Blogging: A Slight Change in Focus


In a little over a month, I will have been writing at this blog for the past six years. During some of that time, my posting has been very light and during others I have probably written enough to be incredibly annoying to the few to follow what I have to say here. The past couple of days have provided me the opportunity to do some thinking about why I blog and how I want to approach the future.

Rather than bore anyone with the reasons I write here, I think it best to describe what I plan to do going forward.

I’m going to keep writing here, about politics, media, and local events. I don’t imagine that I have any enormous impact on the issues I write about, but I enjoy it and even occasionally feel like I contribute to the discussion. While I am neither impartial nor a trained writer, we need more voices covering issues in our state and community. Whether it’s watching and commenting on PSC meetings or taking on the low-hanging fruit of dissecting Denny Rehberg’s tenure in office, I’m going to keep at it—on my terms and for myself.

At the same time, I want to write about my other passion, education, more often. I tried to begin another blog last summer but ran into time constraints that kept me from pursuing a second site. I’m going to try another approach there, writing perhaps less polished, less policy-oriented pieces and focusing on the experiences, frustrations, and joys of being a public school teacher in a time when public schools and the very future of education are under increasing scrutiny.

If you’re interested in education today, consider following that site, alliteratively named “Prairie Pedagogue.” I’d love to hear other voices, innovative ideas, personal experiences and more about education if you have the time to drop by.


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About the author

Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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