Hey there Wild Flower , I’m still pretty new in Medium town (six weeks in) — so far I’m loving it. I tend to find folks to follow by paying attention to who highlights, gives feedback and claps for stuff that I have liked, I figure ‘birds of a feather…’ to a degree.
Once I am following someone, I try to habitually check their profile not just for latest posts but older posts that I might enjoy that may not be promoted on my feed, then bookmark to read when chanced. The larger the following, I think you need to be more conscientious to vary the profiles you check regularly.
I don’t know if they were already shouted out in the other responses, but I definitely recommend Zat Rana, Sam, nice to meet you , Jack Preston King for thought provoking creative work and they also reciprocate which is key for the community and just decent.
With the clapping thing, personally I don’t have a fixed system, if it resonates… I clap generously to show appreciation and hopefully for it to be seen by more folks (Medium say themselves right there at the bottom, ‘clap more or less to signal which stories stand out’).
The dreaded writers block, personally — I try to take a break, get something to eat maybe… — reading always sparks something, reread an old fave article, book, and there’s always poetry… prompts you can write to from Tre L. Loadholt and such.
Also I try not to be in resistance to my souls whispers at any given moment, this is tricky if it’s particularly painful… but if you try to write it — the words will come… eventually (and you’re not obligated to publish). I just realised how long this response is, well — hope it reaches you and helps a little 🌻