Welcome–And Apologies for the Mess

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Here at Redheaded Blackbelt, I’m in transition from the Lost Coast Outpost. So, the blog is a bit of a mess. Leave comments below about what you do and don’t like about the new home but don’t worry too much. Things will be changing. I haven’t even decided if I’ll keep the name!  After all, I have more grey hair than red and I haven’t been a practicing black belt in years.

Some of you clever folks out there probably have a few ideas on names for me. Please share. There’s a lot to do and your help is appreciated. HumCinity is a name I’m tossing around–Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity and the vicinity.

But that is heck of an ambitious chunk of country to cover. That would mean less focused coverage of Southern Humboldt where I am centered. Should I just focus on SoHum, northern Mendocino and west Trinity? Let me know what works for you.

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  • Dear Kym Kemp,

    I read a blog post this morning here (https://harmonyinthehills.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/78/#comments) and saw a comment by you that inspired me to write you today. Your comment read, “Thanks for this. You made me feel hopeful.”

    “Hope… is the little voice you hear whisper ‘maybe’ when it seems the entire world is shouting ‘no’!”

    There is so much hope left for this place, but you wouldn’t know it from checking Lost Coast’s news feed.

    There are a lot of people working tirelessly right this very minute in order to bring to light all the good that is happening in this county within its famed industry, as the rest of the world marches forward and advances without its consent or perspective.

    Unfortunately, with nothing but bad press to represent the people caught up in this fight, it seems every degree and shade of participant has been lumped into one, detrimental vision. Shadow life has kept good, honest people from coming forward to defend themselves, but not for long.

    Did everyone at Lost Coast Outpost miss CCVH’s presentation to the board of supervisors? As a concerned citizen I was very disappointed to note that Lost Coast didn’t report on it in the slightest. In case you just missed it, here’s the link: http://humboldt.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=915. Start playing it at 3:44:00. There is a full hour’s worth of presentation full of inspiring quotes and astounding figures. It may have happened nearly a week ago but I think it’s better to report it late than never.

    I hope that your departure from Lost Coast spurs more coverage on these good times now that you’re back on your own turf.

    The time is now for Humboldt County to decide its future. We must decide for ourselves, or have outside forces decide it for us.

    Sincerely,
    A Hopeful, Motivated, and Appreciative Citizen with Perspective

  • Concentrate on So Hum..

  • It’s Lostcoasts Outpost’s loss, but I’m happy you’re back to your own blog. I’d prefer SoHum, northern Mendo, and western Trinity as every other news source, including KMUD, covers more of the area.

  • It’s Lostcoasts Outpost’s loss, but I’m happy you’re back to your own blog. I’d prefer SoHum, northern Mendo, and western Trinity as every other news source, including KMUD, covers more of the area.

  • as a ex humboldt resident living in monterey county I’d like to thank you for you coverage and reporting on all things hum and north coast.

    nate

  • as a ex humboldt resident living in monterey county I’d like to thank you for you coverage and reporting on all things hum and north coast.

    nate

  • Just making a suggestion that you keep the name. You’re hair might be greying, but once a redhead always a redhead, and blackbelt conveys more than just the physical activity. Your blog is an institution and there’s something to be said for continuity.

  • Just making a suggestion that you keep the name. You’re hair might be greying, but once a redhead always a redhead, and blackbelt conveys more than just the physical activity. Your blog is an institution and there’s something to be said for continuity.

  • Eric is onto something with the continuity of the name. I’m really glad you’ve broken free from the Loco blokes who seem intent on spiraling our community into despair. I have yet to see much good news there (that wasn’t over your byline); they ignore anything which doesn’t fit their preconceived notions and agenda.

  • Kym… I’m looking forward to the new format and look…

  • Kym… I’m looking forward to the new format and look…

  • Hi Kym, so sad to see you leave loco but don’t blame you. Too much babysitting !! Looking forward to the new RHBB . Will never forget your concern and action on the canister cleanup in AP. Thanks again and am excited for you.

