Well, that was a thoughtful Medium analysis. The truth hurts!
I have an alternative reason for being here other than making a living as a writer or building a portfolio to get a real writing gig.
However, I do understand your point about "addiction." There is something very satisfying having my work out there--even though it probably won't get more than 30 views.
I have reposted articles here that, on other internet forums, generated threads of 25+ responses and heated discussion. On Medium, not much happens to my work.
I was here only two months and I figured I was not going to become a top writer here. Writing is a very competitive profession--and I'm not willing to put in the sacrifice--or cater to Medium's political readers with a slew of anti-Trump articles.
Strangely, I get more traction with responses like this than my original articles. Because I'm writing another book, my Medium responses have been cut back a lot.
But the addiction to get my work out there is still strong. I'm putting up sections of my book on my own pub, each a 2 to 5 minute read. Something could happen, but I just like the idea of my book being somewhere other than my website. Medium is attractive to search engines. My break, if there is one, will come from outside of Medium.
Best part with this new Medium strategy: it only takes me about 5 minutes a day to do this task. So far, I got 15 minutes into this response--and maybe 3 people will read it. Yes, I really need to stop wasting my time.
But you wrote a good article to explain the nature of Medium. Well done.