I can definitely relate! The strange thing is that I think that sometimes my expectations get in the way! If I think an article is going to be popular, I can almost guarantee it will get few reads or claps! If, however, I’m unsure of an article and hesitate to even publish it, thinking no one would ever want to read it, it tends to do quite well! I’ve no idea why this happens but it is a pattern I’ve noticed!
It’s also a good idea to try and have articles published in several publications (especially those with a lot of readers). That way your articles are put in front of many more people and a small proportion of them are likely to relate or be interested.
But, at the end of the day, there is no magic formula (or at least I don’t know what it is if there is one!). As you say, we just need to carry on writing and publishing. Thanks for a thought-provoking article!