Why You Need to Stay Humble on Medium
You’ll have highs and lows on this site. The important thing is to stay humble always.
There are a few things you should understand if you’re a writer on Medium…
- It’s impossible, for the most part, to predict which of your articles will do well on here and which if them won’t.
- Publishing three stories every day doesn’t mean more views and fans than if you post just once a day or merely a few times a week.
- Your amount of views, readings, and fans don’t just tick up a little more with each passing day, even if you’re posting articles daily.
Oh, and another thing you should remember?
Always be humble.
In June I enjoyed a true breakthrough on Medium. I reached $1076 in just four weeks. My success on the site was continuing to grow and grow.
And I thought it would keep growing.
But in July things slowed down a little. I still made about $1076 but it took five weeks instead of four. And for the month of August I probably won’t pass $900. Even when I made about $200 more two months ago.
Sometimes this makes me feel bad about myself. I feel like I’m not delivering enough great content to my readers on Medium. I wonder what I could be doing differently. I wonder if I need to offer more surprises.
Well, I will offer more surprises in the weeks to come, and I’ll keep offering the best content I can. Because ultimately some of my problem was not being humble enough.
After June, I simply expected more and more success on this site. Instead of focusing on the content itself, instead of doing everything I could to improve my writing and pick story ideas that would be beneficial to all the readers out there, I was fixated on the stats, on the numbers.
I was fixated on the various drops that simply made no sense to me. I was so stupid obsessed with them. And being obsessed with your Medium stats is truly a recipe for disaster. It doesn’t help you, it doesn’t help anybody. Ever.
So I started anew today, committed to writing great material for this site no matter what.
I’m committed to being a member of an incredible community of talented writers and artists, not a mere army of one.
Because here’s the thing about Medium…
You will have good days and bad days.
Successful days and not so successful days.
Days when you will want to quit writing altogether.
Days when you won’t want to ever stop writing.
Writing for this site is a journey, one that is a total pleasure. Of the mind. Of the soul.
Even if the views don’t come for the day. Even if you only get one fan for that story you spent two hours writing.
Stop obsessing over the stats and the numbers, and instead keep going… and continue to stay humble always.
Just write the best material you can. As long as you stay on the side of joy, the rewards will follow!
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.