On my profile it lists that I have 7.4k followers. Now I am receiving emails from Medium that I only have 7400 followers. That is about a 90% drop in the regular readership I have built over three years and seven thousand articles. VERY few writers have produced a fraction of what I have, Anne, and I EARNED those eyeballs. That's not reads. Those are people who chose to follow me, and that's why this time last year, before the mindless fiddling with Medium, I was earning $650 a week not $30 a week as I am now. I nearly killed myself building that following. In a few months Medium managed to wipe them out. However, assuming they are still subscribers, they keep that $50 fee, while stripping me of the earnings that I built up. Many of those folks shared with me that they joined to read my stuff. Now their follow button is somehow magically disabled. See the comments.