Writing for Medium.com Is Not a Good Fit for Every Writer

Not a good fit

My writing for Medium.com took my focus away from building my own brand.

Writing for Medium.com is fun and easy to do. But not all writers who spend time and energy posting stories, reap the benefits they expect. That was why I created NotMedium.net and I’m working to establish my own brand.

The Medium Brand

When you write for Medium.com you are writing for the Medium brand. Even though they are a popular website and they have a good brand, it is still their brand, not yours. Your efforts to piggyback off their brand just might not work.

I’ve been a writer and member of Medium.com since the summer of 2019. I learned some valuable information about what online readers enjoy. I even discovered the new way that online readers prefer article content to be arranged.

But there is something writers should know about writing for Medium.com. The truth is, not every writer benefits. Many writers spend time crafting articles and stories for Medium, but they fail to get the results they hope for.

Reading On Medium

Online readers have a vast array of both good and bad content to choose from.

Reading on Medium is what prompted me to start writing my own articles and stories for the website. Medium stories (as they are mostly referred to) have a certain appeal to readers. The site is clean and crisp and makes you want to read.

Personally, I was drawn in by the conversational style and tone of the content available on the site. There is a huge diversity of Medium writers. More and more writers seem to sign up everyday.

Medium has all different kinds of people, from everywhere, and every walk of life. There is no shortage of article and story topics to be found on Medium.com. Online readers have a vast array of both good and bad content to choose from.

Becoming a paid member ($5 monthly) on Medium was a no brainer for me. I didn’t mind paying, since I really enjoyed reading the interesting articles. They send regular emails about new titles. Eventually, I became one of their writers.

Writing for Medium

Writing personal essays and sharing stories (like your own writing experiences) can be a source of motivation to both the writer and the reader. If you get enough views and applause, you can even earn some monetary compensation.

Medium encourages writing in a more personal way, but there seems to be a downfall if you happen to be too specific. That might have been the reason some of my own stories were overlooked.

Writing for Medium requires publishing content unique enough to be interesting, but similar enough to be relatable. I understand what Medium.com wants, but since I don’t always want to give it, I’m not always a good fit.

Are you the kind of writer that hates being put into a box? I am. But what happens if you mistakenly start to believe you can publish whatever you want? Your writing won’t stand a chance of being read on the Medium.com platform.

Neglecting Your Brand

Neglecting your own brand should not be an option when you’re a writer. You should be your first priority, and everything else should be done to help improve, enhance and expose your own brand, not someone else’s.

If you agree with the above statement, you’re probably not a good fit for Medium.com. To be a successful article writer on Medium, you MUST put in quality time and really learn how to finesse the website.

I never planned to get so tied up with Medium.com. But as soon as I started writing for them, I got hooked. Before I knew what was happening, I was spending all my time doing nothing but writing for their website. Suddenly, Medium.com became my total focus as a writer.

Whether you’re a self-published author with other writing obligations, or just a blogger or freelance article writer; Medium.com should not be your total focus. Nothing should prevent you from establishing and building your own brand.

Benefit Every Writer

Visibility is something that can benefit every writer, so it really helps when you get exposure for the articles, stories, and personal essays you post on Medium.com. The problem is, not every writer will actually get exposure on Medium.

In reality, you will get very little exposure, if your writing is not selected by Medium to be “curated.” If you fail to land in one of the popular Medium publications, chances are, your article will basically go unread.

Medium.com allows you to create a publication, as a way to distinguish yourself from other writers. But you still need to build a fan base of readers to follow the publication. You are the one who has to make it popular with online readers.

Who is the one exerting them self on social media, promoting your Medium stories and articles? You have to be responsible for getting eyeballs on your writing, not the other way around.

Medium may not benefit every writer who writes for them, but many of those writers may actually benefit Medium. If you are busy driving traffic to your writing on Medium.com, you are definitely one of the latter writers.

Not Medium Writing

This year, I decided to stop putting all my energy into helping someone else’s writing platform. I created NotMedium.net so I could have my own publishing platform.

This site provides a vehicle for me to establish and solidify my own brand. I can promote and showcase my entire brand without any type of censorship.

I believe it makes more sense to be a big fish in my own little pond, right here at NotMedium.net. Over at Medium.com, I’m nothing more than a little guppy in an ocean full of countless fish.

Authors, bloggers, freelance article writers; you can’t afford not to look at the big picture. Don’t put all your time, energy and skills into helping someone else and their brand succeed.

