As someone who only very recently started writing on Medium I truly appreciated your point of view here. I’m coming from a different direction. Not really an aspiring writer, totally a novice, but also an idiot. I might write one or two silly things a week. Honestly my writing springs mostly from boredom rather than a serious attempt to make any kind of career or even serious hobby out if it. I’m certain that’s obvious from the content of my work and the sheer volume of mistakes, grammatical and otherwise, that most of them contain. That said I really do appreciate the opportunity to have others look at, read, and comment on the things I publish here. At the moment I’m an out of work research scientist and boredom consumes more of my time than I’d like to admit. My ego is at a bit of a low point so even one supportive comment from a “real” writer here can be the difference between a good day and a bad one. Like you I say a hearty thank you to everyone on the site. I truly do appreciate all who are willing to give up even a little bit of their valuable time to read some stupid thing I published here. Your thoughts and opinions are valued and I hope to see even more, good or bad, as time passes.