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2020 was a crazy year for much of the developed world, mostly from the perspective of what many high-ranking global powers attempted to due under the guise of COVID-19 fear-mongering and restrictions.

Here in the U.S.A., many citizens liberties were notedly infringed upon by big government in the form of “mandatory” lockdowns, “forced” closure of businesses, and the constant pedaling of “disinformation” source shutdown for attempting to simply present factors on the table for level consideration.

For me, not only was I released from one of my work contracts due to ramifications from the lockdown, but I found myself increasingly afraid of my Internet presence turning sour on me in lieu of the rampant rise of doxing, cancel culture, various censorship, and simply the less-reserved use of emotions by many people on the World Wide Web.

As a result of this, I came to the point of making a decision to pull several key online fronts for me out of the reach of “Big Tech” and government censorship, and back into the comfortable reprieve of either personal, or secure 3rd-party private hosting.

The list of fronts included:
– FaceBook (account completely removed)
– YouTube (account completely removed)
– Google (all services completely removed)
– ReverbNation (account completely removed)
– Domains (WHOIS protection & DNSSEC implemented across the board)
– Steam (public account information completely removed)
– Origin (public account information completely removed)
– ZenDesk (service terminated, functionality brought back in-house)
– VoIP (service ported from Big Tech provider to private 3rd-party)
– Misc. Websites (either removed, or moved to private 3rd-party)

And, finally, thatguyfromnebraska.com has been pulled from “Big Tech” hosting and ported over to private hosting, as well as being given its first major redesign in nearly eight years.

The resulting status-quo for me has left me with several things, both fantastic and challenging.

Firstly, I’m far more at peace with myself and have a notable amount of free time back in my arsenal that will be rolled over into other ventures. Leaving FaceBook in particular has absolved a tremendous amount of stress for me, in that the geo-political arguments and passive-aggressive confrontational-ism it tends to fuel are no longer factors in my life. While I’ve taken a minor hit from losing a means of contact with many of my peers, it was quickly replaced by alternate means with all contacts who I’ve shared a mutually positive friendship with over time.

Secondly, I’ve lost the vast majority of my means of marketable online presence for Otaku Central, but done so at the tradeoff of being immune to online cancel culture and smearing. At present, I’m convinced that this is a worthwhile tradeoff and presents us with greater security and position to be able to stand up for who we are and what we believe in for the change we want to see in the world. Time will tell if this is the correct decision or not.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, I’m in a position where my liberty isn’t compromised and I have no risk of backlash for standing my ground on my views and convictions. While those views are specifically my own and don’t reflect on the views of those around me, we increasingly live in a world where many folks don’t believe that should be the case. Measures need to be taken by many to ensure their own freedoms and rights, and a way to allow those rights to function in a diverse society that seems to hate rather than love its own diversity more often than naught.

Most encouraging to me in light of all these recent changes has been the sheer amount of support from friends and family to move in this direction, as well as finding that many of those around me are already moving in the same direction, themselves.

Though there are many disparate voices in our country that would attempt to censor the American people’s right to freedom, it’s my goal and purpose with my TGFN site to carry my right to freedom through my conduct on line, in the presence of other like-minded individuals around me.