YunoHost is a distro of Linux which makes it as easy as possible to self-host your online services. You can follow at:
➡️ @yunohost (in English and French)
There's a really easy graphical interface, it works on home servers or remote ones, and it supports older/weaker hardware too (e.g. a Pi).
The official site is at https://yunohost.org
You can see the full app catalogue at https://yunohost.org/apps
The Fediverse's bedrock principle is decentralization. They'll block something you want to see, or let through something you hate. Or have problems and you sit there and gnash your teeth.
For a company where their fundamental value proposition is self determination, it's ironic that they don't avail themselves of it.
Fosstodon is an English speaking Mastodon instance that is open to anyone who is interested in technology; particularly free & open source software.