I started writing last year around October I think. Curation mattered much more then because my curated pieces would get a ton of views. Medium changed their algorithm to show particular publications on the home page. Over the last month, even with curation, my views are still really low. Lots of writers are seeing it too. The algorithm frequently changes to show stories that Medium wants to show more of. I believe that's also something to consider. This is just my own observation of course from reading other takes as well.