I don’t know how much bias there is. I understand this sounds totally shallow from somebody who has benefited from good curation. I’ve also worked incredibly hard to improve my writing over the last couple months and, when an article does not get curated I go back and try and make sense of why not. Usually, I can tell. It’s not my best work.
I am also a huge fan of slow growth. I work to grow my followers by being consistent and actively engaging with them. If you can grow a following, even small, of people who truly enjoy what you do, it can be almost as beneficial as curation.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat. It’s continual growth and improvement. I think there’s a lot of different philosophies on how to grow on Medium. And, what works for one will not always work for another.