You speak the truth, Robert. Curation used to mean more reads, more claps, more income. Now, not so much.
Still, it's a nod and no one will refuse a confirmation of our work. But, the occurrences and effects have definitely decreased.
I used to be curated - before the pandemic became a thing in March/April - regularly - several times a month. From March until August, silence. I was not loved by the editors.
Suddenly, in September, I am in favor again but not as favored as I was before the VIRUS.
Perhaps, there are fewer editors due to the pandemic. I don't know. But, from other comments, I know curation is drastically down for those of us who write outside the universe of tech and news and other hot-button issues.
But, the most disturbing aspect is that curation has little or no effect on our work - and my "our" means those outside the universe of tech and news and other hot-button issues.
Curation is welcome but it translates into less than it used to. Like you, I've noticed my curated pieces receive almost no boost from the editors' nod of approval.
It's not you - it's all of us. Misery loves company, right? But, like you, I am not in it for the money. I am here for the stories and the poetry and the community. I am in it for people like you, Robert Bush!!