Seems like there's probably some happy middle-ground between "I'm the only one here", and "ZOMG ALL THE TOOTS" with the inhabitant size of an instance.
Only only one there means local timeline and searching for tagged posts are useless, but the federated timeline feels curated.
Being on the biggest node feels like it would be the opposite problem (can't confirm as I run my own instance): Local and federated are firehoses, but tag searching is useful.
Maybe just need to be better connected?
Ugh...of course I miss a big typo there that would have prevented needing to make another edit to the post. :expressionless: