I appreciate all the comments on this thread. Its enlightening, But for me the varying comments only highlight that Meteor, like every other solution, has some weaknesses, and some strengths.
When I first started on PHP in '99 I was amazed that you could simply embed instructions (though ugly ones LOL) in a webpage and it would work. That had me hooked, and the rest is PHP history. But I felt far more amazed by reactivity, optimistic updates, and the fact I could go into airplane mode and continue working with my app, than PHP ever amazed me. 99% percent of websites have no need for further scaling than what Meteor, and simply uploading your app somewhere, easily provides.
And try to find opening for Meteor developers. Next to none. Node is in demand, React is Demand, but a full solution like Meteor which provides the benefits of both is not getting sufficient attention.
That’s what has me stumped.
To me, there really needs a way to make Meteor more apparent to the masses, people that normally just upload their site somewhere and hope for the best, or write small apps - not those that hope to have a website with 400 servers in 12 countries.
As for me, yes, I agree with awatson1978 that there are hidden users and a hidden market, writing internal custom apps, and this fact could be better highlighted by MDG in their promotion.