What is the appeal of censored social media platforms?The plan is sound. The concept makes sense:
generate news feeds and build a virtual infrastructure around which a community could be built.
I experimented with pleroma, friendica, plume and then hubzilla, deciding in the end that hubzilla was where my attention needed to be focussed. Juggling work commitments with what I had in mind caused the progress to be slow. To limit my monthly spend on the server, I shut down all-but this hubzilla instance, and concentrated my efforts here. My intention was to eventually start another pleroma instance (this time using the soapbox-fe), as a microblogging solution is also needed in this plan. That has been achieved, and I am now working on that instance too at our.truthsocial.stA blogging platform
? I am still not sure if that is needed at all. The wordpress site I established serves mostly now as a personal blog. Could it become something more with multiple contributors? I hope so. It may then serve well as a landing platform for potential users of the hubzilla and pleroma sites. Yes! That's it.
There is a pressing issue of costs. I now run these sites off of two VP servers. The bills mount eventually. I have already once cut costs by nuking sites, but that was at an experimental stage. I do not wish to do it again. I believe it is important to keep covering these costs personally, until this all comes together. It also serves to motivate me to find solutions to reach my goal. The idea was never to make money, but it would be great to have it pay itself off, of course. In any case, the first and crucial target is to achieve momentum, present value to users, who will then contribute by donating. The eventual benefits, when this works correctly, will go way beyond material rewards to just myself. I believe each of us engaging in this type of endeavour, have greater goals in mind, even though we may not articulate those, or other goals appear to be primary ones. At a deeper level, we all (good actors at least) really want to do something larger, turn something conceptual into something material and useful, which others will recognise and enjoy as well.
The problem I face now, is buy-in. Notwithstanding, the deteriorating social media environment, censorship growing beyond anything anyone could have imagined, the great potential that exists for any user who joins the fediverse, simply doesn't translate well to people who have been sold the rewards offered to them by giant social media platforms. These rewards are, like most things sold to people, not what they seem. In most cases, the users are the product, but they perceive themselves to be consumers of a free service. This traps them into a corner where they do not explore, and as a result, do not discover the potential uses of the internet beyond the tiny space they are allowed to operate in.
I wonder what others think? I hope I will receive comment on this post. I will then compose it with the ideas generated here, into a post on the wordpress blog, grasstruths.co.za