That thing you pay attention to in other meta puzzles and it turns out to be irrelevant? In this one, it's not.
The inspiration for this puzzle was the frequency with which a certain potential solving strategy is raised in our Group Solves. Hmm, I thought. That's actually a great idea for a meta! I had a lot of fun creating this one but struggled to think of a suitable meta answer. It came to me, of all times, during my weekly meditation group!
Thank you to Bird Lives and to Abide for their tweaks, which improved the puzzle greatly.