Meg, this is so accurate. My publication was soaring and now, well, with everyone able to put stories behind the paywall- not so much and it saddens me. We only have a handful of writers still submitting on occasion. I’ve noticed premium publications such as NYT and CNN aren’t getting much traffic as well. At least not the amount of claps per stories for publications Medium is promoting all over the place. It leaves me wondering how long they’ll stay.
Also, I wholeheartedly agree with Terijo. The first month my paywall stories pulled in $1600. That was in August. So far this month I’ve had ten paywall stories that have earned a cumulative total of $38. 57. “Not hidden away in a virtual cabinet,” is an understatement. When I don’t lock a story I have thousands of views. When I do I have twenty. Like, why is that? Shouldn’t it all be circulated the same? I’m not even going to bother anymore. I’d much prefer to have the traffic in hopes I gain patronage to keep me writing. There are no calls to action permitted in paywall stories.
If there were some way for the writers of Hopes and Dreams for Our Future to get paid while publishing their stories in the publication I wouldn’t even care if I got paid as an editor. Each week I’ve tried something new to engage writers and followers but my efforts fail me. I believe that Medium is most likely working on it (at turtle speed) but by then my publication may be dead.