some people might like it with/without some ingredients. I love cilantro too. :) Thanks for doing what you do!

    Christine - An Oklahoma fan of yours.

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  8. Congratulations and thanks so much for this blog. It has been a God send for my family! I really mean it, I am healthier because of this blog. Our family cannot thank you enough. Happy 6 year anniversary!!

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  9. Happy 6th Birthday!! I greatly enjoy reading your blog, and resonate with many of the items you've listed as your "lessons".

    Blessings!
    SnoWhite @Finding Joy in My Kitchen

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  10. Happy 6 yrs..I enjoy your blog... its a daily routine to check your blog each day...

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  11. Happy 6th anniversary Kalyn!

    Lucky us!

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  12. Happy anniversary to you. Happy anniversary to you. Happy anniversary, dear Kalyn!

    xoxox!

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  13. Many congratulations to you! My colleagues and I have found your site to be a life-saver, especially while on Phase 1. :)

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  14. What a wonderful entry! I'm a regular reader, and love your style.

    As for the life lesson about failures. I find myself in a bit of a predicament when I get excited over a dish and it doesn't come out exactly right. When it comes to cooking, I tend to not post it, but when it comes to baking, I do tend to post it out of hope that someone will have some advice. I'm relatively new to gluten-free baking (2+ years) and so I hope that by putting my failures out there, someone will have had a similar experience with a solution.

    Also, my "day job" in neuroscience and cognitive science research is collaborative, and I tend to apply that collaborative drive of my personality to cooking. I hope that as a community, we can all help each other perfect dishes, rather than me perfecting one for myself solely.

    Your blog is just wonderful as is, and I look forward to many more entries. Thanks for sharing!

    -Jackie at Jackie's Kitchen
    (http://visualcookbook.blogspot.com)

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  15. Happy birthday! Please know your efforts are most appreciated by all of us who read your blog!

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  16. Kayln, have just started following your blog this month and enjoy it very much. Since I am new, glad you are reposting some of your oldies. Happy Anniversary!

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  17. Congratulation, Kalyn, on reaching this important marker, and thanks for sharing your thoughts is us. I found #5 particularly interesting as I recently thought about updating older posts.

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  18. Great post, Kalyn! My business is teaching voice and theatre, but I find those life lessons are exactly the same for me. I think your attitude shines through in every post, which is why yours is my very favorite blog. I read it every day, and sometimes more than once! Thank you for sharing your passion and principles with us.

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  19. Six fabulous years! For me your blog has always been an example of how to create something that truly has the user in mind, always looking for ways to make the blog more user-friendly and spreading that good karma in the blog universe. Thanks for all of the lessons taught by example, and here's to many more years of good stuff from Kalyn's Kitchen.

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  20. Happy 6th birthday to Kalyn's Kitchen. :)

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  21. Congratulations! I'm sure I am only one of many who has found success with the help of your recipes. I've enjoyed so many delicious meals thanks to you. You are appreciated more than you may realize!

    Thank you, thank you!

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  22. Happy blogiversary! 6 years- that's amazing.

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  23. Congratulations Kalyn! I found your blog several years ago when researching SB diet recipes and have been an avid reader and collector of recipes since. Thank you....

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  24. Happy 6th birthday Kalyn. Hears to many more successful years and continued friendships!

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  25. Kalyn, when I started blogging a little less than 2 years ago, I reached out to you asking for some advice on things I wasn't sure about.

    You were THE kindest, sweetest person ever, and I am so grateful, you helped me more than you know, not only from your feedback, but from keeping a blog that has been a great model for me.

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!

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  26. Happy blogiversary, Kalyn! I always enjoy reading your posts and trying your recipes, and I look forward to many more.

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  27. Love the life's lessons....love your blog...and most importantly love you! You are a very fantastic sister....life lesson #1 ...A PERSON CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY SISTERS!

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  28. Happy Birthday Kalyn!! How does it feel to be six? :)

    Love the life lessons and love your blog!

    SusieT

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  29. Congrats! I have enjoyed reading your blog for probably about 3 years now. Thank you for everything you do!

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  30. Thanks every one for all the nice thoughts and comments. I've been out of town, publishing all the comments before this with my iPhone, and I've really enjoyed reading them as they came in.

