I have been thinking about this.
Consider, if one reader skims through your article, finds it interesting and therefore starts reading it. At the end the reader clapped and left a response. Fantastic.
If you have got 10 views and all of the 10 did something similar, then definitely the Medium system is gonna reward you. It ll start displaying your posts at multiple places.
If the conversions continue, then boom! You are a top writer.
On the other hand a bland article is simply passed by the reader.
Now one cannot practically always judge the quality of material written by it’s presentation or just by it’s headings. Sometimes going through something which looks boring, becomes internsting.
But what does this teach us? It let’s us know, that if you really make your article interesting, by look and by material, then no one’s gonna stop you.