Regarding me being a bit of an outlier: Yes, I think so as well. I personally don’t know anyone who applied for quite as many positions. I still don’t think I am a *very* special case. I also got several private messages in response to this post, of people saying they had made similar experiences.
Regarding compensation: I was lucky enough to have decent runway, so the financial aspect wasn’t crucial for me, so I just forgot including it. I will edit that now.
Of course, the one who writes the post about it is likely to be the outlier rather than the median.
I doubt you’re an outlier to be honest. Though I may swing more pessimistic than average.