Matt, never be afraid of being genuine.
If you want to read something personal and powerful, read this.
If it moves you the way it moved me, ask yourself why it had only one recommend over ten days (until I started to promote it, which added a grand total of three recommends since then), while generic cut and paste click bait articles have thousands of green hearts.
That’s why this article on how to be popular on medium demanded a response.
Over the last few years Medium has quickly turned into my favorite place to publish and read. It’s a democratic haven…medium.com
My response was part satire, and part personal experience and part publicizing wonderful writers I had found on medium.
I don’t think I attacked anyone personally, but I sure did attack the concept of data driven content marketing, as it floods Medium and makes it much more difficult to find the very writers you want to seek out.
So if your truth is personal to you and presented that way, very few people are going to “bully” you (unless you write something offensive).
On the other hand, if you write about your personal experience in the form of a listicle telling other people how to finally become successful and end it with a call to subscribe to your newsletter or buy your book, your motives will probably be doubted.
If you haven’t read it, Henry Wismayer’s article is especially good to explain why there is push back.
Good luck on your journey as a writer.