Talk about one-two punches…
I don’t know what you thought about me being mostly MIA the past two weeks, but it’s clear you were thrilled by my brainstorm to have Joe Miller execute a 10 parter on his way out of Kansas City. I thought Joe did a kickass job, by the way.
He butchered some sacred (and not-so-sacred) cows and let his hair down just enough to incur the divine wrath of KC Confidential’s finest, our comments Hit Squad. For the vast majority of readers who never venture into our online mosh pit, I assure you Miller’s exploits here – journalistic and otherwise – were significant.
That said Kansas City is a barbecue town and clearly our comments crowd prefers its ends burnt.
Joe joins a long list of writers who have come and gone on KCC the past three years. For various reasons. Money being one. People tend to need actual incomes and writing on a site such as this for very little to no money can take a toll.
Especially for folks used to making, for example, well into five figures doing essentially the same thing. Now they’re out of work, the unemployment has run out and the burden of delivering the words for mere lawn mowing money is too great.
In other instances, knowlege of the subject was there but the difficulty and/or annoyance of having to write it all down was too great. And at times, too time consuming on my end.
In at least three instances, the comments section was too brutal for the writers.
Uh, thanks, guys!
And some people just like being on their own and doing their own thing. It’s not like the old days at the Pitch where writers had little choice if they wanted to practice their craft in public. Then again, not many "blogs" have a quarter million unique visits a month and seven million-plus pageviews. So there’s that.
Allow me to say I’ll miss Joe. Just as I miss Tony and Maria and Greg Hall. There’ll be others too, so let me add in advance of their even coming here, that I already miss them. Whatever.
Thing is, it gives me more time to get out and report and write. Which was actually the intended purpose of this venture following my job layoff – not firing – at the Kansas City Star. Like many, I got a handsome check when I left. Unlike many, I got an invitation to come back and do essentially the same thing two months later. But for chump change.
Speaking of which, don’t be surprised from time to time if some of the escapees don’t magically reappear here.
But don’t hold your breath…