How to Succeed as a Medium Writer — 2 Lessons from an Ancient Book

Benjamin Obi Tayo Ph.D.
Nov 25 · 5 min read
As a successful writer, your number of views, reads, read ratio, fans, and earnings should grow at a descent rate. This plot shows my monthly views and reads for the 16 months following my joining Medium. As you publish high quality articles prolifically and consistently, these statistics will improve over time.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9: 6, ESV Bible.

Medium is now considered one of the most popular blogging site. Medium is a platform specifically designed for writers and readers. The writing experience on Medium is simply amazing. The Medium website facilitates writing. Basically, everyone can become a medium writer, as long as you have something interesting that you would like to write about.

I joined Medium over a year ago. I published my first medium article Using sapply() function in R to generate a table on July 7, 2018. This article was written mostly for experimental purposes. The feeling of satisfaction that a writer derives when someone actually reads their work and post feedback and comments about their work is what encouraged me to keep writing.

It’s been 16 months since I published my first article on medium. Even since then, I have published prolifically on diverse areas covering a wide variety of topics such as sports analytics, materials sciences, physics, online education, and personal growth.

Before delving to the tips for being successful as a Medium writer, let me first explain the benefits of writing on medium.

Benefits of writing articles on Medium

Writing medium articles has 6 main advantages:

  1. It provides a means for you to showcase your knowledge and skills in your specific area of expertise.
  2. It enables you to share your expertise, knowledge and experiences with readers across the entire globe.
  3. It enables you to improve your communication skills. This is useful because it enables you to convey information in a way that the general public can understand.
  4. Writing is an academic process that helps you to develop your mental abilities and to improve your creativity.
  5. Every article published on Medium is considered an intellectual property, so you can add a medium article to your resume.
  6. You can make money from your articles. By means of the Medium Partner Program, anyone who publishes on Medium can make their articles eligible for earning money.

Before discussing the secrets of successful Medium writers, lets first define what it means to be a successful writer.

Medium provides 6 main metrics that can be used for measuring success:

  1. Views
  2. Reads
  3. Read Ratio
  4. Fans
  5. Followers
  6. Monthly earnings (partner program stories)

If you are successful as a Medium writer, you should see these metrics increase over time at a pretty descent rate. For example, it took me about 10 months of writing to get to the level where my stories were receiving descent amount of views and reads, and I was earning money too, as can be seen in the figure below.

Let’s now discuss 2 secrets to successful writing that all successful writers share.

2 Secrets for Successful Medium Writers

The secrets of successful writing could be gleaned from this quote from the Bible: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9: 6, ESV Bible.

Lesson 1: Write Prolifically

Just as in farming, “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

To be successful as a medium writer, you need to write prolifically. When I first joined medium, I was publishing one or two articles on a monthly basis. As of today, I publish 3 articles every week. I maintain a regular routine where I publish one article every Monday, one every Wednesday, and one every Friday. That way, I can publish 12 articles per month. I know some really successful writers that publish more than 20 articles per week. Some publish on a daily basis. Writing requires time, critical thinking, and lots of energy. At the moment, giving that I am not a full time writer, I can only sustain 12 articles per month.

Lesson 2: Write High Quality Articles

Remember our quote: “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” You can only reap bountifully as a farmer if you sow high-quality seeds.

To be successful as a writer, you do not only need to write prolifically, but you need to write high quality articles. There are thousands upon thousand of stories published on Medium everyday, your article has to be of high-quality in order for it to stand out. A high quality article has the advantage that the story can be selected for curation by Medium’s curators. Curated stories get more views as your articles get distributed by Medium and could be listed as a featured article. This would attract more viewers and readers, and more fans. For more information about this, see Medium’s Curation Guidelines.

In summary, we’ve discussed 2 important secrets for successful medium writers.To be successful you need to publish prolifically, and your articles have to be of high qualify. As you keep publishing consistently, your number of views, reads, fans, followers, and earnings will continue to increase.

Ever since my first article was published on medium some 16 months ago, writing has become an integral part of my life. Through my articles, I have shared my diverse experiences in physics, materials sciences, online education, data science, machine learning, and analytics with thousands of enthusiastic learners all over the world. My goal is to continue to improve myself as a writer and to keep pushing myself to write, and write, and write. My articles now receive a total monthly view of over 100,000. It would be fun to increase that number by a factor of 10.

Writing is fantastic and fun!

Other Useful Links:

Beginner’s Guide to Writing Data Science Blogs on Medium

Choose the Right Featured Image For Your Data Science Articles

Benjamin Obi Tayo Ph.D.

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Physicist, Data Scientist, Educator, Writer. Interests: Data Science, Machine Learning, AI, Python & R, Predictive Analytics, Materials Science, Bioinformatics

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