Sadly that's how for profit companies work. Push what's popular because more low risk money.
If you want to find some good stuff i recommend surfing the mod list in "Last Released File". Then it brings up all the active projects that people are working on. Yes some things that don't update as often won't be seen but its still better than the default.
Plus when packs start coming out more and more mods will shift on the list and will get more exposure. Something that has plagued modded minecraft for ever.