I've started having a better time on Mastodon/Fediverse by treating this like early Twitter: I try to follow back everyone in order to fill my timeline with stuff. I aggressively follow anyone when I see a boost of something they wrote that I like. I am going to start doing the ol' Follow Friday thing to help other people find people. I follow a lot of people I know *NOTHING* about but it's finally lively enough to keep me engaged.
@darius Something I've also been doing is being “trigger happy” and boosting things more often than in the birdsite, hoping that it helps keep the timeline active and helps people discover accounts they're interested in