I keep trying to figure out how to recapture the utter electric enthusiasm of the early steemit days, and I honestly think the key lies in the encouragement of post engagement.
Did you know @merej99? She used to run comment challenges and contests, and it definitely caused people to spend time in their feeds reading posts. I'm sure she wasn't the only one. I've considered doing something like that myself since I made my way back in the fall, but I'm not really in a position to monetarily incentive it. (And I admit to not wanting a feeling of discouragement if it fell flat)
Just thinking out loud so to speak. There's nothing I would love more than to see this platform soar :) It really is an awesome premise that still hasn't garnered the interest and traffic it deserves.