Thanks for bringing this up. I’ve been considering it for a while, but I want to wait a little more to see what happens. Also, I’ve gotten more and more frustrated, so I figured anything I write might come out as an ugly rant.
Here are some hopefully objective and insightful facts:
- In January, I had hundreds of fans for each post. In April, I was lucky to get more than 200. Now, I’m lucky to get more than 50. I have 22,000 followers. That doesn’t add up. Medium is showing my posts to a fraction of them at best.
- My views are down from 100,000 month to 50,000 month. It’s almost impossible to get 1,000 claps.
- In April, I made about $1,000 from everything I published for the Partner Program on my own page. In May, that was $500. In June, it looks to be $250 or less. I have over 100 posts in the program overall.
- Some posts are things I republish, some are brand new. The latter take anywhere from 1 to 5 days to write. If this level of reach and payments stay the same, I’d prefer to publish them for free or not at all.
That’s all I’ll say for now. I hope Medium Staff is paying attention. I hope they fix this. It’s about time. But most of all, I hope they finally step up and tell us what’s going on.
We deserve to know.