Don't feel left out just because some others here are "gaming "the site. Just answer as many questions, honestly, with real effort, limit, or better yet don't use, I don't know, as an easy way to "up "your numbers.When decent people see real effort, they will follow of their own accord. So get cracking, ANSWER some questions, and enjoy! ;)
Yes. It takes time. First rule, don't ask people to follow you. Be an active member. Ask questions, answer questions, be helpful nice. You can be funny, but not rude. People will start to recognize you, and if they like what you have to say they will follow. Welcome, have fun!