I have never responded to a post like this, but could not resist this time. You will find some startling information.
1. My phone went dead while reading comments, so I went to my desktop to try to find the piece again. On Medium I searched for "Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine," the best I could remember. I scrolled through dozens of articles and never came to this article. Then I remembered "Roz" and searched that. I found you, but this article did not appear after scrolling through many many titles. This shows you that Medium's "search" mechanism might not be what we think it is.
2. I have 209 followers, and every month I get more. They are bitcoin and retire-this-instant or get-rich-instantly-off-writing authors, fishing for me to follow them. I don't. They drop off after a week or two. So I stay at about 200. This has been happening for 3 years.
3. I made 8 cents earlier this year at one point, and just got a payment of 13 cents. This all seems to be from an article called "Am I Immune from COVID-19" which has over 2.9k views and 1.6k reads. It has been on Medium for over a year.
4. I was a magazine writer in the 1990s and easily made $400 for articles about exercise. That was the lowest. I had a friend who had broken into Reader's Digest in the 1980s. She published 2-3 articles a year with them. Each article paid $3000 or more.
5. Though I love the internet and new tech better than the old way, the loss of print magazines meant the loss of 90 percent of the gatekeepers. A lot of the writing I see on Medium would have gotten me an F in my college journalism classes at Mizzou.
6. Yes, the money makers here are high tech, coding, entrepreneurship, and make-big-money-writing-here articles. Almost all of these are articles are hype-them-up crap, and people who suggest writers just crank it out every day to make as much money as possible miss the whole point of writing.