For sixteen years I wrote a column in the Kansas city Star – put my name on it and everything…
And guess what? Some people didn’t like what I had to say. Some got mad; some got over it, some didn’t. At times the column was controversial. Getting bagged on comes with that turf.
And every so often I’d get an anonymous letter or a nasty voicemail. Most reader communications arrived in email form and seldom were caustic. I took my share of hits on the Star’s letters page – not that many – but it wasn’t like they escaped my attention.
And with approximately a third of the Star’s readers regularly reading my three to five columns a week over the years – we’re talking well over 100,000 people – my attention was focused primarily on hunting down column ideas and news, writing, oh and living to tell the story. But while my columns appeared on the Star’s Web site, I rarely spent much if any time there sorting through the online comments. I had work to do.
Not the case these days.
While I write for the Johnson County Sun, Wednesday Sun in Missouri, Platte County Landmark Parkville way and The Hills for residents of Mission Hills and Sunset Hill, I’m laying it down daily here at KC Confidential.com and there’s no ignoring reader comments now.
Anonymous as they generally are, the playing field between columnist and unnamed snipe artist is arguably quite level in the online world. I can write pretty much about anything I want at KC Confidential and so can they. Or you.
Unless, of course, I erase said comment. Which I do from time to time.