Really helpful post..
I am agree with u in all aspects..
I am also new on Steemit and i have little time to give to Steemit coz i've some other works too.
As u mentioned, i did the mistake too, i posted an article on the very first when i joined the Steemit and so it did not attracted any Upvote or anything..
Then i thought it is better to read other's article and Upvote them and i am doing so.
I think it's working coz now i've 60+ followers..
Thanks again for the this helpful article..