Medium Writers, Share One “Popular” Post and One “Meaningful” Post Five Days Weekly For 90 Days
Okay, I’m obsessive. I shoot for three posts daily, seven days a week. If I fall short, it won’t be by much.
That’s discipline talking. I prefer to write for my life because once upon a time I had no choice and I never want to return to that hell again.
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You will note in the above article I indeed advised to write three articles daily, as opposed to two, and I haven’t changed my views in that regard. Simply, the more you write and the better your market your work, the more you will earn.
Still, if you can write and post ten articles weekly over a period of three months, your earnings will not only substantially increase, you will begin to identify new patterns.
Take a peek at three of my recent statistics, from articles posted for a week or so:
Remember when Medium changed their algorithm in late-2019, stressing claps will no longer count as it did towards your pay, and views would count that much more?
That, my friends, is bullshit.
The third article referenced above, “Why Are You Here, Rey From Nowhere,” is my full-throttled defense of “The Last Jedi.” Of the present 1.7K views, 1.5K of that number was from the first 24 hours of posting.
The other two listed above may have been moderately viewed, but their earnings, however, punctuate where I’m headed. Of the three, which do you believe has earned the most?
“Why Are You Here, Rey From Nowhere?” No.
As of now, far and away the first one, which nearly doubled “Rey From Nowhere’s” numbers:
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Surely, though, the “Star Wars” post above has to be a strong #2, right?
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When you look at the stats, the disparity in views may appear startling.
Only it has nothing to do with earnings.
Check out these statistics:
Two more science fiction-themed articles from this week that I knew would get big hits — “I Don’t Like Sand,” about the “Star Wars” prequels, and “Before Star Wars Cornered the Science Fiction Franchise Market, There Was Planet of the Apes” — have performed as expected so far. Ditto: “The 2020 Oscar Nominations are In.”
But … I balanced those articles with “We Take the Time to Listen,” about marrying when older, “I Am Not a Buddhist, Yet These Are the Wisest Words I’ve Ever Heard,” about the tendency to believe we always have time, and “Nine Years After: “Since I Was a Child, I Feared Losing a Parent More Than Anything,” about the death of my father. Personally meaningful articles, one and all.
I knew those latter three articles would have minimal hits but again, they are meaningful articles, to my mind, that would appeal to a certain readership as well as myself.
“Happy 300” was a quickie about my 300th article on Medium and what I had learned from writing on the platform. I thought I’d be lucky if I received 10 views with this one, so let’s eliminate it from this mix.
In order, of those articles that appear in the above box, my earnings were from highest to lowest:
- “I Don’t Like Sand”
- “Before Star Wars Cornered the Science Fiction Franchise Market, There Was Planet of the Apes”
- “Nine Years After: Since I Was a Child, I Feared the Passing of a Parent More Than Anything”
- “I Am Not a Buddhist, Yet These Are the Wisest Words I’ve Ever Heard”
- “The 2020 Oscar Nominations Are In”
- “We Take the Time to Listen”
- “Happy 300?”
First and second place were expected. However, while #1 is fairly well ahead of the pack in terms of earnings, #s 2–6 are slightly over $1.00 apart in total. #7 is nearly non-existent.
What I’ve learned was meaningful articles are worthwhile and moneymakers for this platform, so long as you post those stories throughout your social media.
If you write one meaningful article daily along these lines, and one article daily that you know will be popular with your social media crowd, you’ll have earnings and views.
My views from the “popular” posts bring more eyes to my Medium, and more followers. With more followers, comes still more views … and more money.
See how that works?
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I did not write any of the above three posts to make money. I wrote them as a catharsis and yet they all earned well over the months.
Regarding “His Name Was Daniel,” I asked for and received permission before posting. The mother of his son and I agreed it would do some good for those suffering from addiction personally, or knowing others who have gone through similar issues.
I donate funds from that article to an addiction-related organization.
The general message here?
Never neglect writing from your heart.
P.S. I anticipate several of you reading this will want to see my actual earnings. I’m not keen on publicly sharing my earnings yet — I may soon — but I will tell you now a) I’m presently joining the top 8% of earners on this platform, b) I’ve been a Medium member since November of 2019, after taking over a year off for other matters, c) Since I began posting my quota daily in November of 2019, my monthly payouts have increased 20-fold (it’s not yet been three full months), and d) I don’t write for curation.
Though many of my articles are curated, they are by no means the majority. I find my social media accounts — which I also facilitate daily — to be responsible for most of my hits. It is not unusual for 90% of my hits for a given article to occur before curation.
Thank you for reading. I hope you received something of value from my candor, and I wish you the best of luck on your efforts.
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