I say do what you feel is best for you. One of the main gripes I have noticed is that people wasn’t getting what they most like coming through their feed. I do not have that problem. I dig for what I want to read and I love doing it. Exploring Medium is a gift.
I do not feel comfortable at this point paying because I do not think I need what is offered. I do not want a new homepage. I get what I want to read because I search for it and enjoy doing so, and I still feel like something is awry with all of this. I pay for one publication and I am happy to continue this. But, as of today, paying for what could be “Newer” Medium is not beneficial to me unless… unless the money is seriously needed.