  • Hi Kym, so sad to see you leave loco but don’t blame you. Too much babysitting !! Looking forward to the new RHBB . Will never forget your concern and action on the canister cleanup in AP. Thanks again and am excited for you.

  • I’m sure gonna miss you at LOCO, you were the best thing about the place but I’m glad that you still have this site to feed our E-NooZ habits. :o)
    I think I have a pretty good idea why you left too, that place was getting overrun by some pretty mean-spirited, nasty trolls, I don’t see how you were able to put up with it as long as you did.
    Good luck on your new endeavor, name change or not (I like RHBB) I’m sure you’ll do well no matter what you decide.

    • Jim, I hope to see a lot of you here. I’m going to moderate comments a little more closely here. We’ll see how that works out. Let me know what you think.

      • “I’m going to moderate comments a little more closely here.”

        Best Idea you’ve had in awhile. :o)

  • I’m sure gonna miss you at LOCO, you were the best thing about the place but I’m glad that you still have this site to feed our E-NooZ habits. :o)
    I think I have a pretty good idea why you left too, that place was getting overrun by some pretty mean-spirited, nasty trolls, I don’t see how you were able to put up with it as long as you did.
    Good luck on your new endeavor, name change or not (I like RHBB) I’m sure you’ll do well no matter what you decide.

    • Jim, I hope to see a lot of you here. I’m going to moderate comments a little more closely here. We’ll see how that works out. Let me know what you think.

      • “I’m going to moderate comments a little more closely here.”

        Best Idea you’ve had in awhile. :o)

  • Sooo Why did you leave Loco?

    • I love the LoCO and will be a regular reader and I’m really going to miss Hank, Andrew and Ryan (as well as Shane, too.) But we had some different ideas. I’m restarting this blog to explore some of mine. We’ll see if you all love the ideas or hate them. Hopefully, you’ll find room for both blogs in your day.

  • Sooo Why did you leave Loco?

    • I love the LoCO and will be a regular reader and I’m really going to miss Hank, Andrew and Ryan (as well as Shane, too.) But we had some different ideas. I’m restarting this blog to explore some of mine. We’ll see if you all love the ideas or hate them. Hopefully, you’ll find room for both blogs in your day.

  • There is always hair color, Kym, so you can still be the red headed Blackbelt
    🙂

  • There is always hair color, Kym, so you can still be the red headed Blackbelt
    🙂

  • I second everything Erik said. I can’t wait to see what direction you take this Kym.

  • I second everything Erik said. I can’t wait to see what direction you take this Kym.

  • Great Photo above.We like RHBB. You have red hair , your solstice son has red hair its a good name with branding why change? Feels cooler already. Focus on Sohum mostly that is a huge chunk right there. If you need some funding we would toss some coinage into a jar. Mostly Thanks for what you do for everybody take some time for you pls.

  • Great Photo above.We like RHBB. You have red hair , your solstice son has red hair its a good name with branding why change? Feels cooler already. Focus on Sohum mostly that is a huge chunk right there. If you need some funding we would toss some coinage into a jar. Mostly Thanks for what you do for everybody take some time for you pls.

  • It would be great to get some coverage in Western Trinity… we are in an info void out here. If I had the time I’d start some trinity coverage, but there happens to be only 24 hours in a day.

    Good luck on your new/revisited ventures.

  • It would be great to get some coverage in Western Trinity… we are in an info void out here. If I had the time I’d start some trinity coverage, but there happens to be only 24 hours in a day.

    Good luck on your new/revisited ventures.

  • I’m up in Del Norte and don’t like being left out. Maybe you could call it Redwoods Redhead and cover the same ground the coastal redwoods do?

  • I’m up in Del Norte and don’t like being left out. Maybe you could call it Redwoods Redhead and cover the same ground the coastal redwoods do?

  • So hum, no men, & west trin covers my stomping grounds and as such would be AWESOME!

  • So hum, no men, & west trin covers my stomping grounds and as such would be AWESOME!

