Mastodon is fun because it reminds me so much of IRC of old. Where an instance participates in a large network where users connect from various places.
Back in those days, it was expensive to have your own blog that wasn't on blogspot. I was fortunate enough to have access to a server colocated in a data center. I hosted Greymatter (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greymatter_(software)) blogs for my friends because it was the premier blogging software of the day.
It was my first foray into building communities back then. One of the fun things I did was that there was a landing page for the main domain with a place where the summaries of the latest posts that were written by the people whose blogs I've setup were aggregated.
(Back then having your content out and front & center was paramount to actually participating in the wider community. People also wrote better back then.)
@echoz thanks for the quick nostalgia trip - I spent a huge part of my teenage years in IRC! Specifically on GalaxyNet. Teens these days with Snaptalk or whatnots, psh.