Are you busy driving traffic and social media followers to the Medium website? Maybe it’s time you create and start establishing your own brand. Don’t be afraid to do something else besides write for Medium.

How Can Writing Be a Form of Creative Healing When You’re a Victim of Abuse?

Both fiction writing, and journal writing can help purge painful memories of abuse.

Oftentimes, former victims of abuse find it hard to talk about the emotional pain they still feel. When this happens, there are various writing methods a person can try, to help them find at least a degree of healing,

Here’s how that works. All writing can basically be considered as creative, even when it’s not fiction writing; and different types of creativity can be employed, in order to help people heal.

In this way, you can help yourself learn to gradually feel better and heal, whether you write in a journal every day, or your writing consists of short stories or other works of fiction.

Healing Victims of Abuse?

Sometimes, life deals people a really crappy hand, and all you can do is play the cards that you’re dealt. This was true for me as a kid, just like it was for lots of other unfortunate children who grow up in foster care.

Kids like us were no strangers to abuse, both before and after entering the system.

Physical, and even verbal abuse can both have side effects, but sexual abuse can often do the most emotional damage; damage that no one can see with the naked eye.

This is especially true if the victim never confided or told anyone; thus was never really able to find healing.

Seeking Survival Strategies

Sufferers from abuse must have effective survival strategies, in order to cope with the emotional aftermath.

These “survival strategies” amount to finding different ways just to live with yourself. For me personally, writing is one of the best and most effective ways.

No matter who the abuser was and how long the abuse lasted, just because you were able to move on doesn’t mean that you’re truly okay. In fact, in many ways, you may never be okay.

The best that most survivors can ever dare hope for is a healthy coping mechanism. For a lot of us survivors, that coping mechanism is (or can be) writing.

Sometimes, adults who were victims of abuse can find the true healing they need, by articulating their pain through writing. I found this to be true in my own case, and I firmly believe that others can do the same.

It’s really liberating, expressing yourself and your pain, through some form of creativity. Even though it doesn’t necessarily have to be writing, and some other creative activity might do, writing is an excellent way to purge yourself.

Journal Writing Fear

When I first started journal writing, I was timid and too afraid to write what I was really feeling. Even though I knew I had absolutely no plans for anyone else to read what I wrote, I still censored myself for a long time.

It took months for me to finally get comfortable with the idea of jotting down precisely what was on my mind.

Eventually, journal writing allowed me to clear my head of private thoughts that made me anxious or full of negative energy. I began regurgitating all those bad memories that secretly haunted my subconscious, just like demons in my sleep.

Before I knew it, I was writing about things buried so deep in my mind that I never even knew they were there. I guess you could say I kind of underwent a form of hypnosis through my writing.

It would still take several years before I really started sharing my truth, but thanks to journaling, the healing process had begun.

Fiction Brings Freedom

My love for words and books has always been evident; in school when I was young, and also when I got older and became a journalism major.

But none of the writing that I did back then ever compared to the eventual freedom I felt after publishing my second novel, “Skipping Childhood: From Abused Foster Child to Adolescent Serial Killer.

While using my creativity and writing a work of fiction, I took the opportunity to inject some actual childhood events. This helped add authenticity to the type of story I was crafting.

Gradually, I was able to open up about quite a few painful and very personal experiences. Since releasing my book in 2014, more and more, I’ve been able to write about difficult topics, and not even hiding behind fiction to do it.

Revealing my truth through fiction finally brought me a sense of freedom from the past. It propelled me down the road to recovery and true healing. But you don’t have to have a painful past of child abuse to be in need of some kind of healing.

Your pain may stem from someone or something else, that you haven’t been able to totally recover from. Perhaps writing about it can help.

Give Writing a Try

If you’re intimidated by the idea of putting your deepest and darkest secrets down on paper (or a computer screen), why not start off simple. First get used to writing your thoughts and ideas that are not so dark or secret, merely just private thoughts.

Try hard not to censor yourself. It’s won’t be easy, but you have got to get used to the idea of writing like no one will read what you write (because after all, no one really has to).

The more you write, the easier it will start to get. Don’t bother trying to go over what you write, at least not anytime soon. You should not allow yourself to get stuck on going over your words and editing your “freestyle” work.

The whole point of this type of therapeutic writing is to get it out, not to read it; not even to share it, but simply to get it out.

There’s no better time than the present to start writing to emancipate yourself. Don’t plan what you will say or think about it, just write. Don’t underestimate the power of writing. It might just be the type of creative healing you need.

