It's alright to take your time and get up to speed on here. You don't have to hit the ground running. You might have picked up the habit of interacting with social media as it it were naturally a competitive performance--we all did--but the best thing about Mastodon and the fediverse beyond it is that it's not like that. Take some time to decompress.
It took me about six months to fully drop the armor that I'd been wearing from being on other sites. That was three years ago. This place changes lives.
Also, it's okay to be picky. Sign up at a new instance, if the first one you pick isn't the best fit possible. You'll find your home, and folks here understand it takes trial and error.
Above all, take a deep breath. What feels weird now will make sense pretty quickly.
@erosdiscordia Absolutely browse around the instances or even consider self hosting your own (that’s what I do - kinda - check masto.host). Just bear in mind that switching instances and automatically keeping your followers isn’t possible. Once you have more followers this could be painful.
@toni Hmm, that hasn't been my experience. The couple times I've moved instances, the account mover tool was pretty good at moving my followers as well. Granted, it did get stuck once, but trying again a month later moved everyone as expected. @erosdiscordia
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