I must admit I started my Medium journey only by commenting but it has fallen by the wayside now. This is a great reminder!
I had 200 followers before writing a single article which probably gave me a slight headstart on many who start writing and have 0 views.
I would suggest some caution to people commenting on political posts. It can get pretty nasty from either extreme. Medium generally has a great community but be careful!
Have a great day!