I guess for me the current beauty of this space is the stray, unexpected and thouroughly enjoiyabke tumbleweed that blows through my timeline from the most unexpected places.
Sparce user base, but that just means room to grow and a local timeline I can actually read before it scrolls past.
The export and import features built into Mastodon really helped with the move, too.
Personally, I like having a local timeline that's useful. mastodon.cloud and .social scroll past so fast they might as well be the federated timeline. On a smaller instance themed for a particular interest, I have time to read the toots and they often end up being relevant to my interests.
Joining elekk.xyz for my gaming interests spoiled me in that regard.