Over the last week, I have had time to celebrate my writing. When I started some five years ago I had a small book reviewing blog, with very few followers. Then in 2018 I found Medium and had an outlet for all my articles. A place where you could write about almost anything.
It hasn’t been an easy journey. I am not one of these writers who could write a post titled, ‘how I went viral after a week.’ Newsflash I am not even sure they are being honest. I have made it part of my journey not to disclose money and I never will.
I am sure many of you as you read this, have travelled this journey and felt what I have. You have asked the question, ‘why hasn’t it worked for me?’ ‘What am I doing wrong?’ I have been there and I know.
Every day all you can hope for is to progress a little in your writing. If you are improving every day then you are working towards your end goal of being recognised. Isn’t that what all writers want at the end of the day, to be recognised.
My message to you this week is, that no matter how hard it is, no matter how much you don’t think you are progressing, never give up and it will pay off. Yay, yay you are thinking, it will never happen for me. I know this because I have sat where you are and thought the same thing.
This week, one of my articles went viral on Medium. Sure I have had articles go viral before but over many months. This went viral in a week. There are still people out there with better stats than me. I stopped comparing myself to them ages ago. Now I compare my stats to my stats. This article is my most successful ever, after five years of writing.
What is very shocking is that the post that went viral is fiction and on Medium. For those that are familiar with the platform, fiction and poetry do not do so well there.
Here is why it was successful. It had a clever title that appealed to all those looking to writing posts. Okay, a little clickbait, I’m not sorry. Then the post drew people in and kept their attention. What means more than the reads, are the lovely comments I have received.
For the record, you get more trolls the more successful you are. Some of their comments are plain funny, the guy threatening to cut me if I was making the story up, hello it is tagged fiction, he got blocked.
If you are interested in reading it then click here.
I had a viral post this week. It took me five years to be able to say this. It might take you ten, but if you keep moving forward it will happen. Never give up, if this is your passion and what you want to do. You will get there and if you need a hand then look at joining my writer’s program.
Incidentally, once you have a viral post you have to follow it up with another one, or at least something of reasonable quality. Let me tell you this is more terrifying than starting to write.