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Some unsolicited advice for new users 2/2 

@hugh I think that suggesting that people not write long threads is unnecessarily exclusionary. I agree that if you have a lot to say, you should consider having maintaining a blog and post links to the blog. But speaking as a person who both blogs *and* writes long replies to messages, I think that being harsh about long threads is also not the epitome of "cosy web".

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@trishalynn @hugh I like that this new space is not like the old space, but I think rules and “shoulds” make it hard for new people to feel welcome. I’m enjoying making connections and participating in discussions, I look forward to long threads and Influencer content as well! And I think I will be able to filter much better here since the Algorithm isn’t forcing me to see things I don’t want to see. I hope, anyway!

Some unsolicited advice for new users 2/2 

@trishalynn @hugh @phoebe same, this place wouldn’t be the same without long journeys. I thought Mastodon was about doing social media the way you’re comfy with that still respects other people.

Some unsolicited advice for new users 2/2 

@trishalynn @hugh agreed! I was going to favorite this post until I got to that part. The problem with blogs is that you get no engagement, and it's daunting when there's absolutely no word limits (instead of like here where even if you break something into a thread it gets silly fast if you go long). It's way better here overall, even if sometimes your thoughts don't immediately fit into 500 characters.

Some unsolicited advice for new users 2/2 

@alexispurslane @hugh Alexis, I totally understand how it can be discouraging to get no engagement on a blog post. However, I think that one way to overcome the disappointment is to think of blogging as a way to refine a social media thread before setting into stone one's thoughts. An example I can think of is how one can collect all the "parts" of a thread and set them into a blog post format later, where you can then refine some of your statements.

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