As many of you know, I launched the Kewaunee County Comet at the end of November 2016, not long after being laid off as editor of a certain giant corporation’s newspapers that once served Door and Kewaunee counties. I knew that Kewaunee County especially was fast becoming what’s known as a news desert, a community with no local news outlet. Oh, there are plenty of news outlets that pay some attention to this county, but it’s a secondary focus for those good folks.
And let’s be honest, even I don’t live in Kewaunee County, although unlike my colleagues in other outlets, I can see Kewaunee County from my front porch just north of the county line.
And even I can’t afford (yet) to make this venture my primary focus, although that probably has more to do with my business skills (or lack thereof) than anything else. It’s clear, from the way residents and readers have taken to the Comet, that I was right to believe there’s a need for it.
And I can’t do it by myself. I am not the Kewaunee County Comet; everyone who believes in having a local independent online news outlet is the Comet.
For example, as I was writing this, I got an email from a reader who wanted to make sure I knew about a developing story. I didn’t, but because of that email the story appeared in the Comet a day or two later.
A growing number of local and state organizations are including the Comet when they make announcements about their upcoming and ongoing activities.
I haven’t had to worry about paying the bills for web hosting and reporting expenses and such because of a handful of stalwart supporters who make regular investments in the Comet – voluntary subscribers, if you will – either via Patreon or by sending checks via snail mail.
That kind of support ensures that news and information about Algoma and Casco and Kewaunee and Luxemburg will reach the people who want and/or need to know it.
During 2020, I aim to take the next step to ensure the Kewaunee County Comet is not just a passion project that will run a few years and disappear when I do – something I need to think about seeing as I’m now closer to 70 than 60. (Holy cow, when did that happen?) The need for local journalism is not going away, and neither should the Comet.
I’ll be sharing more about those plans as they develop. For now I just want to renew my commitment to you via Kewaunee County Comet, which as you know is three entities: a website and a Facebook page that are updated as news and information ebbs and flows, and an email summary that has been a tad irregular in recent months.
The folks who get those emails may have noticed that they’ve begun arriving every weekday again. That was the soft opening of our fourth year of bringing you the Comet – if you’re not on the emailing list, all you have to do is follow this link and share your email address, and I promise never to share it.
Thanks for three terrific years of getting to know you. The best is yet to come.
Warren Bluhm is the editor & publisher of the Kewaunee County Comet. Contact him at email@example.com.
P.S. You did click on that email link, right?