@lertsenem Hey! No problem :p
I will try to look into why a first interaction was needed before it worked. Did you try the remote follow feature?
@t Nope, I use Mastodon almost exclusively through mobile apps, so my usual process to follow someone unknown from my instance is to search for their full handle, or a post permalink. It did not work with you, though.
This is a private instance. Sorry.
Go check this list of instances or this website to find one suitable to your needs. :)