I was hesitant to tell many people I know for fear of judgement I guess. But just yesterday I decided to tell five people that I trust for honest feedback and support. I figured the best way to get followers was to use existing connections and encourage them each to spread the word. I am also leveraging Twitter and am seeing my followers grow there pretty regularly. Finally, I use Pinterest when I have a craft or recipe or other topic appropriate for Pinterest. I'm just a month in, and am learning TONS! I knew nothing six weeks ago. It's fun!
Best of luck!