I have been locking all my stories since I joined in February (other than Medium stories.) My number have steadily climbed. As has my Partner Program income. I am still small potatoes. Only 450 followers. And I write mostly fiction and humor so there is really no chance of my writing getting featured anyway. I made $200 last month in the Partner Program. I don’t view writing as my career but I believe quality creative work has value and the creator should be compensated. By the way, I don’t promote my writing on social media or do Twitter. I basically do everything “wrong.” LOL!
I am happy with a small group of readers who like my stories and read them and comment. And the extra money is certainly a welcome addition to my income as a guitar teacher/musician.