Thank you for taking the time to read this piece. For me, it is not so much about making money. Readers are why I write. My problem with this medium is getting my work to the readers. If a piece doesn’t reach members of the site, readers will find other material to read. Unlike your experience on ThinkProgress, I have never had “outrageously high numbers.”
I believe this problem is systemic and is dictated by those at Medium who decide what they will promote and not promote.
Like you when I began to write articles on Medium, I placed my monthly $5.00 into the pool that all writers on Medium can draw income monthly. I thought if I received compensation from this pool, I at least ought to contribute to it. After a year, I have reassessed this notion. I do not think the distribution is fair. I have decided not to put any more money into this pool. Those who are making thousands of dollars each month writing on Medium can do without my hard earned $5.00 (money I earned writing somewhere else).
I feel good about my choice. I pray that you find success on Medium, but if not keep writing and sharing your thoughts with those in the world who are fortunate to read you.
All the best to you.