We have a Guild of roughly 19. Except for the PvP buffs, we have everything unlocked, all the buffs are active most of the time. We have thousands of influence just banked up.
Now I've joined a couple larger guilds looking to meet more people for when my guild isn't on and I'm looking to run a dungeon or two, and each one I've joined has very little unlocked. They have many members online and should be raking in the influence, but they have nothing unlocked.
On the other hand my guild from GW1 is very dead and has little influence.
Just keep looking there are very active small guilds out there.
You only need 7 fractals. Don't even have to be hard, just do levels 1 and 2 and you'll get your 7 fractals there. Takes a couple hours, just like it takes a couple hours to get the 50 WvW kills that belong in the PvP monthly.