There are two factors at work here in my opinion
First, I personally have the feeling that it sometimes is incredibly hard to find stuff from writers who are not famous already.
There are loads of interesting articles which offer tons of value, but they are written by people with a couple hundred followers, so they are hard to find because they don’t get pushed by the algorithm.
If I wasn’t scanning publications and reading through the articles by hand but just sticking to the Medium recommendations, I would be stuck with the same five or ten writers.
And if I go through the articles of some of the top writers (50k followers), I can’t help but shake my head. Empty phrases, vague inspirational talk, (wrong) facts without citations and such the like. Seriously, why and how did you make it?
I mean, who am I to tell a guy with a thousand times as many followers as I have how to do his job. But that’s just my personal observation.
Second, I think it is too easy to become a writer for medium.
Since everybody can publish anything, everybody thinks he is going to be the next Hemingway. A flood of content and a ton of people who are here to write and not read make for low engagement and stats. Plus it explains why articles about writing itself became so popular lately (or at least that is how I perceive it).
What’s the solution?
Well, I guess the mass of writers on medium is like an iceberg. You only see the top guys, while underneath the surface there are a ton which you can’t see. So the only solution I see is to just keep going and try to rise above. The good thing about this distribution or system is that once you have made it to the top, you will be favored tremendously.
So I wish my fellow writers all the best.