This is my second month on Medium (barely) and same thing happened to me. I made $0.82 last month after publishing one article towards the end of the month.
I struck seeming gold with my second article which is now over $100 by itself and is on an upwards trend! I’d love to pretend I am amazing but think luck was an incredible part of it too.
Great to read from someone in a similar position to me.
Have a lovely day.