I can help with number 2. Couple things I’ve learned:
- Keep putting out content. What you laugh at. What you enjoy writing the most. People connect better with your work when you’re connected to it.
- Don’t be a stickler for following, giving out hearts and commenting. Some people will take notice and do the same for you.
- Create your own publication. That way you look more “official.” Doesn’t have to be perfect nor do you have to know the direction it’s going. My publication has tons of different articles, but I am just now pinpointing the ones I enjoy writing most.
Hope this helps.