For myself I follow to encourage or inspire one to move forward. I think of where I was at when I started at the hubs. Not much confidence. Perhaps the new hubber is exploring and hopefully reading lots of hubs. We do have a choice to unfollow if we choose. Hey, if I can lend a hand I am up for it. I know inspiration was a key for me to keep on it. I had one hub when I started. If it were not for words of hope I may have exited hub pages. Thats my story I am sticking to it. Give water, get water, give love, get love. Give nothing, get nothing. We reap what we sow. Blessings on your hub journey.
Just for fun, 'the only fair I know is the one where you buy cotton candy.' We reap what we sow. Our true colors will eventually shine through good motive or evil motive. The Light always puts out the dark.
I do agree with misty if a hubber is only follow follow, follow, follow and has followed 20 or so people with no reading then the motive seems clear. They follow me to get my follow with little intention of reading my hub that I have put my soul into. I think all have done a bit of this if you say not your kidding yourself. Many hubbers have a gazillion followers in a very short time. They read fast and are likely very good writers. Enough of my stuff. Hugs.