What you said, Louis Chew, is all very true. You have to keep writing and posting, writing and posting. But make sure every piece you do gets better and better.
One thing’s for sure — you GOTTA publish from a (high-following) publication if you want that initial boost of recommends/responses/shares. Of course, you can get hit it viral publishing on your own, but it’ll be a tougher climb.
Btw, love the way your writing flows —I don’t know how you do it, but it makes me want to write something like this. :)
P.S. You just expressed our efforts in the most apparent way: “The 5 minute read you see probably takes at least 5 hours to be written.” 👊🏻