Thinking back I simply can not remember how I stumbled upon Medium. Like many users for the first couple of months, I drifted in and out of it. Recently I have truly fallen in love with it. Like a girl who suddenly realises her best friend is hunky. Medium is my new obsession and commands more of my social media time than Facebook and my old favourite Twitter. I have become so enthralled with it I recently became a member, a better way to spend my money I can’t find. As I devour more and more content becoming a member opened up a whole new world for me. With this Medium has really started working for me as well. Not that this is an article for members only. Most of these tips I came across when I was a non-fee paying user. For all those starting in this world here are a few tips I have discovered along the way to enhance my Medium experience.
If it doesn’t work for you change it
First I used to use Medium as a store for articles which had been rejected from magazines and didn’t fit into my other two websites. My quality of work was rubbish no wonder they got rejected from magazines. By putting them on Medium they worked their magic and I gain about 2 followers. If a magazine rejected the work I was foolish to think the reaction on Medium would be any better. Now I use Medium as one of three posting platforms. Medium is home to most of my articles from a range of subjects. I hit publish more times than I ever did and I have set a goal of posting at least twice a week. Rather than thinking of Medium as a portfolio of my work I am using it as a publishing platform to cultivate followers.
Comment, comment, comment
I have lost count of how many articles I have read saying commenting on other people’s work gets you noticed and helps build followers. This is not just true for Medium but for all blogging/writing platforms. Before this month I had never committed the time to this. This month I have really started connecting with other writers and commenting on their articles. I don’t comment on everything I read but, I do on articles that offer content I feel I could add to. Through this, I have built some genuine friendships and support networks. People are genuinely supportive. I have never been trolled on Medium. I have always been offered excellent supportive advice. I am not going to preach the same as everyone else and say you must comment to increase your followers. I will, however, say since doing this my followers have increased considerably.
Clapping is like marking
It is without a doubt I use claps on articles different from most. It is essential to clap good articles, I understand this boosts an article up the ranks. However, personally, I use claps like a marking system. I’m sure no one can tell that my other job is a teacher. So as with the essays, I read from my young people I use a clap like I would use a tick. If a point in the articles strikes a chord with me, entertains me or is thought-provoking, I give it a clap like I would tick the margin on a young person essay. This isn’t for everyone but for me this system works.
I don’t know everything
If anyone tells you they know everything about any program or social media platform they are lying. There is still so much I need to learn and tips I need to master. I have a type of articles that I read and topics that interest me. Is there a whole new room to Medium I haven’t discovered. For example, is there a community where people teach you how to repair farming equipment. The biggest part of Medium I find completely baffling is tagging comments. Do you tag comments or don’t you?