The last few times I’ve come back to Taiwan, I’ve found myself in a recurring situation—I’m out at a bar celebrating something or at a coffee shop using the internet and some random person comes up to me and says, “Hey, you’re the guy that writes Toshuo, aren’t you!”

It’s a bit odd having online fame in a very limited niche translate into the real world in a social context (especially at a bar), but it’s been mostly positive and has even lead to a few new friends.

I don’t really want to be known publicly outside of my work, so I’ve felt the desire to take down the entire site. On the other hand, I can’t deny the numerous ways writing has helped me over the ways or the ways it still can help me with my future goals. On the whole, it’s definitely been a net positive, but strangers, employers and even certain governments have been getting increasingly vindictive about punishing viewpoints they disagree with. This is often the case even when those views were written a long time ago.

One of the best things about writing—especially writing online—has been how it helps organize thoughts, so I think I’ll write it out here and publicly for now at least.

Part 1: Before the blog