This article is a good reminder about keeping things in perspective in general, as well as how it specifically relates to Medium. Thank you for writing and posting it.
I joined Medium in November 2020, and in the weeks before Christmas, I spent a lot of time writing and editing an article I thought would be very popular. (This one: https://medium.com/illumination-curated/remembering-christmas-gifts-with-staying-power-d4c63a3b8fcd) But alas, it did not do so well.
As of this moment, it has earned 0.00 and has exactly 26 views -- most of them from family and friends who do not regularly read Medium stories. But I enjoyed writing it, and I enjoyed sharing it. Perhaps one day it will be a big "moneymaker," but if not, at least it helped me appreciate the Christmas spirit more than I otherwise would have.