Sunny Garden Hub

painterly cartoon mastodons enjoying a picnic in a garden is a Mastodon community with a focus on indie creators of all kinds.

If you create music, draw, paint, sing, sculpt, write, design, program, build, grow, or craft, then you’re invited to sign up!

You’re also welcome to join if you’d just like a friendly place to relax.

What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a social network service similar to Twitter or Instagram, but instead of being a single site operated by one company, there are many different servers, each run by a different individual or organization on a volunteer basis.

Users can follow and post to each other even if they’re on different servers. 1

screenshot of an account feed on

Why should I care?

  1. No advertising
  2. Doesn’t sell your information
  3. Doesn’t track you across the web
  4. No “algorithm” to maximize your engagement
  5. Can’t be bought by a weird billionaire

Services like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook etc. are run by companies that need to make money. They need to maximize your engagement to keep you clicking and viewing ads.

Your attention and personal information are the products being sold… the real customers are the companies paying for those ads or data.

When a service doesn’t allow you to turn off annoying notifications but only to “See less often”, you can be pretty sure they aren’t there for your benefit.

How do I sign up?

Anyone is welcome to join as long as they agree to follow the community rules.

You will need to verify your email address, so check your junkmail folder if you don’t see a verification message within a few minutes. After you verify your email address, your signup should be approved within 1-2 hours, or a few more if the mods are sleeping :)

If doesn’t sound like the right community for you, or you’d just like to explore alternatives, you can browse a list of other communities. Whichever community you decide to join, you’ll be able to follow and interact with people on other servers including

I signed up. Now what?

  1. Not including servers which allow hate speech or harassment. ↩︎