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Confessions of a Frustrated Author

How will you handle frustration about your writing career this year in 2020?

This year in 2020, frustrated authors should be determined to start the year off right, by adopting a new perspective, when it comes to their writing career.

I’m a frustrated author, but I can think of a million and one things going on in the world right now, besides my writing, for me to really be frustrated about.

  • Another big thing happening is, among other violence and bloodshed, a new wave of violence in Iran occurred within the last 24 hours. Now, close to 1000 more U.S. troops are being deployed there.

With all these problems and more, surely my own personal frustrations as an author shouldn’t amount to much.

Frustration and Hard Work

When I consider that everything else in my own life is not so bad (compared to the rest of the world), how can I be pissed about the poor sales performance of my novella?

It’s easy to be frustrated when you know you put a lot of hard work into something. This is true, whether you’re a writer, an author, an actor, or an astronaut.

No matter who or what you are or do, it’s irritating when you work hard and you don’t see the reward for your hard work.

My frustration and discontent stems from the failed launch of my new release, Tell Us the Mermaid Story (written under my new pen name Beka R. March).

Prior to the book’s release, I went through two short, but very busy, weeks of pre-sale activities. That includes paying for promotional marketing services, yet my book still had lousy launch results when it released yesterday (December 31).

I admit, I don’t always give things a chance before the frustration begins to set in; after all, today is ONLY the second day the book has been out.

But even when you wait things out and HOPE for the best, things have a way of not happening when you want, or expect them to. Needless to say, this is frustrating as hell! So what do you do? Do you give up and call it a day? Well I for one vote NO! At least not entirely.

Examine, Confess, Continue

The way I deal with constant frustration about my writing career is to examine, confess, and continue.

I’ve already examined the fact that no matter how much of my own hard efforts I put into marketing and promotion, I need either a highly professional paid staff behind me, or I need an edge.

I confess that since I first began self-publishing, I’ve already shelled out several hundred dollars (piecemeal) to try and enhance and promote my ebooks and particularly my fiction work.

I also confess that I DON’T plan on paying additional hundreds of dollars, only to receive little, to no concrete results.

That leaves me with the option of having to find an edge and continue striving to get my work in front of more eyeballs.

Commit to Writing Career

In order to continue on your author’s journey and not give up on your writing career, you have to be committed to the process, and everything that comes with it, that includes the occasional frustration.

Personally, I refuse to remain discouraged about the slow progression of my current book sales. The public statements I’ve already made about my upcoming mermaid series won’t allow me to stop and give up.

Publicizing your current work-in-progress can help keep a writer honest and on their toes, but it is also a great promotional strategy. Hopefully, by the time I’m ready for my next book launch, the results won’t end up being so frustrating.

When it comes to other promotional strategies, I also have a great plan in mind, to help me get that needed edge I spoke about. I’m still working out all the logistics, but like most things that are worthwhile, it takes time to come together.

I’ll be posting more about this in the upcoming week or so, because the plan will also benefit many new and existing authors, currently seeking more exposure.

Frustrated Author Solution

The solution to my own frustrated author status actually works in harmony with what I mentioned about finding an edge and continuing your author’s journey.

The idea involves conjoining the NotMedium.net website with two of my affiliated book and author websites. The goal will focus on establishing more visibility and eventually gain more book sales.

Watching book sales can be the bane of an author’s existence. Book sales were at the core of my initial frustration this morning, because I couldn’t resist the urge to check the status of my Amazon sales page.

Other authors out there can no doubt relate to my compulsive action of constantly scrutinizing my book sales report page on the KDP dashboard. You can also probably relate to my frustration about my Amazon obscurity.

If you’re reading this post and you happen to be one of those authors, I can honestly say, with no hesitation, that this new NotMedium.net website was tailor made for you. I love and writer for Readers but this content specifically caters to Writers and Authors, so be sure to return.

Authors Stay Connected

Let’s face it, even though there are major world issues occurring as we speak, we cans still be concerned about our own relatively small lives. It’s okay to view yourself as significant and worthwhile.

It’s easy to feel guilty and think, with all these problems and more, surely my own personal frustrations as an author shouldn’t amount to much. But the truth is, you and I both also matter.

Assuming you choose to watch and follow the growth of this new website, from its very inception, onward, you will definitely find relatable content that you can truly benefit from.

My plan to create a FREE and effective marketing and promotion network for authors is currently in the making, so stay tuned. I’ll be posting more about this in the upcoming week or so.


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