Thanks, Mal. Your Newsvine journey sounds similar to my journey on Facebook. People have a way of ruining good things.
It does take time to gain real followers on Medium.
It’s funny that you mentioned a collaborative story idea. I recently took part in one called Out Of ideas, Out Of Time. I wrote two chapters. The chapters were just gathered into a publication:
Out of Ideas, Out of Time
A place where collaborative stories go to lose momentum and disappear in a tiny dust devil in the middle of the desert.
I am hoping to start up a new adventure in the series soon. Perhaps you could take part.