In my experience only 15 — 20% of my followers are actual “readers” of my stories (based on clap.) Even less respond regularly. The rest were likely following me hoping I would follow them back. That old, pointless hack that only gets you lots of followers who never read your stories.
A lot depends on your goals. If you are writing for enjoyment, don’t worry too much about that stats. Just enjoy your real followers.
If you are trying to make money, write controversial essays about controversial topics. The more controversial your opinion, the better. Or write about the latest issues and tragedies of the day. Or erotica. LOL!