Do you want to know what two of my most successful posts are so far this month? Posts about Medium isn’t that depressing?
Some readers read all my work regardless of what I post. These loyal souls I am more grateful for than I can put into words. The majority of new readers only want posts on Medium and it depresses the hell out of me.
I have written posts about mental health, crime and parenting. Each of them has a fraction of the views compared to a post moaning about curation. My articles on other subjects take time, I research them and use 25 years of experience in them. Yet readers are not interested. I even tackled my nemesis and wrote a personal post about being bullied at school. Still crickets.
Medium had changed to a relational distribution system.
Is that any good if followers want only Medium posts? You might be sitting there thinking, why is she moaning. Yes, I am part of the top 6% with earnings. Shouldn’t I shut up and be happy. Write the posts readers like. Maybe I should spew out a hundred Medium tips posts and watch the money roll in. The truth, I can’t do it.
Having taken a break for five days, I reflected. I need to start loving writing again, that starts by writing articles I am proud of. Medium posts that take a half-hour to throw together and consist of no substance are not it.
Changing your writing
I’m not giving up writing on Medium. After this post, I’m changing things for six weeks to see how this affects my earnings. First, I have various outlets for my writing, including a writing tips website and parent newsletter, these need my attention. As a reward to my Patreon subscribers, they will get the previews of the majority of my work, from all my platforms.
On Medium, I am throwing out the publishing schedule of once a day. Instead, I’m going to publish posts when they are ready. Different posts that consist of topics I can be proud of. Crime articles stay because I love them. The feedback is also awesome. Thank you all who have taken the time to tell me this. I’m also going to try some new publications.
I need to fall in love with writing again.
I need to enjoy what I am doing. If I don’t, then this profession becomes the same as being a headteacher, something I did for money but didn’t enjoy. To be fair if this happens, I might as well go back to teaching it pays better.
I know I’m not the only one feeling this way about Medium, Twitter is alive with writers leaving. I love Medium, but I need to start making it work for me and not the other way around. What changes are you making
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