TKC FIRST LOOK REVIEW!!! YET ANOTHER FORMER KANSAS CITY STAR COLUMNIST STARTS BLOGGING!!! LET'S OFFER HELPFUL ADVICE FOR YAEL ON THE TRAIL!!!
Yael Abouhalkah is now a Kansas City blogger.
The former Kansas City Star columnist recently debuted his project with some kind words from friends, former colleagues and fellow progressives. It's a nice looking site that seems like one of the better templates from Wix.
Take a look:
yaelabouhalkah.com: Yael On The Trail
At first glance it doesn't look that much different than the stuff he has been writing at his former gig for decades. It's not bad but every. single. columnist. who has started a blog in Kansas City has failed to successfully transition to the writing life after support from the mainstream media is gone. From the Wildman to the Irishman . . . More than anything their content kinda just feels like reading a newspaper and if people wanted that . . . For the moment, they can go read a newspaper.
The reality here is that KCUR and the Pitch don't pay well and the former newspaper journalists working those prized gigs are getting paid less than fast food workers if at all.
The ambitious newspaper journalists who still need a check to keep the lights on all went to TV news . . . Like DeAnn Smith . . . It's a soulless and backbreaking industry but it pays and there's always a bit of a thrill to see a hottie reporter repeat the words of a much more knowledgeable producer. Also, the audience at any local TV station nearly triples the number of old people still looking at newsprint.
And so . . .
Yael (We're on a first name basis now that he's a blogger) . . . Promised to break out of his shell and share "what he really thinks" about Trump and Brownback and that might be what saves him from the horrible fate of the blogging doldrums endured by his colleagues and predecessors in the local blogosphere who typically lose interest in their own writing most of the week.
But I digress . . .
We don't hold grudges here @ TKC and we always want to help a blogger colleague . . . Given that, yes, like it or not . . . Yael is now a TKC blogging colleague . . .
So here goes . . .
PLEASE OFFER YOUR SUGGESTIONS FOR THE NEW "YAEL ON THE TRAIL" BLOG AND LET'S HELP THIS FORMER NEWSPAPER DUDE TRANSITION INTO THE KANSAS CITY BLOGGING LIFE!!!
Somebody remind me to send him a gift certificate to Starbucks and some snack cakes . . .