Take it from me, option two is definitely better. Getting quality followers is what you want and by quality I mean people who read your hubs and leave insightful comments. These persons usually follow you because they like your work and not because you follow them. Following people who you are not interested in following can only hurt you in the long run and hurt your personal author score.
When following someone you must be prepared to read that person's hubs. You need also to follow persons who are active on HP. If they have not been publishing anything or active in questions or forums then you are wasting your time.
Write quality interesting content and followers will come. I know, I have been there. When people read your work and follow you, they will not unfollow you because you don't follow them back. People who do that are not really interested in your work and you don't want that.