I have been ere for 3 weeks now. What I have noticed so far is that whenever I make a new hub I get more new followers. The same happens when I post answers to questions. So really, the more one posts and shares in terms of opinions, views and comments the more exposure one gets :-)
Karen, we seem to have joined HP at the same time and I know exactly how you feel. I jumped right in winning HOD's and nuggets, getting lots of views, then silence! I was thinking my writing must be going downhill, but no, I think it was a busy time when we joined. Keep up your awesome work!