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Variable reward: present catharsis of tooting...

morning regret of last night's tooting.

Will these words come back to haunt me? Or resonate and live on?

It's not up to me, me, me.
Only you, you, you.

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Variable reward: The internet is only ever a party where you're expected to entertain. You only receive a reward for your entertainment value.

Think no deep thoughts.

Express minimal creativity.

Appeal to the masses and you may receive one glorious "like" for your sacrifice.

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Variable reward: You do something and put it on the Information Superhighway or the World Wide Web or in the Series of Tubes.

You expect some kind of feedback. It's like dancing on a table at a party. If no one laughs or claps, you've failed and you should feel bad.

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Variable reward: did the person that I want view my Snap / Insta story? What are they doing instead of checking their phone?

Probably having more fun doing something else...

with someone else.

...Jealousy creeps in....

Why aren't they looking at what I made?
Why aren't they "liking" me?
Why aren't they paying attention to me?
Me, me, me. Me!

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Variable reward: will my status update / tweet / toot / gram / pfed get liked?

There are times when you imagine the fantastical, the sublime, the wonderful. Gossamer realities spun from memories and imagination.

Yet somehow they're never better than raw, unadulterated truth. These senses; this reality.

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I am a novice writer of sci-fi, fantasy and erotic fiction. Currently, I'm working to publish my first novel and break out of the web-fiction genre.

I wish you all good luck in your work!

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This obligatory “hello world / testing 123 / is this thing on?” post reminds me of my first posts to other social sites over the years. Some of which sank without a trace, but some began conversations that changed my life.
I’m hoping for the best here. So, hi!

(Me, I’m a cis “he/him” guy. I look pretty young but I’m just backdated. I read & sometimes write spec fic, attempt to play post-rock or ambient, and try to be a good person to my family & friends.)

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Looks like the videos from are up now! Check them out on Peertube: @apconf

Included is my talk (@matt) about how we're building and our other projects.

"Federated Blogging with WriteFreely"

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Hello people! You may have noticed that @apconf is now online, and *some* of the videos have started to appear!

So far:
- @mlemweb's introduction to the conference
- My keynote:
"ActivityPub: past, present, future"
- Mark Miller's keynote: “Architectures of Robust Openness”

More are coming... the server is working away at making them available :)

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I was dreaming of a social network without likes, where the number of followers and the number of reshares would be hidden and where replies to a post would be private.

Then I realised it already existed. It's called a blog (with comments disabled) and email.

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📌 He/him, 30s, Tired

🔩 mostly about and and bikers and drag queens, proud father of

🔥 Trying to separate my writing and art from everything else.

💩 I'll try to keep my personal bullshit over on weirder dot earth.

❤️ Thanks for having me!

In Prague this week for ! Looking forward to talking about and other projects the @write_as team is working on.

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Hello again, Mastodon! I've been taking a bit of a social media break for a while, but I'd like to get back into it (to help keep me motivated and also keep track of others' creative output) – and nothing shames you into getting back into it like an awkward "hi I'm back" post. Hope to be posting a bit more around here!

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Some thoughts on the . Not going to become inactive, but this dialogue runs through my head whenever I do surf or toot on here.

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This is new & exciting. I'm looking forward to meeting lots of positive tooters 😁
I've been an indie author - - for 6 years & learn something every day. Admittedly, I forget loads of stuff too 🤪

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