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  31. Congratulations on SIX wonderful years! xoxo

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  32. Happy birthday, Kalyn! Thank you for sharing your wisdom. xoxo

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  33. Happy Blogversary!

    Being yourself is the best advice. I think sometimes seeing so many other great blogs, it's easy to get envious or to get caught up in trying to be like someone else. But in the end, a blog is personal. What works for you is what sets you apart.

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  34. Happy blog bday Kalyn! I have always appreciated the integrity with which you approach blogging, and I have learned so much from you during the past 2 years since I started my own blog. Thanks for being awesome, and for being YOU.

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  35. What an excellent list of lessons, Kalyn. Very inspiring and all so true. Happy sixth anniversary! I'm looking forward to many more years to come!

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  36. Happy Blog Day to you!

    I gotta say, the reason I keep coming back to your blog over and over is easy... you have great taste in food! :-D

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  37. Happy Bloggerversary, Kalyn! You are an inspiration. I learned Lesson #2 from you.

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  38. Nice list! Happy anniversary, keep on blogging...

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  39. Happy Anniversary! Wishing you many more!

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  40. Congratulations on six successful years of blogging. I found your blog only a couple of years ago, but have really enjoyed most things I have tried and then reposted the recipes on my own blog. There is so much good food out there to cook, its hard to do it all!

    I too have enjoyed the many good friends I have made while blogging, its great.

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  41. What a wonderful list. I love this! I especially appreciate the one on updating old posts with new photos - we're hoping to do more of this, since we have some great recipes from our early days (and even occasionally in recent times) with truly AWFUL pictures. Worse, there are even some beginner posts from me with NO picture - can you imagine? Oh, the rookie mistakes.

    Anyway, here's to onward and upward! Congratulations . . . and THANK YOU.

    -- The Anne half

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  42. Happy anniversary! Thanks for sharing the past six years--as well as your blogging wisdom--with us. I agree with all your points, though I don't have the time to go back and re-take all my bad photos. Sadly, they will have to remain on my blog to keep me humble.

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  43. happy blogoversary and I love your heartfelt post. You're one of the first few blogs I read when I started cooking/blogging and I'm still inspired by your creations.

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  44. Congratulations on six years Kalyn. How wonderful. I love your list, particularly the first one. I think we all look at other blogs and sometimes feel we could do things better or diferently. I'd love to change the look of my blog but don't have the required skills. I could hire some one but I'd rather spend the money on my camera. So i plod along looking a little old fashioned amongst so many smart looking blogs. Someday I'll surprise everyone with a new look.

    I look forward to many years of reading Kalyn's Kitchen.

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  45. You are such a special person and I thank the gods that I met you so early in my own blogging career as I just know that you have shaped my way of being a food blogger-thanks Kalyn and Happy birthday to Kalyn's Kitchen!

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  46. Congratulation! That's amazing! :)

    Thanks for sharing

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  47. Hmmm. Think my comment disappeared.
    Happy Anniversary and Congratulations on 6 wonderful years.
    Hard to believe it's been that long and that it's only 6. Well done!
    Lovely life lessons!

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  48. Time flies so fast... Congratulations on your sixth anniversary! I am coming up on my first and I am in awe. I can only imagine going through six years of this. I already feel as if I have grown tenfold since last May:)
    I read several blogs (yours included) before I started mine, and found so many excellent pieces of information and advice. Thanks!

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  49. Congratulations Kalyn! You've always been one of the people who was there when I first started. To me you are something like the fairy blog mother - knowing you are around makes me feel good. Looking forward to the magic you create here and sending you all my very warmest wishes!

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  50. Congrats and wishing u many more wonderful and fun blogging years ahead..and of course a very nice list of the six lessons learnt

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  51. Happy sixth Blogaversary Kalyn. Your friendship and support over the years has meant so much to me. Your kindness to others shines through on every post. You should be proud of yourself and this wonderful blog you have created that means so much to so many. Here's to many more years of continued success!

