Some people write for themselves and they publish on Medium because it gives them a sense of accomplishment and it makes their thoughts look more professional than a google doc. Also they can say to themselves and to others that they have a “portfolio” of written material that’s been published. But when I look at my stats, most of my stories have less than 100 views. So obviously hardly anyone is validating my claim, it just gives me confidence when I talk to people.
Really in the end I just write to myself, that is the only person who wants to read what I write and that seems perfectly normal to me.