New to BlogHer and Questions about Blogging

Hi all ... my name is Samara and I have a blog Deconstruct the Girl.  I'm excited to join blogger and connect with new people and the community.  I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for how to better connect with other bloggers as well as how to increase traffic and followers to your site.  I'm really enjoying having this blogging outlet, I just wish I could share it more with others.  Thanks so much ... any advice is appreciated!