The problem is needing to chase the dragon to pluck shekels from his tail. Dragons move quickly and take sudden turns as the dragon has a mind of his own.
I, too, have enjoyed your well thought out articles and have learned much. Thank you.
There is an evolving cycle of perceived problems with Medium. With primarily younger writers this tends toward the problem that you describe. I never expected to be part of a Partner Program such as this and it is an amazing development. But it is not really a way to make a living.
Luckily I don’t have to make a living. There are benefits to being old and both retired and still employed at the things I enjoy. I’ve come to write at the pace that I want, several articles a week but not every day. I decided when money started to arrive that, as long as it paid my monthly Starbuck’s bill that was enough. I haven’t been going to Starbucks lately so it is paying my cell phone bill and that is just as good.
After a couple of years of thinking about this process that takes away some of our best authors, I’ve decided that Medium is really just a good farm league. The weakest part of Medium as it has grown has always been those hustling a living and writing more than they should in order to get the numbers. Then they burn out and disappear.
This is the paradox of our post-industrial world. Soon now, I think, we will have Universal Basic Income which will allow these intellectual and artistic communities to really blossom. Without having to put food on the table, thought can be given time to develop.
I’ll check on your new venture to see how it goes.