Never yield. Eventually Steem Inc will see that upvote bots and downvote bots are equally terrible. I save my downvotes for bad actors. I've been downvoted on my most recent quality post by someone who posted some actifit rubbish. How is that fair? Their content wouldn't get anything at all if it wasn't for bidbots.
I think the real secret is to continue to comment and interact and engage with people. That's where the most enjoyment is, and in return people will follow and see your content and upvote it.
That's how I found your account.