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Jon, I only joined Medium a few days ago, but your writing (style, voice and subject matter) has me hooked. I completely agree with the notion that the gatekeepers are no more. While this means you “have to” build your audience organically, that audience will inevitably feel more connected to you as you explore and grow, and will support you as you do. I like the recognition of having to grind it out as you would in any occupation. Looking forward to more of your work.