I’ve decided that I’m going to write monthly reflections about my time on Medium. I know that no one is going to read this, but I think it’ll be neat to have a log of my journey being on the platform. And hopefully this will allow me to stay accountable for my own writing.
January seems to have flown by, yet, it’s probably been the busiest I’ve been in a really long time. I’m juggling two jobs and two major projects with the respective organizations I volunteer with. It’s also the month I started writing on Medium.
I discovered Medium when I was late-night scrolling on YouTube and came across a video called “How Beginners Can Make Money Writing on Medium in 2020” from an individual named Zulie Rane, who I have now found out is an extremely popular freelance writer on Medium. I was really intrigued by the video and decided it would be a great chance to get back into writing.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but I think partly because I spent the last five years of my life writing (go liberal arts degree), I needed a break from my figurative pen and paper. In October, I’ll be going back to school to start my Master’s, which is very exciting, and thought writing on Medium be a good chance to practice getting into the rhythm of things, while also making a little cash on the side.
Emphasis on little.
Going into this, I had and still have no expectations. I jokingly told my roommate that if I make enough to cover my Medium subscription I would be more than happy. And I did.
In December I published 2 joke articles.
- 20 Lighthearted Reflections in 2020 as a 23-year-old
- “Hold my Beer” — Why New Year’s Eve is the Worst Holiday
Which you can see virtually did not get any views or reads. But that’s okay because it sort of got the gears going after a long time of not running.
I was just really excited that those two articles made a whopping $0.11. Someone wanted to read about me complaining about New Year’s Eve and my pop culture reflections and memes? Wild.
In January I published 6 articles, 5 of which were accepted into 4 different publications.
- How a Financially Illiterate Graduate Saved $9,000 in 2020
- Everything I Hate About Academic as an Aspiring Academic
- The Killing of the Keystone XL Pipeline: Implications on Canada-US Relations and Climate Change
- Stop Chasing Your Passion, Aim for Growth Instead
- The Caretaker Complex in Relationships
- The Interconnectedness Between Indigenous Rights and Climate Change
From these 6 articles, I made a staggering $5.13. My best article to date has been my Keystone one and the worst one, not surprisingly, was my rant on academia.
Challenges and What I’ve Learned
Consistency is Difficult but it is Key
I knew this was going to be a challenge for myself because I find it difficult to keep myself accountable to something unless there’s a certain pressure such as a letter grade at stake or a deadline coming up. In this case, it is just little ol’ me writing in my free time on topics that interest me. I’m astonished when I see writers on Medium producing 1 article a day — I could barely do 1 a week. Although, I think 6 articles starting out is not too shabby. My goal for February is to surpass that, which I’m hoping won’t be too difficult.
Writer’s Block is Real
I think this is what hindered my consistency the most. For the first time in a really long time, I had serious writer’s block. I would begin writing about a topic and then just get stumped. I wouldn’t know how to continue. I currently have 10 draft articles, although to be fair 2 of them are ones I never will publish because they are more personal to me and I just wanted to write the thoughts down, but still, there are some that literally have one sentence and that is it.
Choosing Which Topics to Write About
This has always been an issue for me, but not necessarily topics, but interests in general. This month I wrote about personal finance, climate change and the environment, relationships, academia, social justice, and personal development. However, there are so many other things I want to write about such as health and fitness, culture, lifestyle, and the outdoors, books I’ve read, etc… I guess what I’m trying to say is that I definitely have not found a niche and to be honest I don’t know if I want to find one. I’ve been having a lot of fun just exploring my writing through different topics.
Despite some of the challenges I’ve faced, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first month on Medium. It’s revitalized my love for writing and it has allowed me to add something new to my daily routine. Although February is going to be crazy busy for me, I’m looking forward to seeing where my creative writing process takes me.