Thanks for the comments and questions Len Morse!
#5 Great question! There is indeed a fine line. For me, being authentic in writing is about fusing your experience on a topic, but not it being the topic. On Medium, most people don’t cares for stories that don’t entertain or don’t educate. Some people call that “edutainment”. If a story is all about “me, me, me”, it’s likely to fail the “education” part.
#9 Stevie Adler compile this awesome list: https://medium.com/stevieadlerteachandblog/tags-that-attract-top-writer-status-update-9e2088ccedc1