The more you write, the faster the pennies start adding up — especially if any of your articles are curated. I’ve been a member for over a year now. I agree the price of membership is worth all the reading I get to enjoy. I just joined for another year. I have come out in the black since the third month of membership. There are a few months when I don’t earn my $5, but those are months when I may only publish a couple of times. I do make up for it in the months I publish more.
I would encourage you to keep reading and writing. Let what you read stimulate ideas to write about. The more you write the better you will get and the more you will earn. And don’t forget to publicize the best of what you write on Twitter and other social media. I tag any shares of Medium posts on Twitter with @Medium so other writers on this platform can recognize them easily.