I’m glad I stumbled on your article.
This is a great story, and you should do another deep dive since the MPP changed again this year.
I did a similar analysis of Medium’s “Featured Stories” selected by Medium’s curation team between August 1-18 in 2019 that shows how much things have changed on Medium.
Here are the main stats:
Only 6 of Medium’s 205 “best stories” came from the 230,000 writers who did NOT write for a Medium-owned publication.
Of those 6 stories, 2 came from Freakonomics Radio, a major media show with a huge following, and 3 more stories came from independent publications (Humungus and Wisecrack).
That left one story being written by a single and relatively “unknown” author (it was subsequently published in a Medium-owned publication).
Here are your chances to be published as a “best story” on Medium:
- Write about a subject that is creative, funny or sexy: 1.95%
- Write an article NOT published and pimped by Medium: 2.92%
- Write an article published by a minor, group-run publication: 1.95%
- Write an article just by yourself: 0.48%