I can appreciate your concern and thoughts on this. We are completely at the mercy of the algorithms that are applied to our content. This is a great experiment but is struggling with the business reality of producing numbers rather than quality content. The old economy is still with us and the problems are always to be solved with rapid inflation. That still applies to Medium as well as the great capitalist bubble of which we are all a part. I’m hoping that Medium survives to get through the troubles to become what it could be in a new economic order.

I can say a good role of thumb is to recognize only half of any followers gained last year. The real value is, as you say, an involved and active community whatever the numbers.

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