Bravo on your response to the criticism, Jon. You’re a big deal on Medium because you give the people what they want. At the same time, what the people want isn’t always what is best for them.
Sometimes I read your stuff, sometimes I don’t. Whatever, man. I applaud your sincere statement of effort to respond to criticism with improvement, but even if you chose to ignore your critics and keep on truckin’, it would be OK — as long as you sincerely intend to help people, or provide unique perspective, or to spark meaningful conversation. As long as what you’re publishing is for your audience, and not for Jon, you’re in a good place.
Bottom line: When you’re popular, someone is always going to be unhappy with you, no matter what you do or say. Might as well get used to it.