All very helpful, Michelle, but I feel compelled to let my feelings of frustration flow.
When Esat invited to become a writer on The Innovation after reading a story I had written-- https://medium.com/the-innovation/work-out-using-the-fibonacci-sequence-72aece760320.-he said he really enjoyed the creativity. After that, any time the pull of inspiration enticed me to leap down the rabbit hole, stories about pizza and time travel were the result becoming reasonably appreciated by your readers. However, since the "changes" were made, I am lost. Complained to a friend last night over a beer that I feel like I am losing a friend. My go-to for all things linked to the eternal source of creativity in the universe is no longer reliable. Formatting aside, I don't see how essays about increasing views or reads on Medium or Newsbreak are matters of innovation.
When I release one of my essays from inside, it has been formed by my belief that at that moment I am aligned with a higher, unseen force that guides humanity to ever seek improvement, a better reality for most. Just the idea of sitting down to write for The Innovation already stoked those embers of creativity. Now, hints of discomfort arise. It is your publication and you can do with it what you choose obviously. Not all is as negative as I write and I am sure you will find your voice but right now the din of cacophony is impinging on my freedom--something, I guess I will need to deal with.
As you know, creativity is a character attribute as much as it is a flaw--sadly, I feel that too much is being focused on reminding us of the latter. Frustrated in St. Petersburg. Best of luck.