Great advice. And I agree. The story itself should determine how long it should be. Padding or cutting don’t seem like a great idea. Unless you are cutting unnecessary stuff or trying to meet a set word count. I tend to write lean (LOL) so I don’t usually need to do much cutting.
Obviously I am not in the same league as those three powerhouses or you, so it is helpful to hear everyone’s experiences. It seems fiction is just going to get less reads on Medium, so I will just keep posting and not worry about numbers or story length.