Well, I’m not, and I won’t be for another four months, at least. You see, for the past five years I’ve been living in Shenzhen, China, a large Special Economic Zone located just north of Hong Kong. I came to Shenzhen a few months after graduating from the University of Montana in 2008, and after five long and quite interesting, and often frustrating, years, I’m ready to head home.
What I intend for this blog section on the site is simple:
- Articles focused on Montana;
- The history of Montana;
- Interesting places to go in Montana;
- The state of Montana politics;
- Business in Montana;
- Life in Montana.
Seems pretty broad, doesn’t it? Well, it’s a pretty broad state, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get down to what it’s all about if you’re ready to put in a little time and effort.
My goal with this site’s Montana blog is to inform Montana residents about their state, give a good impression of what Montana is all about to those living out-of-state, and just pretty much answer the question “where is Montana?” for those living outside the country who’ve heard of the state, but have no idea where it is. Kind of like me and the country of Gabon. I know it’s in Africa, but I sure couldn’t tell you much more than that.
Montana’s such an interesting and diverse place, even if many of its residents don’t want to admit it. The state can also feel a bit closed-off to outsiders, and for good reason; Montana’s history is full of stories of outside influences exerting unfair pressure on the state, often to disastrous results. Whether it was the fate of the Indians who once dominated the area, the miners that really got the shaft, or the common citizens who suffered under the state’s energy deregulation in the late 90s, there are great causes from Montana’s past that have made the state what it is today, and I hope to highlight those.