Eir, I've been so impressed with your Medium journey. You write with such conviction and authenticity that is rare to find, honestly.
I'm so proud of you and how far you've come so far in your short journey.
I agree with you 100% about Medium being a connection/engagement platform first, before writing. You've definitely found the silver lining that most don't catch on, if ever.
If you're interested in Medium numbers, I'd suggest using Moneyball, a Chrome extension that was built by Zack Shapiro, the editor of Better Programming, which helps you deep dive further into your stats.
Email me if you have more questions! Happy New Year!