What it’s like to be a new writer on Medium

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Ever moved to a large city where no one knew you? Do you have any idea what it feels like to be alone, neglected, and invisible among millions? Well, that’s what it feels like when you create a new account on Medium. When you write a new story, no one’s going to care. In fact, there’s a good chance that no one’s going to see it at all. There are too many other people like you, uncared-for, enthusiastic and desperate for attention. Unless you have lots of friends on other social networks you are willing to invite, there’s little hope that your voice will be heard.

You’ll spend nights wondering how to get people to follow you if they don’t even know that you exist. You try to write posts on popular topics, but that’s exactly what thousands of other forlorn souls do. As a result, your posts fade into oblivion in a matter of hours. If you are lucky, you might get a view or two. And, if you are really lucky, you might even gain a follower or two. Of course, when that happens, you smile a little, and may be follow them back as a token of gratitude.

After a few days of writing and staring at your stats, you realize that most popular tags have top writers. These are people who usually have very large followings, often in excess of tens of thousands. You also see that anything they write tends to rise to the top of Medium. You feel jealous and bitter. Nevertheless, you console yourself saying they’ve been on Medium for a long time and their works are better than yours. You slowly start thinking of them as demigods. You leave responses on their stories, hoping to get noticed. Sometimes you are, and you again a follower or two.

You think about quitting, but you can’t. You are addicted to Medium’s interface, and the thrill of getting a paltry number of views. You tell yourself a small number of views is far better than zero views. You also tell yourself you don’t want to disappoint the dozen or so followers you’ve gained. So you keep writing, hoping, and enjoying every single view, heart, and follower.