After a nice process of getting knowledge about how HIVE witnesses work by active failing (well, mostly just enjoying how long a replay takes...), my witness is now running having completed a replay for the second time, the first time being used to activate the witness on the network. If you want to help me out, you can now go to your wallet, pick the witnesses option (e.g. https://wallet.hive.blog/~witnesses or https://peakd.com/witnesses) and help me move a few places up by giving me your vote. If this goes well, the witness will probably help me grow experience which will enable me to participate more actively and positively in the community.
Thanks for your patience!