Medium is a really big universe, Darcy. I do pretty well here with fans and claps and whatnot, and I’ve never had any of my writing in his pubs or had anything other than a couple casual interactions with him.
Good for you, for seeking your independence.
Remember, good work is good work. If you write with passion and skill about things people care about, you’ll do great.
Seems like it’s working so far. :-)