I agreed with so much you say here. I have been writing on Medium for nearly two years and am getting nowhere.
I look at my home screen and all I see are posts from Medium publications. I find all the articles I want to read on Facebook and Twitter. No wonder my stats are down if this is the only way people can find my work.
The curators hate my work, I could jump through every hoop and I’m never curated.
The Medium powers have taken what was a brilliant platform and changed it into somewhere people become disheartened. Rather than supporting writing, they are destroying confidence. I hope they see the error of their ways before things go too far.