Well, for starters members who write on medium weren’t lying about how lonely this place can seem. I have never experienced anything like it before online. Especially after 3 months of trying different things.
I must have written almost 100 comments in a rather commentless place and hardly received any response. I’ve gotten likes on those comments but I feel it doesn’t make up for solid interaction. Even when it magically appeared on my own articles my response would receive dead air. Which ultimately makes me feel like this place is the Bermuda Triangle of all writing platforms.
When I first started on here I made sure to see what other writers were doing to get ahead. To my surprise the word publisher kept popping up over and over and over again. Big long articles were suggested so I threw my hat in that yard believing it be great for SEO. However, the thing they don’t really tell you is that outside traffic really doesn’t make a dent for earnings in this place.
Making it seem like anyone who wasn’t complying with the submit to publisher aspect of medium was doomed to fail. While also looking like a low level earning promoter of the site. Regardless how good your content is, if promoted else where you would do better having your own website with ads. This is why I will no longer do that unless I submit them to a publisher on here.
Because there is really no beating the system with that in this place.
- Their rules, their way.
So, clearly they don’t play when medium suggests submitting your content publishers to actually earn. But to my surprise when I finally caved and decided to check out who were those publishers. I found some of them were major main stream outlets. Causing me to realize how lonelier this place just got for writers who don’t want to fit a certain narrative. So I put it on the back burner for now so when I do get the knack to write something long they will see it.
- But to write long detailed edited articles, in this climate with hardly any time to spare just seems unrealistic. At least from my end and I would assume there’s plenty more writers facing that in this economy.
Hell, I can’t even imagine what the recent changes of economics has done to medium in terms of subscriptions.
So, I’m going to start writing straight to the platform to try consistency for those I’m connected with. Hoping to at least build on my readership instead of catering to the big names that seem to have a monopoly in this place. It makes you wonder how subscriptions to that degree was built up in such a lonely atmosphere. But maybe it had something to do with the time frame and medium being around since the dawn of the decade.
- I just feel like I do better with my own feel of writing rather than coming off robotic in an edited article that would probably get trampled by countless others that follow.
It’s a different method that I have seen recommended as well from other writers. Who have suggested the minimum 500 words a day to help with this. Something that seems more realistic and manageable for someone who doesn’t rely on ghost writers and outside help to get ahead. In hopes of seeing if any real connection can be made between a writer and their base here, I will be implementing this strategy instead.
It was something I really thought about in past week as I practically abandoned the idea entirely just to see what would happen.
Oddly enough, I would get a random follower here and a random follower there. With out doing any thing.
Which has kind of given legitimacy to the whole slow burn thing in this place. But the thing I don’t get is how disconnected the following is from those who write. Because with over 100 followers I get these likes on my posts that pile up from maybe one or two people. Which is baffling when you analyze your posts ratio to your connections. Seeing if I did the same to others I followed back would help did nothing as well.
Making me feel like medium is a New York City style of attitude.
- Where everyone in the streets is out there flying back and fourth with out noticing what’s around them.
What I realistically see here (and I could be wrong) is a platform that has built up readers based on the existing groups who just opened up the site to the public. Because the subscribers and follower thing is just too weak between profiles. Even after joining the site it is suggested that readers and writers go out into the internet world to find other talent to connect with. Which is a bizarre aspect in terms of keeping people on your site in 2020.
I can see why writers turn this opportunity away for that reason. As helping publishers build their own brand is placed over any new comers who are left to try and fly on their own.
Even writing about medium is considered an easy outlet since most members are doing that here just to stay afloat. Go with the flow tactics that Bloat servers with meaningless content. While specific tags are left to dry on a site that has been around for years now. So you can imagine my predictions on where things will end up unless something is done to change that.
My hopes is that medium evolves into something spectacular so that is a home for all writers. Like a platform that is the standard for this sort of thing. So far they appear to be the best the internet has to offer to date. But research indicates that reading in general is dwindling online. As more people turn to video content over reading articles, even tho you see people using them for videos.
Another thing to consider is writers being pressed for cultural representation in their content. Placing serious limitations on creative freedoms in a ever more sensitive climate. So, this will affect writers as well as readership whether platforms decide to change or not. My suggestion is to consider transitioning into something more modern and advanced.
Software features that make the writing experience more fun or interactive. Features that would create new readers instead of just letting society drift away from the idea of reading. Hell, just starting with a basic way to transition articles to videos or audio directly from the platform would bring more people in. If only for that reason alone…
But I suppose that’s just the over the top thinking of a website owner who expects more from the internet world. Allow me to be wowed by my own ideas that sites avoid for the sake of staying in their lane.
I miss the days of innovation I guess, medium doesn’t strike me as that at all.
But so far it works for them and I’ll remain a member just for the sake of having my name attached to a place where writers both thrive and dwindle away. My hopes is that by the end of 2020 I’ll be in a better position on here instead of gracefully bowing out.
But let’s be for real, it’s 2020!
Written by Antonio Westley
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