Like, sure, most of the articles I write plummet uselessly into the void, but a fraction of them don’t. If you turn out two hundred articles a year, the fraction that don’t can, over the years, turn into a meaningful audience. I know sentimental artists don’t like to look at it this way, but on any algorithm powered platform, there is a degree to which it is very much a numbers game — as long as your initial bases are covered (tags, photo, decent formatting, etc), quantity over time=audience growth. That gives me hope because it means while the success of any individual article of mine is down to luck, my success is not. All I have to do is stay the course.
Hi Megan, I really appreciate the input and I agree that consistency is really the most important thing, especially when you factor in the numbers game. Posting frequently and turning out all the time and engaging with other writers really helps. I think luck only runs out if you give up, and knowing that there is a huge degree of luck to any article’s success means that you can move on to the next one faster and not take an article not doing well at all personally.
At least that’s the way I look at it. I think it’s much worse to say “I Made Money on Medium by *insert something that touts your own merit*”. We wouldn’t have success without an audience and community. Any writer’s progress on Medium is a relationship, with highs and lows, ebbs and flows. And that means everyone has a different relationship with the platform. Some people benefit from writing every day. Other people need to write every couple days or less frequently. I just feel like a lot of the rules about success stories about Medium write are ableist, as Madeline Dyer has previously written brilliantly about. We see those articles out there that promote a writer’s brand and personal ego, but I just couldn’t do that myself because the truth is I couldn’t do it without a lot of things swinging the right way, God’s plan at work.
As for a long-term relationship with the platform, I’m keeping some quotes and Scripture verses in mind as I transition past a half year on Medium.
Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know I have plans for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Ephesians 4:2: “I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.”
W.B. Yeats: “Life is a journey up a spiral staircase; as we grow older we cover the ground covered we have covered before, only higher up; as we look down the winding stair below us we measure our progress by the number of places where we were but no longer are. The journey is both repetitious and progressive; we go both round and upward.”