The Future of Present
Year of the Rabbit. Photo by Sue Patterson.
The time has come for us to pursue other goals and opportunities. After extensive thought, we have decided that to cease publishing PresentMagazine.com at the end of April 2011.
In 2005, we launched and operated this online-only magazine with a focus on the local—with the invaluable contribution of photographers, writers, interns, and assistants. Together, we introduced a voice not found in other publications then or now. As an indie publication, we produced thousands of stories and features on the local creative and business community. We collaborated with other media where we could, outlived some start-up print and online publications, and incubated others.
Now, we see new publications, radio, and television programming arise with a focus on local coverage. And, we've seen existing mainstream media take a renewed interest in local arts, entertainment, and business. We've seen blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other online sources add to, or even start, the conversation about local events and people and businesses of note. Through it all, we've been proud to be part of the media mix.
When we started the magazine, we came up with a tag line: An introduction. An offering. A moment. We have met and befriended thousands in our community. We have offered the best of Kansas City and have received the same. And, we are grateful for the moments past, future, and all Present.
We have done what we set out to do and we are gratified to see others doing the same. We're ready to step back and focus our time and energy on other endeavors.
Pete: Currently, I am the publication and website editor at the non-profit International Essential Tremor Foundation (www.essentialtremor.org). As a Slow Food KC board member, I am growing more involved in the local food scene. As a freelance writer, I write about local restaurants for Home in the Northland Magazine and have written the weekly "Last Bite" recipe feature in the Kansas City Star Magazine since 2009. I will continue to write about food, music, and other topics of interest for other publications and on PeteDulin.com. Finally, I want to finish writing my future noir novel set in Kansas City.
Pam: My life-long passion has been the science of learning. As a home educator for my three kids and a learning coach and tutor for thirty more students, my time is increasingly spent in this area. This spring, I will continue my studies and start making headway in becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor and, eventually, a psychologist. My goal is to grow my business, my-learning-coach.com, and open a coaching center for kids and adults with various learning needs—including dyslexia and dysgraphia. I also am looking forward to focusing on my own drawing and painting.
While it is a difficult decision to end PresentMagazine.com, we feel it is the right choice for us. More people than ever are communicating about what's interesting locally. Plenty of good stories remain to share about the artists, musicians, actors, chefs, businesses, nonprofits, and events that make Kansas City a great place to live, work, and play. So, there's no time like the present to share your version.
Thank you for your support and friendship along the way. Thank you for being present.
Pam and Pete