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WRITING

It’s a normal process of being human and being a writer

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When I first started writing seriously almost 2 years ago, I had this unshakable belief that a writer must be someone who writes every single day. I truly believed that and anything else would mean that I’m not a writer or I can’t call myself one.

Back in 2016 I wrote and self-published my first short story. Then in 2017, I did it again with my second self-published short story. Despite not finishing my third one yet (it’s about 3/4 in terms of progress), I’ve literally been writing quite consistently since I started writing my first short story.

Then, in…


MEDIUM THINGS

What you need to know as you start your Medium journey as a writer

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You’ve just stumbled across Medium and the vast opportunities it gives to you as a writer. Because of your excitement, you want to start writing and publishing as quickly as possible but you’re not exactly sure how to. You’re also not entirely sure of the reasons why you want to be a writer on Medium.

Well, fret not because ALL of the writers you see on Medium were once in your shoes — myself included, obviously.

We were beginner writers on the platform. …


Which one are you currently doing?

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It was a really busy day for me. I had just spent more than 8 hours attending to calls and meetings throughout the day. I was easily near burnout as I crashed onto my bed, next to my wife who was enjoying her Netflix series.

“What’s wrong baby?”

I didn’t really hear her asking me that as my mind was wandering aimlessly around the empty space in my head.

I was close to just passing out due to exhaustion.

“Are you ok?”

She asked again while stroking my hand, which snapped me out of the little daze that I was…


WRITING

Sometimes we just have to be really honest with ourselves

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Last month was my best month on Medium in terms of earnings by a long mile! Those who have been following me from the beginning would know that my best month on Medium was back in January 2020 and saw me make about $550.

But not only did I surpassed that amount last month, I ALMOST hit another milestone but missed it by just $9.

How much exactly did I make last month?


MEDIUM THINGS

Always tell your audiences stuff that you actually have knowledge about

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“How to gain 10,000 followers and start making up to four figures a month by just writing on Medium!”

We all live in a world where validation and approval from strangers are so important in our lives (for whatever reason that is). So, knowing how to gain followers and making money from writing so that we can show others how good we are, how big we are, is definitely something that’s interesting and exciting at the same time.

I’ve seen my fair share of articles with titles similar to the above over the years.

Very nice and very ambitious. The…


WRITING

Sometimes, the least conventional way is the best way to go

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I’m by no means a writing machine but for someone working a full-time 9–5 job, being as dedicated a husband and father can be, I think I’m doing pretty OK as a writer if I’m still able to write on a daily basis. This, despite not publishing daily on Medium.

And when I say writing daily, I don’t just mean writing 10 to 50 words and then calling it a day. No, I spend easily between 30 to 60 minutes and write anything between 1,000 to 3,000 words — every single day.

It could be a blog post, it could…


And how it affected my life in ways I never thought possible

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Last year I did a 30-day challenge where I ran at least 3 miles every single day for 30 days straight. It was one of the highlights in an otherwise pretty depressing year — with the pandemic happening and countries around the world going into lockdown.

So, for this year, I thought of doing another challenge.

Maybe raise the bar a little bit and try running for 60 days in a row, or maybe even 90 days?

I couldn’t decide.

So, in the end, I did the total opposite of what I was actually planning to do and to a…


It was a short but sweet ride for the much-loved iMac Pro

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Just weeks after initially announcing that the iMac Pro will be offered in limited availability “while supplies last,” Apple has decided to completely discontinue the much-loved iMac Pro. If you take a look at their official website, you will no longer be able to see the tab for the iMac Pro as it has been removed completely.

Even if you had saved the direct URL of the iMac Pro landing page, it will just bring you to the main Mac page if you click on it.

This would mean that, unless you get a refurbished unit or third-party suppliers that…


WRITING

What’s your reason for writing?

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Life is simple as it is complicated. Life is short as it is long. Life is predictable as it is unpredictable. Just as how life is, so is writing. Writing, in a way, imitates life. It’s simple as it is complicated. It can be short as it can be long. It can be predictable as it can be unpredictable.

You can love doing it or you can hate doing it. You can find inspiration to write effortlessly or you could be pulling your hair out in frustration just to write a few sentences.

I think it’s safe to say that…


MEDIUM THINGS

The potential of this platform is still big enough

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At the start of 2021, I told myself that I’m going to try my best to make this year a much better one on Medium than last year. One of the goals I’ve set was to try and make my first 4-figure income in a month or to at least beat my best month in terms of earnings from last year.

However, I’ve recently been seeing a lot of writers talk about how Medium has yet again, gone through some changes and a lot of writers are seeing their stats plummet over the last couple of weeks.

I’ve even read…

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