I want to see Mastodon succeed. I think the approach makes sense, where anyone can create their own server, but still be connected to the whole network. But, I recognize there is a lot of work to be done and while they have a lot of attention on them, now is when they need financial support which comes through donations.
Join me and support the primary Mastodon Patreon. Also, if you are part of an independent instance, see if they need financial support to run the server.