"finding a good preexisting theme" is the new "web development"
When I joined masto, I gravitated towards following creative peeps and noticed a thing that's pretty common to all of us: we feel guilty for promoting places that people can buy our work or otherwise support us financially. So I started the #CreativeToots hashtag for that very reason. Got an Etsy page? Online store? Patreon? Selling a piece of art? Throw that tag on it. Do it with unfettered abandon. Everyone else: Look at that tag for artists to support. Buy their stuff. Help them create. <3
Recently I've been thinking a lot about startup culture, and its values. I don't want to be associated with it at all any more — I want to be the founder of an indie software business, not a startup. I care more about users than million-dollar valuations. And I want more people to feel the same way, choosing small-scale, human values over investment and growth. I tried to articulate this and wrote a thing about it: http://joshsharp.com.au/blog/fewer-startups-more-indies.html
interested to hear about pre this month mastodon, and from people in different communities who were using it all along as a safe space (not in the pejorative sense of the term)
mastodon and sex work
It seems significant that articles about switter talk about everything *except* that it's mastodon. I've been trying to imagine what it'll look like when The Masses try out Mastodon and I think either 1) everyone goes to m.s and their server croaks, or 2) we get a bunch of little sub-twitter-spheres that act like de-facto verification: an instances for those of high-net-worth! or one for journalists! etc.
A quick PSA:
I keep seeing "Mastodon is being slow" or "Mastodon is loading incorrectly."
The thing is, mastodon.social is loading slowly cos y'all are stressing the servers out.
Other instances aren't having this problem, and the easiest solution to the problem is to move to a different instance.
THERE'S SO MANY Y'ALL
One of the most important things to know if you're migrating here from Twitter is that simply liking a post does NOT cause it to show up in anyone else's timeline. That only happens if you actually boost ("RT") the post.
This is especially important when creators you care about are trying to get the word out about their work. It is unbelievably disheartening to send out something important (like a Kickstarter link) and see everybody like it but nobody boost it.
REMEMBER TO BOOST THINGS
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