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  52. Happy 6 years Kalyn. I remember more than a year ago when I was first introduced to food blogging world I stumbled upon your storing rosemary post and then posted it on my blog (with credit). I didn't have a clue what blogging is what I was doing at the time only thing I thought was I know or understand a about Indian food which I enjoy talking abt. And then after a yr Peter(kalofagas) tweeted abt my blog and you said my blog was a great find.You can imagine how happy that made me! You are warm and kind and I have learned so much from you!

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  53. Kalyn, I think you're wonderful. Happy blogiversary! I love that you stay "you" on your blog and in real life. You life lesson list is a blog tutorial for all of us---thanks so much for it and your blog! :-)

    Shirley

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  54. congrats Kalyn! Yo! I am so happy to know you via this blog!

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  55. This post almost made me cry Kalyn, that's how much I identify with it! Happy six years...I'm fairly certain that your blog was one of, if not THE, first I'd ever read and it definitely inspired me to start my own. I agree with all of these life lessons and have felt similarly, especially that last one. The friends I've made through blogging are what really makes it amazing! Here's to many more years of gorgeous and delicious food!

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  56. Happy Sixth, Kalyn! Wow - that's quite a birthday to celebrate - and you're still going strong. Congratulations!

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  57. Congratulations, Kalyn! That's a lot of blogging. Loved your Life Lessons!

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  58. Hi Kalyn,
    Congratulations on all you've done for us over the last 6 yrs.
    I appreciate your hard work and expertise and hope you will continue this journey for many years to come.
    Thank you Kalyn,
    Regards,Barbara in Toronto

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  59. Congratulations on 6 terrific years, Kalyn, and I want to wish you many many more. I found myself nodding at all your life lessons.

    One lesson I have learned from blogging is to develop a thick skin- to ignore the cynics and instead focus on building relationships with those who are good and kind.

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  60. Happy Anniversary Kalyn! I started following a couple years ago when I first began South Beaching & I LOVE your blog! I'm always suggesting it to friends & family, even if they aren't SB people. Just made Karyn's fabulous Artichoke, Goat Cheese Breakfast Casserole (I added a little regular bacon, couldn't resist) for Easter, so revisited recipes are just fine with me! Keep them coming =D

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  61. Congratulations on 6 years of finding your voice and sharing it!

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  62. Happy sixth blog birthday! You've been an incredible inspiration over the past five years. Love the lessons you've highlighted here. So true!

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  63. Happy birthday!!! Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! Looking forward to reading/eating for many more years!

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  64. Happy 6th, Kalyn's Kitchen! Maybe sounds hokey, but when I read your posts, I get a warm, loving feeling. And your recipes are great, too! *:0)

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  65. Congratulations Kalyn! Six years of blogging is no small feat and you've done it beautifully. I think bloggers who hang in for the long haul find that it impacts our lives in ways we never imagined, and I'm so glad I got to know you through blogging.

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  66. Congratulations, Kalyn. You are an inspiration and I hope to be following you for at least another 6 years. Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  67. fantastic post! i totally agree!! congrats on 6 years!

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  68. Congratulations Kalyn. I'm very new to blogging so I very much enjoyed your Life Lessons. I have a lot to learn about blogging but I am enjoying the journey. And that would be the lesson I would pass on whether it relates to blogging or eating healthy. "Enjoy the Journey!" I became a nutrition coach after I retired from teaching. I love sharing what I'm learning and I invite anyone interested to join me on my journey. Blogging is helping me do that. And so are you! Thank you for all your great work.
    Linda Powers
    www.powershealth.com

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  69. Wow, how heartwarming to wake up to so many wonderful comments. I am really touched by all the kind words; thanks everyone.

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  70. My hearty congratulations Kalyn! Wishes for many more years to come. It's always wonderful to read your posts, they always inspire so much.

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  71. Wow!
    Your 6 year blogibirthery and I only discovered you a few months ago! Thank you thank you for your delicious recipes, and for your unique self that shines through everything you do!

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  72. I am a very long-time reader who has cooked many of your recipes but rarely commented.

    Love your style and your recipes. Beans and cilantro especially : )

    You inspired me to document my own cooking.

    Congratulations to you, and thanks.

    —Muffin Tin

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  73. First of all, Happy 6th Birthday to your blog! Six years...wow! I think that makes you a real pioneer in the world of food blogs. Congratulations!

