Pleroma is having a bug that you can't remote follow me on my page, but if you do it from your own server it should be fine
So I've set up my own server:
Ok... so it's fixed but not yet released... https://git.pleroma.social/pleroma/pleroma/-/merge_requests/3206
As for setting up my own instance, not impossible but seems like people are dealing with spam and bots and got some MRF Policies I have no idea what are those
As much as I want to participate in the Mastodon community, it's so hard to decide which instance to join, like asking if I am more Japan or more HK, more programming or more... I don't know, anime. Choosing an instance is not reversible in the sense that the username is stuck with the domain, unlike e.g. Email...