@christy Hey welcome.
I found mastodon comes into its own when you follow enough people that you have a home timeline of who you want to hear from. Public timelines can be a firehose.
Any questions, there's a really friendly smart community milling around in here.
There are lots of approaches to explore, evidently. It's been so long since I joined a new community that just talking to new people out of the blue feels alien but familiar, like some dormant muscle memory is waking up.
That was how mastodon has been (is) for me too. "Just talking", in smart reflective company. Not promoting, not denouncing, not seeking attention.
It took a while to trust. I really love it.
Follow friends and discover new ones. Publish anything you want: links, pictures, text, video. This server is run by the main developers of the Mastodon project. Everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!