  • I’ve always followed RHBB simultaneously with LoCO just to make sure I didn’t miss your stories that didn’t cross post on LoCO, so I’m not giving up anything by this change—I’m getting more of what I like best.

    Best of all I will enjoy seeing comments moderated more closely. The Thunderdome/Country Club format Hank created has not worked for me, nor has the tolerance for trolls, if anything it got worse. The Country Club is more civilized, but often important comments and discussion are over in the Dome, so trying to comment in the Dome is like being at a family gathering and having an adult conversation constantly interrupted by the kid’s fighting and crying.

    The mess of the blog layout today is okay, I know it will only get better as you have time to settle in.

    I look forward to being here.

  • I’ve always followed RHBB simultaneously with LoCO just to make sure I didn’t miss your stories that didn’t cross post on LoCO, so I’m not giving up anything by this change—I’m getting more of what I like best.

    Best of all I will enjoy seeing comments moderated more closely. The Thunderdome/Country Club format Hank created has not worked for me, nor has the tolerance for trolls, if anything it got worse. The Country Club is more civilized, but often important comments and discussion are over in the Dome, so trying to comment in the Dome is like being at a family gathering and having an adult conversation constantly interrupted by the kid’s fighting and crying.

    The mess of the blog layout today is okay, I know it will only get better as you have time to settle in.

    I look forward to being here.

  • thank you, thank you!
    made me so glad today to see you back on your old/new site, made my day!

    the Hummen’ Westrin Report?

  • thank you, thank you!
    made me so glad today to see you back on your old/new site, made my day!

    the Hummen’ Westrin Report?

  • kym…keep the name ….branding is one of the hardest things to achieve in any media and you have it already….run with it you rock

  • kym…keep the name ….branding is one of the hardest things to achieve in any media and you have it already….run with it you rock

  • Hi Kym,

    I say keep the name.
    Please, Please , please report on North Mendocino, as I looked desperately for news on the fire last summer here on Wilderness Lodge Rd you were the only and best resource I could find. And I’ve followed your posts ever since. Willits News, Ukiah press etc. were pitiful! You and Cal Fire and Broadcastifly were my lifesavers as I watch the fire trucks pass my house on the only road in and out.
    Now I check your site first thing every morning and find news I can’t get anywhere else!
    Thanks Kym you’re a treasure and so are the folks who post or most of them anyway.

    HotCoffee

  • Hi Kym,

    I say keep the name.
    Please, Please , please report on North Mendocino, as I looked desperately for news on the fire last summer here on Wilderness Lodge Rd you were the only and best resource I could find. And I’ve followed your posts ever since. Willits News, Ukiah press etc. were pitiful! You and Cal Fire and Broadcastifly were my lifesavers as I watch the fire trucks pass my house on the only road in and out.
    Now I check your site first thing every morning and find news I can’t get anywhere else!
    Thanks Kym you’re a treasure and so are the folks who post or most of them anyway.

    HotCoffee

  • Hey Kym,

    I love that you’re coming back to RHBB like this, full time. Already the topics at the head of your blog are hinting at how you’ll be spending your soulful, talented time, and the positivity and variety are great. SO glad you won’t have to moderate the trolls when they show up on LoCO anymore. How could that have been any fun for you??

    What you’re doing is really inspiring to me. Thanks for that. And I personally love “Redheaded Blackbelt.” It means a lot more than hair color and regular martial arts practice. To me it signifies your strong female warrior spirit.

    May you always find the words.

    Lisa B.

  • Hey Kym,

    I love that you’re coming back to RHBB like this, full time. Already the topics at the head of your blog are hinting at how you’ll be spending your soulful, talented time, and the positivity and variety are great. SO glad you won’t have to moderate the trolls when they show up on LoCO anymore. How could that have been any fun for you??

    What you’re doing is really inspiring to me. Thanks for that. And I personally love “Redheaded Blackbelt.” It means a lot more than hair color and regular martial arts practice. To me it signifies your strong female warrior spirit.

    May you always find the words.

    Lisa B.

  • Yay, Just checking you out!

  • Yay, Just checking you out!

