You know…you made me think about this. I am fairly new here, and I hadn’t viewed Medium in the way you have shown it to be. It doesn’t mean I think you are wrong. In fact, I do believe you are correct.
The thing is that we seem to have career type writers here on Medium along with others who are more casual, like me. Whereas you need to have your numbers up, someone like me really doesn’t care. I do like your writing and would miss you if you left…but, I would understand. As for me, I find this is a great place just to exchange our humanness. I am just happy to be here with everyone else.
Perhaps it is unrealistic to think that serious writers can’t exist with hobbyists?