I started out about 6-7 weeks back. I told nobody I knew, and didn't promote myself on twitter or Facebook, as I didn't want my friends to awkwardly pretend to like it.
I only started to get traction with an audience as of last week.
I enjoy browsing in my spare time looking for blogs in humor which catch my eye, and if I find a post I like, then I'll 'like' it, sometimes comment on it, and once in a while follow it. In a two weeks I went from 100 to 600 views, and now have 55 followers (is that good after 6 weeks? I've nothing to compare against).
Just out of pure curiosity, I'm blog-fasting today. I've deliberately forced myself to visit no blogs (OK, i saw one). I wanted to see just how many views I'd lose in a day if I wasn't active in the community. At my current rate of visits I'm down about 50% in views based on the last few days.
So if you want to grow, you have to start internally, mix with the population, and keep mixing. If your stuff is good, you might get lucky and have somebody here do a bit of promotion for you, and it'll leak out to other media sites.
However, even if I dropped to no views this would still be my outlet for the nonsense that pops into my head every now and then. If there's an audience for what I do then great, and trust me I'd like to find it, but if you're doing this because you think it'll lead to fame and fortune you're not going to have fun.