I love your honesty here. I am tired of how much of Medium is advice, regurgitated from other advice.
I like your specific strategy of replying to people who had commented on your article. While I think I reply to most, I am now going to make a policy to reply to all. It's not as though I'm getting THAT many comments on my pieces.
Oh, a quick question -- where in one's stats can I find how many responses I've written versus how many stories?
Nice photo of you also. Looks like you are standing in front of a sign that says 'Good People'? just guessing. That would be kind of funny if that's what the sign says - Good People - and there you are. You definitely belong in the Good People category.