I started my writing journey on Medium in June this year. It has never been more up and down since. It depends on what you want to achieve on Medium, more followers, raise your profile or just write where your work will be read at least by one person. I started out without having a real goal in mind. I wanted to know what other writers do and gain larger audience.
However, according to Ryan Holiday: “For any project, you must know what you are doing — and what you are not doing. You must also know who you are doing it for — and who you are not doing it for…” I failed with that. I like to believe sometimes we can take a break from marketing ourselves and just let it be and see the magic in being and learning.
I love learning. Medium has taught me so much. It’s a great publication online. I love the quality of writing you can find here and the range of subjects. Some people who write for Medium and have huge following grown to have a huge ego so I stopped following these people. I won’t mention names. Medium is so alive that it keeps on changing.
Your own Merit and Hard Work
You have to make sure to comply with the rules and regulations for tax purposes. It makes it all so official too! I like it. What I love about it the most is if you are willing to work hard you are going to get noticed. The writing is based on the merit not on your background, religion or a language you speak.
I love the freedom Medium gives you.
You are your own writing boss too! You dictate your own rules if you want to write more, you do that; if you want to write less, you do that. No-one will push you or ask anything. That’s a beauty and the beast. Some people like to be pushed to do something some don’t. You learn to create your work for yourself. You learn what publications you’d like to be published too.
Encouragement on Medium
What I love the most is the people on Medium. Every single person who liked any of my writing I have to thank you. Every single person who commented and clapped made me write more. When I had days I didn’t want to write and I didn’t want to do anything with writing blogs, I had a lovely message from someone. Those messages are amazing to get bad or good.
Without them knowing they were the encouragement for my writing. Their messages and claps got me through the moments of doubt. I know it’s superficial to have a huge following and be “super” famous on Medium, however, every person that takes an effort to read, clap and comment on my work encourages me to write more. I am truly grateful for that.
Community on Medium
I am not a special person and my writing probably isn’t that amazing either. However, I’d like to believe maybe what I have to say helps or encourages someone to do something. Maybe it encourages somebody to do better, be better and create more whatever that maybe. I love Medium for that. I love it that we encourage each other to write more.
I love Medium for creating the community around the world where we can all share our message.
Publications like Medium creates writers.
I’ve connected to many communities and become a member. Pushing each other to write and share our work it’s amazing. Writing is a lonely vocation, however, having a community of writers suddenly makes it super social and fun. It’s always easier with others to do something and Medium has created a community for that.