  • sohumbornsghost

    Nice to have you home again!
    The woman, the mother, the poet, the friend has a lot more to share and I’ll be here everyday.

  • sohumbornsghost

    Nice to have you home again!
    The woman, the mother, the poet, the friend has a lot more to share and I’ll be here everyday.

  • Honestly, I will read whatever you write. You always keep us well informed and I look forward to reading your news in the mornings. Follow your heart Kym, it seems to lead you in the right direction I think.

  • Honestly, I will read whatever you write. You always keep us well informed and I look forward to reading your news in the mornings. Follow your heart Kym, it seems to lead you in the right direction I think.

  • It’s nice to understand what’s happening.

    Do keep the name, and keep your focus.

    You are doing a great job. Thank you.

  • It’s nice to understand what’s happening.

    Do keep the name, and keep your focus.

    You are doing a great job. Thank you.

  • I will write for your page. Not every day, but i miss sharing and feel safe with you.

  • I will write for your page. Not every day, but i miss sharing and feel safe with you.

  • I wanna hat & Tee shirt. This is going to be awesome. So would the artists among us submit to RHBB (if Kym keeps the name) a character please.

  • I wanna hat & Tee shirt. This is going to be awesome. So would the artists among us submit to RHBB (if Kym keeps the name) a character please.

  • Maybe a black belt tied into a knot as it were tied around ones waist, with writing on it. Along the idea of ribbons

  • Maybe a black belt tied into a knot as it were tied around ones waist, with writing on it. Along the idea of ribbons

  • I always liked “behind the cannabis curtain” – As far as the new design goes, I’ll wait ’till the kinks are out ;^p

  • I always liked “behind the cannabis curtain” – As far as the new design goes, I’ll wait ’till the kinks are out ;^p

  • NOTE TO KYM: The new site is not sizing to all display resolutions….admittedly my laptop is unusual (1600X900) but the graphics overlap the right margin……cheers

    • Hang in there. I’ll be going with a new look that should fix this. Give me a week to smooth things out.

      • If you keep this format (or with any format) I would like to see the date it was created on each story block you post. It would add order to it all.

  • NOTE TO KYM: The new site is not sizing to all display resolutions….admittedly my laptop is unusual (1600X900) but the graphics overlap the right margin……cheers

    • Hang in there. I’ll be going with a new look that should fix this. Give me a week to smooth things out.

      • If you keep this format (or with any format) I would like to see the date it was created on each story block you post. It would add order to it all.

  • Amazing photo above. Good luck,

  • Amazing photo above. Good luck,

  • So glad you are going to continue to give us up to date information on what is going on in our area. Was a little scared there for a day or 2. Didn’t realize how much I depend on RHBB. Check it first thing in the a.m. and periodically during the day. You do a great job and I would hate to be in one of the areas you weren’t covering. But, I also want you to have time for yourself & family….so, I am no help at all on what you should do….but want you to know you are appreciated. I love the name Redheaded Blackbelt…it’s you! (besides it already bookmarked). Keep up the great work you do. Hope to see you soon. Norma

  • So glad you are going to continue to give us up to date information on what is going on in our area. Was a little scared there for a day or 2. Didn’t realize how much I depend on RHBB. Check it first thing in the a.m. and periodically during the day. You do a great job and I would hate to be in one of the areas you weren’t covering. But, I also want you to have time for yourself & family….so, I am no help at all on what you should do….but want you to know you are appreciated. I love the name Redheaded Blackbelt…it’s you! (besides it already bookmarked). Keep up the great work you do. Hope to see you soon. Norma

  • Name the blog what ever you like, it will be good. I like the old name but I can understand why you may like to change.

  • Name the blog what ever you like, it will be good. I like the old name but I can understand why you may like to change.

  • Your the blogger that attracted me to LOCO. I can see that with the topics you cover.You help to feed my inner hippy, that free wheeling soul that thrives in the deep woods, surrounded by good music and friends. Thanks for that.

