@mikro2nd I know. It wasn't a decision made lightly, but I haven't found a more ethical solution that works as well yet. If the onslaught of spam we get every day eventually subsides, we'll remove it. I'm just trying to keep the service open and free.
For now, you can get around it by going to the editor (https://write.as/new), hovering over "Anonymous" at the top of the page, and clicking "New blog".
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.