A look back at my output in the past year
In Match of 2019 I started writing here on a more serious level. I had written a couple of pieces in years past but had basically forgotten them. However, in March I revisited Medium, learned about the Partner Program and started looking at what other writers were doing here. I discovered a community bound together by writing, though the individual perspectives varied wildly. When I first started doing essentially random pieces, I had no plan, nor did I have any expectations.
I knew from reading the various teaser articles about financial success that a minority of writers were making money but that there were a zillion others who hoped to emulate them. I know from my long experience as a professional writer that making even a semblance of a living from writing is a huge challenge. Riches very seldom rain down unexpectedly. Yet many seemed to think there was a code to be cracked.
My approach, and reasons for participating here are different. I would write about things that interested me, largely initiating personal change and creativity. Medium gave me an outlet for these topics without a lot of editorial guidance. I could do what I wanted. And I could see, via stats, what resonated and what did not.
This resonance with readers is why I joined the Partner Program and became a paying member. For a pittance I could read freely and reward the things I liked with a currency of attention (and claps). I had a little skin in the game. So I began posting pieces and learning about Medium’s culture, curation, and, most important, its readers and writers. I kept track of all the pieces I posted for the first six months or so and then relied on the stats to keep track for me.
It has been a gratifying experience for me. Not a monetary one (it buys me a few nice dinners), a feedback experience. I learned that curation is almost entirely based on quality: quality writing, good editing skills, and engaging content. I learned this from being curated, not from advice articles or forums where people beg for tips or a secret sauce for getting noticed. I’m sorry, but that is sad to me. Good writing takes practice.