Hi Chris Hedges! :) Thank you so much!
Regarding curation: I have a few insights on what works best for me, I will try to compile these learnings into another article as many people asked for them :)
Yes, I was already curated prior to January — In December I had my first article going “viral”, which was actually my main motivator to go all-in in January. I was already curated a few times before that (in 2019 and 2018) yet, as I didn’t publish regularly, I can’t say much about how those curations affected my current success.
I didn’t do anything particularly different than being consistent. I truly believe Medium (just like any other platform) rewards consistent writing. Obviously, the writing needs to be good and fit the curation guidelines, but other than that, I believe consistency is the major key factor.