Haha trust me Melissa I feel your pain but just keep writing and publishing. Don’t focus on the money and write from the heart, don’t write about a trending topic if you have 0 interest in it. Authenticity goes a long way.
And yeah the pay system is extremely confusing if you try analyzing the numbers, I gave up trying to figure it out.
What you said has some truth to it, those with a following have a clear advantage over those who don’t but those followings have been built here, through writing. Keep writing and if your stuff resonates with others, you’ll get there. Just takes time.
I totally get your frustration though, as I have a love hate relationship with the paid partner program and platform in general, to be honest.
But at the end of the day, they started paying me to write, something I was and still would be doing for free on my own happily. I shouldn’t complain as much as I do, every reader I’m lucky enough to reach and dollar my writing makes me is an absolute blessing.
Thanks for reading and responding, have a great weekend!