My earnings and in-Medium reads are both down, despite being curated.
I have noticed, though, that there is curation and there is curation. Meaning I think not all curation is equal or that possibly Medium has other methods of boosting pieces than by curating them.
I have a couple older pieces, for example, that get significant Medium readership every day. One, piece, curated the middle of last summer, suddenly started getting read by Medium members in November.
That’s lovely, of course, but I don’t know how to explain it other than by guessing that some other form of promotion exists to get articles out to members.