Pay It Forward: Sharing Your Story on Medium
Even when a pesky projector and your imposter syndrome don’t want you to
I gave a talk this past Tuesday for Madison Women in Tech on writing for Medium. The space I was hosting in had a deceptively simple projector setup. I’ve heard from other developers that tech breaks around us and this was no exception. It logged me out, displaying an IP address with a code and none of us could figure out how to get in. Many buttons were pushed.
Thankfully, my Madison Women in Tech co-organizer Hilary was there and with a can-do attitude whipped out her laptop. Which was very fortunate, as I was definitely in more of a can’t-do or can-don’t place. We all got in a circle looking at mine or hers. A much less stressful way to present if you are, like me and several billion other humans, not into public speaking. Still, I kind of felt like it didn’t count. I’m never the level of prepared I want to be and wonkiness like this follows me around like a less cool groupie.
At one point, it came up that I’ve only published on Medium once and I felt like a bit of a fraud. I explained it away as wanting to share as a beginner, to convince myself as much as anyone else. Really I’m not always sure what’s holding me back from posting there more. I think it’s feeling done enough to ask other people for edits. Working on asking people for things or help is one of my 2019 goals. Since it’s already the summer solstice, I’m hoping my asking skills are on an exponential trajectory.
The delay in publishing could also possibly be that I am intimidated by applying to publications. There you go, y’all can throw half my whole presentation away 😂. I’ll put it on SlideShare just in case:
I was lucky in that I had a delightful audience full of complexity and feedback. WiTsters (Women in Tech members) are great! I also got some Meetup messages from people who would miss the talk and were interested in slides, links or a future talk. Including from a fellow spoonie, which I’m always excited about.
General Medium References
- “A Quick Guide to Medium”
- “How much money can you actually make writing articles on Medium?”
- “Medium’s top 10 most followed and active publications”
- “The Do’s and Don’ts of Publishing on Medium.com”
- “Write to learn, not just to communicate”
- “16 tricks to turn your Medium drafts into beautiful looking stories”
Articles from Medium About Medium
- “Tips and tricks for Medium writers”
- “The Rookie and the Pro: Different Ways to Succeed on Medium”
- “The Medium Model”
Advice from Top Medium Author Shannon Ashley
- “Successful Strategies For Any Writer On Medium”
- “Should You Submit Your Medium Stories to a Publication?”
Examples of Great Medium Titles and Images
Originally published at https://cakelin.com on June 22, 2019.