Why the Featured Story on Your Medium Profile Needs to be Updated
You might never pay attention to it, but one element of your Medium profile should be frequently updated. Here’s why.
Your profile plays an important role in your presence on Medium.
It might be something you set up on day one and then never look at ever again, but if you’re writing on Medium frequently, it’s in your best interest to update your profile from time to time.
I talked about why yesterday…
Why Your Profile is So Important on Medium
The quality of your Medium stories is first and foremost, but do make sure your profile looks stellar and that it is…
I think the description about you at the top of your Medium profile is super important and, yes, should be updated from time to time. Don’t just have the same basic description for months or even years. Look at what you’ve accomplished recently and tell us about it in your profile!
Something else you should do often? Update your Featured Story.
This is something I never did until, I’m not joking, one month ago. I didn’t start updating my Featured Story until around May 1, one entire year after I started writing almost daily on this site.
I just didn’t think much of it. Readers were going to find my Medium stories in all sorts of ways, so why bother with the Featured Story? Did people even look at my profile that often?
While there’s not a way on Medium to see how many people view your profile every day, I would bet it’s a lot, especially when you’re writing and publishing frequently and constantly building in your views, reads, and fans.
First, how do you change your Featured Story to begin with?
It’s super easy. Just go to your profile, scroll down to the story you want featured, and click on the arrow pointed down at the bottom right hand side.
Click on this, and you get two options. FEATURE AT THE TOP OF YOUR PROFILE or EDIT STORY. Click on the first one.
All you need to do is click that button, and Medium does the rest of the work for you! Just refresh your profile page, and there it is — a new story of yours featured at the top.
What should you feature exactly?
This part’s entirely up to you. You can feature any story you want, really.
You can feature a story that’s done exceedingly well the last week or two weeks. I do think it looks fancy to see a story at the top of someone’s profile that has 1.5k claps or 3k claps or whatever it may be.
You can also feature a story though that didn’t do very well and hope that people throughout the next few days might discover it and eventually clap for it. I haven’t actually tried this strategy yet, but I might.
You can feature a story you particularly like a lot, that you think you did well on, whether or not it got a lot of claps or not.
And you can feature a story that you think represents you the best. That you think readers who have discovered some of your other work might really, really love.
Whatever you do, just make sure you update your Featured Story often!
Don’t let the same old story linger as your Featured Story for months and months.
Sure, if you wrote something you’re particularly proud of, show it off for a month, maybe even six weeks.
But I’d say at the six-week mark, you should think about mixing it up and featuring something new. You should have written something six weeks later that you’re proud of too, after all.
Many people might be glancing at your profile every day, so make sure you pick an awesome story to feature, not just occasionally, but often!
Brian Rowe is an author, teacher, book devotee, and film fanatic. He received his MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He writes young adult and middle grade suspense novels, and is represented by Kortney Price of the Corvisiero Agency. You can read more of his work at his website, brianrowebooks.com.