Hi everyone. :) I was checking the help board and a great many people were talking about how they had found a solution to the problem of the picture and profile info not showing up when they tried to follow a new blog - I was having this same issue.
Apparently if you go in and follow your own blog - it doesn't seem to matter if you do it publicly or privately - the problem is solved.
I did it - tried to follow a new blog - and there I was. :) So glad to be back.
If you are having trouble with your picture and profile info not showing up when you follow a new blog - please give this a try. It worked for me.