I did change the title, however. For most of its life, the blog was known as "Notes of a former native speaker," sort of a play on the subtitle of Eric Liu's book, The Accidental Asian (which I admit I still haven't read!). Once we moved here, though, I wanted to change the title, and settled on the bilingual pun "外 not" (pronounced, roughly, as "why not").
As you'll see, when I lived in Taiwan, the blog was more geared to talking about life in Taiwan. So you'll see some posts about typhoons, temples, spiders (!), donuts (?!), and, ummm, stool (😝). This reflects not only my life in another country, but the fact that in those pre-Facebook days, blogs were more of a place for interacting with friends, virtual and otherwise. Nowadays most of my "day in the life of" posts are on Facebook. [2019 update: Not any more. I deleted my FB account in 2017.] So the content now is mostly related to either my teaching or my research. I know, it's a lot duller than reading a post about how I spent my lunar new year with my in-laws.
One thing that I've continued to do is to list selected books that have entered my collection. ("Selected" in the sense, perhaps, that I'm trying to impress people?) I've probably actually read less than half of those books, but I keep buying. I also post notes on some of the books that I've read, like
- Ilona Leki's Undergraduates in a Second Language: Challenges and Complexities of Academic Literacy Development
- Christina Klein's Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961
- Sun Kang-i's Farewell to the White Terror (走出白色恐怖)
- Vern Sneider's A Pail of Oysters (here, here, and here [sort of])
*I do, however, spend a frightening amount of mental energy mapping my current surroundings on my recollected map of Taichung: "This road is like Taichung Harbor Road!" "This restaurant reminds me of the corner tea house!" There's got to be some name for this mental condition. See also translingual aphasia.