I think my real life friends have given up on Ello, so I have started following what I feel are some very interesting people to see if Ello picks up for me. I know that my stream will remain empty unless they follow back, but I will continue to spend at least a little time looking for good content.
Creating is more important to me than curating, but I enjoy being introduced to new art and ideas through the curation efforts of others. On the other hand, a constant flow of images taken by someone else of items created by someone else, is a big turnoff. These folks are quietly removed from friends/noise.(Once I figure out how to do this...blocking seems so harsh and final.)
The jury is still out on Ello. I am definitely not putting more into Ello than I'm getting out of it. There are some very smart people here and I am enjoying following them.