My First Step Into The World Of Medium
Until this morning I didn’t even know the website Medium existed. This was quite a surprise to me as I consider myself fairly well informed about popular websites, but this one had escaped my attention. That was until a new Twitter follower tweeted one of their Medium articles. I was intrigued when I saw the article wasn’t hosted on a WordPress blog like so many blog posts are these day. So I had a little look around and liked what I saw. I like the very simple, uncluttered lay out of the site. The design looks very user friendly, so it should be easy for me to find my way around.
I’ve used writing platforms before, such as the now defunct Squidoo, so this isn’t completely new to me. All of the platforms I’ve written on in the past have had a revenue sharing program for their writers as part of their business model. The problem with this model is that it tends to attract a lot of spam. Once internet marketers get wind of websites like that it isn’t long before one of them is selling a ebook on how they made $20,000 a month from writing articles for it, by using their own sneaky system. This generally involves either spamming the website or writing keyword loaded, low quality articles. How do I know? Well I’ve been caught by this idea myself in the past. The fact is it doesn’t work and usually ends up killing the goose that was laying the proverbial golden egg. I have to admit, I would like to make some money from what I write, but I can see why Medium hasn’t made this their primary model.
I have always said that I’m a bit of a messy thinker. What I mean by that is I have a tendency to go off on tangents. Something will grab my attention, which in turn will spark another idea which I want to follow. Maybe I’m just plain undisciplined. What this does mean is I like the freedom to be able to write about whatever is on my mind at the time of writing. I’ve tried writing blogs in the past, and I’ve tried following the advice of sticking to one niche, but to be honest I quickly get bored and distracted. Then there are all the other things that goes with running a self hosted blog. Things like hosting fees, search engine optimisation, keyword research and deciding on the right plugins and theme — I find all of these things a distraction. So having a platform where I can just write about whatever takes my fancy, suits me down to the ground. Now it’s just a matter of waiting and seeing if anyone is interesting in reading any of my random scribblings!