It’s been quite a year for KC Confidential. Lots of comings and goings – some planned, others not. But for the most part readers have stuck with us through good times and bad. We’re ending the year on a high note with readership up dramatically from where we were just last spring.
How much are we up?
More than double what we started the summer with, and up 90 percent the past three months and well over 300 percent in the last 30 days.
It’s not been easy.
While some of us – starting with me – may appear at times cavalier covering delicate topics like the three recent suicides, the dramatic fall of Kansas City’s top jazz club or the transgressions of a former colleague, trust me, it’s not that simple.
These are very difficult stories to wade into for the risk adverse, and some of that wading can get more than a little prickly at times – clumsy even. However, we’ve tried to be transparent, while providing an open window into the news gathering process. Instead of playing it safe and waiting for the smoke to clear. The key is following up on the news as it unfolds.
And there is no shortage of critical comments that stand in evidence, challenging some of those stories.
That said, we’ve cracked down to an extent on a handful of the more vulgar, libelous and/or ill conceived entries into KCC‘s comments section.
We’re not running a sewer here, nor a haven for very small brains attached to very big mouths.
I’d like to take a moment to salute two of KCC‘s more frequent targets, The Star and The Pitch.
Make no mistake, they’re both quite easy to bag on. The Star because it’s the dominant source of news in Kansas City and because all too often, it acts like it -they’re control freaks by nature.
In the case of the Pitch, mostly because it’s fighting a difficult battle for survival. Yeah, they’re a bit full of themselves at times as well – less so lately – like mindlessly churning out "best of" awards, while making no attempt whatsoever to try and make the winners – even the deserving ones – appear truly credibile. Which they easily could do.
Despite the doomsayers and it’s critics, the Star has a lot to offer and is going to be around for a long time – probably what passes for forever. The Pitch on the other hand could very well go the way of the Johnson County Sun, and that would be tragic.
Can you imagine living in a print media / pop culture media world lorded over by a publication as vapid as Ink?
Let’s not wish that on ourselves.
With luck, the Pitch‘s new owners in Nashville will survive long enough to weather this economy and the dwindling, younger readership. Do we really want to rely on a single corporate entity – the Star – for the lion’s share of our formal news and information?
As we move forward into a new year – KCC’s fourth – I’d like to thank all of you for hanging with us. With luck, we’ll have plenty of edgy, funny, entertaining – at times maybe even insightful – news and opinions to share with you in 2012.
That’s the plan, anyway. Thanks for sharing your time.