I Need More STEEM! Fastest Way to Accrue Without Paying?

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So I'd like get a lot more STEEM, not necessarily SBD.

I've usually been shifting my SBD into Bitcoin every time it gets to be about $100 or so. I talked myself into POWERING up instead and sending my SBD to purchase STEEM.

But, really?

48 SBD will only get me 35 STEEM? Is there another way to gain STEEM? That seems... expensive. I've got about $150 in bitcoin lying around, but that will only buy 125 STEEM.

Yes, Quality Content is great. But even the articles I write only net $1 or so with about 14-20 upvotes. Even the best articles might not have great reach (though I automate their distribution to Twitter and Reddit to get more reach). Is the problem that I've only got 264 followers?

Maybe more followers would equate to more votes but the last thing I want is to post followmespam on every post in the introduceyourself thread. I also would rather have high quality followers that respond to my content, not bot-ish types or those that don't even speak the same language as me.

I've heard that you can 'rent' STEEM from whales for $150 a month, but I don't think there is much return in that.

Should I just wait until after the August 1st bitcoin fork fallout? Any thoughts?