  • Your the blogger that attracted me to LOCO. I can see that with the topics you cover.You help to feed my inner hippy, that free wheeling soul that thrives in the deep woods, surrounded by good music and friends. Thanks for that.

  • Love the new look and format… Sorta SoHum BBC…

  • Love the new look and format… Sorta SoHum BBC…

  • All the best on your revamped site. I love your writing and your sensibilities. Bon Chance!

  • All the best on your revamped site. I love your writing and your sensibilities. Bon Chance!

  • Just be you, don’t change a name to fit in or be quirky. The people both in and out of this area, the people who were born and raised here and the recent transplants like me. We read what you write and continue to check back because we like it, familiarity and not alway agreeing but respecting what you write for the content and true journalism. You have a deep rooted gift that has gotten you this far and has brought with you those that chose to read Kym. I for one will continue, my suggestion is move slowly as you have already made a huge change. Improve on what you have and then innovate when you feel the time is right. The rest of us will follow appreciably.

  • Just be you, don’t change a name to fit in or be quirky. The people both in and out of this area, the people who were born and raised here and the recent transplants like me. We read what you write and continue to check back because we like it, familiarity and not alway agreeing but respecting what you write for the content and true journalism. You have a deep rooted gift that has gotten you this far and has brought with you those that chose to read Kym. I for one will continue, my suggestion is move slowly as you have already made a huge change. Improve on what you have and then innovate when you feel the time is right. The rest of us will follow appreciably.

  • On the appearance of the site: i know you said you’re working on it, and i know you are! I just wanted to say, Don’t be afraid to change the setup radically. I see that your layout is “The Columnist” theme. Too me, it’s a little too busy and boxy and bright. I really liked your old RHBB look, with the warm wood on the sides. It was simple and uncluttered and felt like a visit in an old redwood saloon, cozy and private.

    On another note, you are now my Good Morning site. I quit Facebook for a month just to see how it feels (indescribable) but i still look for some buttons to push while i drink my morning decaf. I am glad you are here!

  • On the appearance of the site: i know you said you’re working on it, and i know you are! I just wanted to say, Don’t be afraid to change the setup radically. I see that your layout is “The Columnist” theme. Too me, it’s a little too busy and boxy and bright. I really liked your old RHBB look, with the warm wood on the sides. It was simple and uncluttered and felt like a visit in an old redwood saloon, cozy and private.

    On another note, you are now my Good Morning site. I quit Facebook for a month just to see how it feels (indescribable) but i still look for some buttons to push while i drink my morning decaf. I am glad you are here!

  • Hey Kym, keep the name. Branding=good. At the first Humboldt County WomensGrow event last night we spoke about the media perpetuating the shadow sides of mj industry. When you leaving Loco was brought up, people asked if RHBB was where you will be. You are branded, keep it. We would LoVE positive stories on cannabis, love the cleanup, and wellness section instead of crime. If you want something to write about, Sunday at 1:30 is a FREE mixer for the CCVH-womens alliance. 6Rivers Brewery.

  • Hey Kym, keep the name. Branding=good. At the first Humboldt County WomensGrow event last night we spoke about the media perpetuating the shadow sides of mj industry. When you leaving Loco was brought up, people asked if RHBB was where you will be. You are branded, keep it. We would LoVE positive stories on cannabis, love the cleanup, and wellness section instead of crime. If you want something to write about, Sunday at 1:30 is a FREE mixer for the CCVH-womens alliance. 6Rivers Brewery.

  • Phineas Homestone

    Where ever you publish I will be reading. Thanks for the great words. The Trolls on LOCO dimmed the fun and community, and I can’t imagine how you put up with the attacks. Your grace under pressure is inspiring. Finally, I like the commenting without popularity voting. Helps us say our truth without the high-school theatrics.

  • Phineas Homestone

    Where ever you publish I will be reading. Thanks for the great words. The Trolls on LOCO dimmed the fun and community, and I can’t imagine how you put up with the attacks. Your grace under pressure is inspiring. Finally, I like the commenting without popularity voting. Helps us say our truth without the high-school theatrics.

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