Welcome to Dakota Free Press, my new South Dakota blog.
I have blogged under the Madville Times masthead since August 2005. I started with a Blogspot/Blogger site, then migrated to MadvilleTimes.com at the beginning of 2011. The name Madville Times acknowledged my hometown of Madison. I originally intended to blog mostly about Madison, but I quickly expanded my blog jurisdiction to address South Dakota news in general. The Madville Times survived three major job changes, a move to Spearfish, and an eighteen-month exile (self-imposed, of course) out of state.
I now find myself happily re-ensconced in Aberdeen, South Dakota. With my family’s February move mostly complete, I’m ready to make some blog changes.
First, let’s be clear about what’s staying the same. Dakota Free Press continues the mission and the style of the Madville Times. I will continue to afflict the comfortable, comfort the afflicted, raise the voices of the voiceless, promote lively conversation, and seek the truth in South Dakota. I will continue to write from an openly, unapologetically liberal Democratic perspective, but I will also continue to write what I want to write, not what anyone else—party, corporation, sponsor, etc.—demands that I write.
I am changing a few little things. I’ll tweak the format—a little color here, different font there, etc. I’m switching hosting plans and hoping for more reliable, faster servers.
And I’m changing the name. While most of you regulars know what Madville Times stands for, I’m choosing Dakota Free Press to express a little more clearly to newcomers what this blog is about:
- Dakota: This blog focuses on South Dakota, my home. It is part of the South Dakota Blogosphere, the motley crew of South Dakota writers who dedicate their thoughts and electrons to this fine state. You can find plenty of pundits talking about national and international affairs; I want to give South Dakota its share of thoughtful political analysis and vigorous rabble-rousing.
- Free: This blog is free as in freedom from control by the government, corporations, or any other outside entity. This blog shall remain free of charge for everyone to read. No paywalls, no fees, just a Tip Jar. If you like what you read, feel free to send me a contribution. Your donations will help pay for the domain and web hosting. They will pay for trips I take around the state to cover news events and interview newsmakers.
- Press: You know the press that the First Amendment talks about? This blog is it. The press is not the exclusive club of TV and newspaper reporters. The press includes what we citizens publish. The press includes this blog, and the others from the South Dakota Blogosphere you see linked in my posts and sidebars. An essential part of this blog’s mission is to vigorously exercise and defend the freedom of the press… and to get other citizens to do the same thing.
That’s what my blogging over the last ten years has been about. That’s what Dakota Free Press is about. Welcome to the show.