My first week writing on Medium

It’s been slightly underwhelming.

About a week ago, I started posting on Medium. I guess I got really excited about the possibilities of gaining a following and eventually making money from my writing, because I ended up posting six articles in the last week. One post was taken from this blog, one other post was taken from my cannabis blog, and the rest were written for Medium specifically. (In general, you can post content on Medium that’s already been posted elsewhere.)

I’m up to 5 followers, which is definitely not many. I’ve seen other Medium members post less and gain more followers, so I feel like I’m not necessarily doing everything right, just yet. Writing for Medium is different from writing for WordPress or my journal. So it’s going to take some getting used to.

I think I just got really excited and I’ve also been adopting a “quantity over quality” mentality when it comes to my Medium posts. Growing up, I remember being annoyed at my mom saying that I ”get carried away“ with things. But she had a point. I get super enlivened at the prospect of something new and exciting. And Medium is new and exciting to me.

I think that can be both a great thing and somewhat of a pitfall. It gives me energy to move forward with this new and exciting thing, but it sometimes ends in disappointment when my efforts don’t pan out and result in something great.

I think, truthfully, I need to get better at writing. I think I have the foundational skills that I need, but putting them into action is where I’m falling short. I need to spend more time editing my posts, instead of getting excited and posting them before they’re fully complete. I need to find my writing voice. I don’t know whether I want to be funny, straightforward, blunt, or something else. I’ve just been writing and hoping for the best, but I don’t think that’s enough if I want to be a successful writer.

Nevertheless, I love reading on Medium. I’ve found so many helpful posts there, and it’s really given me an idea of exactly what I should be aiming for with my writing. Some of my favorite people to follow on Medium are Zulie Rane, Elin Melaas, Sophia Metrakos, and Kelsey Kryger. I highly recommend you check them out and give them a follow.

If you’re new to Medium and you want followers, follow me! I’ll follow you back. 😊

Medium is a really cool platform

Recently, my sister told me about Medium. I decided to check it out, and I really like what I’ve found there.

There are tons of high-quality, user-generated articles spanning a number of wide-ranging topics, and new content is posted often. Anyone can write for Medium and it seems like a good way to build an audience if you are a writer. After reaching 100 followers, you can monetize your content. Yep, you can make money writing for Medium!

The idea of gaining a following and making money writing has me wanting to write for Medium. Over the past few days I’ve started writing some new content and plan to post it over there once it’s ready. You can follow me on Medium here.

My favorite thing about Medium might be that it has so much written content about writing itself. As a newer writer, I find this extremely helpful. There are articles about the writing process, people’s individual experiences writing for Medium, how to make money on other sites through writing, and more.

I highly recommend you check it out if you haven’t already!

Update: If you liked this post, you might want to know how my first week on Medium went! I detail the process plus how many followers I’ve gotten.

Losing a subscriber (or follower)

It can be disheartening when your following goes down by one or two (or more). But it’s not always a bad thing when you lose a follower or subscriber.

It means your following is becoming more attuned to your posts. It also means your content was not for the people who unfollowed.

When I lose a follower or subscriber, I tell myself that it’s a good thing because they were probably never meant to be following me in the first place. I also tell myself that my audience is becoming more refined.

It’s way too easy to get caught up in numbers and analytics in a world based on stats and performance. But what I would suggest is focusing on the quality of your content and engaging with your audience as opposed to obsessively tracking every number surrounding your account.