I agree with you so much, Katie. I had written a piece about these kinds of stories. I’m not interested in the “stars” of Medium, I mean, the ones you’re talking about. I don’t read them.
In my opinion, they do not deserve to be paid for what they say, because their only goal is to make more and more money. And when money is the only motivation to write, for me there is no interest anymore.
There are much more interesting writers here, and they never or almost never talk about Medium and their success. They have nothing to sell, but they have things to say. And that’s much better.
Well, if it makes you smile, here is my thought about “How To” stories: