You're right, and I also wasn't thinking about FPP vs TPP which makes a major difference for that type of strategy. Gaining the middle is good if there's a strong position to hold (a house or a nice ridge, etc.), otherwise it's exactly like you said where everyone is looking and is going to light you up. The only hard and fast rule in the game, I think, is get a gun ASAP. Everything else is up to your own style of play.