    I can totally relate to all of your life lessons! Thanks for taking the time to write them; it makes me feel like I'm on the right track! ;)

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  74. Congratulations, Kalyn! Your words of inspiration are uplifting and so true.
    Hope you're someplace warm and sunny over the holiday; six inches of snow here this morning -- yuck!
    Margarethe

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  75. Congratulations! I love your blog - and I can't wait to see a 7-year anniversary! I love your advice about blogging - sometimes I find myself obsessing over posts that fail or that I see have a TON of grammatical/spelling errors. I can usually convince myself that it's the end of the world - until my next post! I definitely need perspective!

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  76. Congrats on the 6 years- your blog is really beautiful! I just started a blog this month, and really appreciated these blogging tips- very inspiring... thank you :)

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  77. Congrats, Kalyn! You give so much to the blogging community at large. Thanks for 6 years of brightening up the Internet (and many more).

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  78. Congratulations, Kalyn! You are such an inspiration to me and so many others that blog. You are truly generous with your knowledge and your friendship and I am so grateful for that. I am raising a glass to you, my friend.

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  79. Congrats to you Kalyn, for creating with all your hard work, one of the most inspiring blogs. I am sorry that I do not leave comments as often as I should. But I could not miss this wonderful time to let you know, that this place is special and inspiring and always will be.

    hugs.
    Soma

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  80. Congratulations! Not only have you achieved 6 years of fabulous posts but I'm going to print out your life lessons and put them up in my workspace. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Anniversary!

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  81. Happy Blogiversary. You are definitely a class act.

    M

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  82. Congrats on SIX years... Be still my heart... This same day is my ONE year blog-aversary, and I so enjoyed reading your thoughts and advice! Your blog is definitely one to aspire to!

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  83. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging Kalyn! I'm a big fan of it, and looking forward to more years of great recipes.

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  84. Wow, 6 years, that's awesome! I love your site and your style and your recipes of course!!! I hope you're a foody blogger for another 6 years!!! ;)

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  85. What wonderful and timely advice. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and congratulations on six years!

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  86. I am posting most of these comments with my iPhone, and really enjoying reading every one. Thanks everyone for taking time to leave a comment!

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  87. Congratulations on six years of your blog, Kalyn! A pleasure to read, and I've come to love, among other things, the Five Fun Things on Friday series.

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  88. Happy Birthday Kalyn's Kitchen! I am so proud of all the great work you do! I made Karyn's artichoke breakfast casserole for Easter brunch and it was so good. Thanks for putting a plethora of delicious recipes out there for us to see and try. Love you.

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  89. Your blog is wonderful. Hapyy 6! I am just starting out in the blogging realm and it is always helpful for me to see a blogger I admire talk about how far they have come. I always am wishing that my photos were better, or my writing was better .... blah blah blah but, I have realized this is where I am at in my journey and that is OK. I love doing it and that is what matters.

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  90. Happy Six!! I like your lesson #1, when you talk about seeing what other bloggers do and wonder if you should... I'm glad you are you because you are good at what you do. When I want to find a new way to cook a particluar veggie your blog is one of my go-tos because you are so creative that way. I have a dear almost 80 aunt who was looking for veggie recipes and I showed her your blog and she was so impressed and wanted the link.

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  91. I've had a smile on my face for 3 days now from all the nice comments, thanks again everyone!

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  92. Congratulations !!! That's like 42 years as the universe sees it. Over the last 8 years or so I've learned patience, to have fun with it and take a breather if you need to. And sister, this kid needed a breather!

    Meathenge will be back here pretty soon, am ramping up my psyche. I even have a small garden this year!

    xo, Biggles

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  93. Hi Kalyn! I'm happy I found your blog through Dara.;) This is a wonderful post. Congrats on 6 yrs of blogging. I just started last year and your post is inspiring:)

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  94. Biggles, I still have you in my RSS reader, so I'm hoping to see a post show up soon!

    Cake Duchess, thanks so much (and I just adore Dara, she's a great friend to me!)

    Sorry I have done a miserable job at replying to individual comments left here, but I am blown away by all the nice comments and appreciate every one!

