I would probably play often. I know what you mean about needing to play with people. I am a part of another forum and within that forum exists groups and one of the groups I’m a part of had an official server which was really fun even with just 3-5 people online every day. Maybe a month in and everyone sort of gradually stopped playing.
I kept building my base for a while after but it wasn’t really worth it with nobody on. Anyways, the guy who gave us the server basically just made us our own world in his server that he’s been running for 4+ years. It’s completely dead but he continues to pay for it without fail. I could ask him if he’d be open to allowing members of aloha play since the group members of the other forum aren’t playing.