Thanks for sharing your story, Brian. I really appreciate the honesty about your struggles. As a marketer, I also respect your 'data driven' approach, i.e. analysing what's working best and doubling down on it.
I've only been writing for a month on here and have made a grand total of $8 so far, but I've begun to love the process of sitting my ass down every single day and writing. Like it's my job.
Your sharing of your actual earnings is really helpful too, because it gives newbies like myself a good benchmark for how long it can take before you become successful on Medium. And that's IF your work is good.