My First 24 Hours On Mastodon: From Confusion to Connection

I cannot thank Medium enough for hosting an instance on this phenomenal platform.

Lori Brown
4 min readMay 29


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At first, I felt shy and nervous

When I first embarked on my Mastodon journey through Medium’s instance, I had no idea what it even was. I could not have guessed that it would be such a whirlwind experience. Just yesterday I shared my initial confusion and curiosity surrounding this decentralized social network in this quick post. Notice the difference in my use of the jargon? I went from calling it a “something something” to using the “proper” slang today. If I can catch on, anyone can.

24 little hours

Today, I want to tell you about the incredible response I received. It has only been one day of using Mastodon — but the response to my initial posts left me pleasantly shocked and filled with a familiar but long-missing sense of joy. I laughed more in the last 24 hours than I have laughed all year, and it is because of the engagements on this new platform.

Finding My Voice

As a newcomer to Mastodon, invited by Medium’s instance, I was unsure of what to expect. The invitation from Medium piqued my curiosity, prompting me to explore this unique platform. I created an account, stumbled upon various instances, and nervously made my first few posts. In yesterday's Medium post about the experience I even compared my “voice” to a “meep” aka- a tiny, hard to hear beep sound. I felt like a small fish in a vast ocean, hoping to find my place among the waves of conversations. Little did I know that my voice would find a cool and welcoming audience with a vast assortment of personalities.

The Silly Poll

To break the ice and engage with the Mastodon community, I decided to conduct a silly poll. It was a lighthearted question that brought a smile to my face as I crafted it. With a heart full of anticipation, I hit…



Lori Brown

I write quirky and comical pieces about technology, love, life and business.