I feel the same way… but it’s no coincidence that since the new pay system was announced, Medium reads have plummeted. It feels like a notifications glitch at first, then it just feels like a ghost town. But it’s definitely not the quality of your writing at all.
I think it’s more like a freeze event, that has sent a shock to the Medium ecosystem… an abysmal moment for poets and short fiction storytellers who’ve worked so very hard to build quality pieces and inspire writers’ growth. But that engagement has been interrupted, and we are seeing setback and fallout.
‘Reading time’ is no online writer’s friend, but what we can learn here is to stay confident in our own writing, no matter what transpires.