So using my own server does make discovering others with similar interests a bit of a challenge, unless I’m missing something here
@machias the main thing you are missing is time and that will come in er...time...
When I started coales.co the fediverse was quite a bit smaller, and relays weren't even a thing yet. I tooted "hello world" into an empty void and threw pineapples everywhere and hit nuthin'. It's kinda weird when your federated timeline is a perfect clone of your home timeline, and your local timeline is just you talking to yourself
But now I find the fediverse quite engaging and interesting and even though my instance is still tiny a do have a BIT of company here...all found "organically" once I finally followed and interacted with a few interesting-to-me people it was fascinating how my timelines evolved...even without using a single relay to this day!
@machias Oh yeah....relays...that feature was added I think in the v2.x days whereby you could "pre-populate" your federated timeline with the public posts visible from other already-established instances. This would help greatly with discoverability, potentially at the expense of signal:noise ratio.
Mastodon server just for Machias