To be frank, this isn't a crowded field. You would expect, with Kansas City's population and DIY culture, more aspiring scribes to take a shot at self-publishing glory. But few do, and the most prominent voices drown themselves out with bluster and spite. Bill Brownlee rises above all that, writing about Kansas City stylishly and earnestly on every platform available. His best blog, There Stands the Glass (therestandstheglass.com), tells the story through music, sharply reviewing the sounds produced and performed here. A second music venture (plasticsax.com) focuses intensely and smartly on the city's jazz scene. His third blog, Happy in Bag (happyinbag.com), offers concise, intelligent musings on city life that are even-tempered but also filled with emotion, keeping you engaged and checking in. All told, Brownlee opens at least one window onto KC's soul every day, and he does it without letting in the foul-smelling snark that dominates the rest of the Internet. That's a feat worth following, which you can do, of course, on Twitter (@happyinbag) and Facebook.