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  95. Happy six years food blogging, Kalyn! When you were hosting those houseboat adventures on Lake Powell, you created recipes and we all wanted copies. Fun times!
    Love your six lessons - I would say you are truly passionate about your blog world.
    I have been working on lesson # 1 - Being my Authentic Self with everyone.

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  96. Just realized that I posted your 99th comment and want to post the 100th comment, unofficially of course. (the next post will be officially a different reader)

    Lots of great wishes for food and photos and Fun Friday blogging for the next sixty years! WH

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  97. Thanks Wanda, and you certainly deserve to have two comments!

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  98. Warm congrats to you on your 6th Blogaversary, Kalyn :). Thanks for sharing your learning-- love "being yourself" especially. That's not always an easy thing to pull off writing a blog, or anything for that matter. What have I learned? A bit of give and take. As much as I set out to blog about whatever I was sampling in my house at the time, paying attention to what others enjoy has been fun, too, and I think helped those friendships you mention. That's the best part :)

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  99. Congrats on your 6th ~ I've only been here for a short time but I've enjoyed (sometimes literally!) every post.

    Thanks for all you do for your community here! :)

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  100. Kellypea and Michelle, thanks so much!

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  101. congratulations on 6 years - and still going strong!

    Love your list! I especially like your point about allowing your blog to changes as you change - it is the beauty of the internet that it is such a fast developing mediaum

    re the point about focusing on what works - I actually post some failures - some because they amuse me and others because I am learning from them and I think others can learn too. I guess my blog is a personal record and I find that while I don't remake a lot of recipes, I do make some similar recipes over and over and it is interesting to trace their development on my blog

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  102. Thanks Johanna. And the beauty of blogging is that there's no one way to do it!

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  103. Happy Blogiversary Kalyn!

    Thank you for all you have done for me and everyone who visits. You were one of the first blogs I began reading way back when and feel blessed that I have been able to meet you, have lunch/dinner with you, etc.

    Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks! :)

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  104. Thanks Chris. I do remember finding your blog too, way back when! And I'm very excited to come to Atlanta!

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  105. Congrats! I don't have a lot of time to read blogs, but I make the time to read yours! It's the best! I've shared it with friends on Facebook on many occasions when I've cooked one of your awesome recipes. They're too good not to share. Here's to many more years of blogging for you and good eating for the rest of us! The life lesson I'm finally learning at age 47 is to slow down and enjoy every phase of life. My kids are leaving the nest and it took me completely by surprise! I'm recovering. :-)

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  106. Teresa, you are sweet to say that. Glad you're been enjoying the blog. And I like your advice about slowing down; I need to work on that one!

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  107. I remember my brother lost over a hundred pounds about 7 years ago. He had gone through a nutritionist and forwarded me all her meal suggestions and exercise suggestions. I disregarded them. He's since put it back on, and is now struggling with his weight. 6 years later, I was blown away when I began the south beach diet and, not to say that the beginning was easy, but how natural it began to feel and how much the weight fell off. A few weekends I had pizza late at night with my friends, or had mashed potatoes at dinner, little slips like that, but the weight kept coming off. I loved how I could still lead a perfectly normal life and not be high maintenance at dinner parties and restaurants. I keep trying to tell my brother about the south beach diet, and he insists that his program works for him. Maybe he'll never use the south beach diet, maybe he'll work his own way. I'm glad that I found the south beach diet at the right place and time to change my life. I'm frustrated, but what I'm learning is that people can only come into things when they're ready, at their time.

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  108. Ali, what a great lesson. I'm also grateful that I found the South Beach Diet, and I admit, I have felt some of those same feelings watching people who I felt could benefit from South Beach but who rejected it for some reason or the other. But you're right, everyone must find their own path.

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  109. I don't know how I came across this page but I am so glad I did. I am new food blogger and I started the same reason that you did - to stop sending recipes via email to friends. I absolutely loved reading these lessons. Good enough to bookmark. Thank you for posting this. :)I will be skimming through your pages a lot more.

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  110. So glad it was useful to you and that you're enjoying the blog.

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  111. brinkka2011 says: Just wanted to say your Blog is in my rss you got a way with words.. Cheers,

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