I imagine Medium is trying to feature writers (import feature writers) they believe will bring money to this site, since their revenue source comes from the small charge to read and post here. And that in itself is a hard sell, because people are used to reading for free on the internet. How many of your friends and family will pay to read what you write? Medium has to do what it needs to do to survive, and if unknown writers aren’t bringing in a stream of revenue Medium will constantly tweak the site to readjust. Payment is distributed among tens of thousands of writers, so the payment plan probably needs constant readjusting as well. I enjoy practicing my skills and interacting with a community of writers. Finding readership is difficult under any circumstances, I don’t get many views, but I get more than if I weren’t on this platform. For now I continue posting here and considering how to add more irons to the fire in different directions.