It’s time to move on from the publication in its current form

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So I’ve agonized with this decision a bit.

This account was my main Medium account, my only Medium account initially, but after landing in Curation Jail and an algorithmic change that killed my earnings, I decided to stop posting here until I figured out what I wanted to do with the account.

Initially, I was going to shut it down altogether, but with Med Daily here, and having grown it to 1000 plus followers, I wasn’t sure I wanted to just throw that at all away. …


Curation Jail: The Series

Hint: It rhymes with Duration Mail

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In this edition of Curation Jail: The Series, we’ll look at why you might have multiple accounts and specifically why I have four different Medium accounts.

Of the four I have two are paid and two are not. Depending on how things go with the unpaid accounts will determine whether or not I turn them into paid accounts.

Account Number 001 | Paid

The first account is my main account which is the account where this article will be published. …


Med Daily is a decentralized pub so everyone can publish their own work.

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Consider this a Med Daily PSA.

Since Med Daily is a decentralized pub everyone has the status of an editor, but it doesn’t mean everyone is actually an editor.

What I mean by this is you have the ability to publish your own work once it’s ready, but you shouldn’t publish other’s work if you see a draft or scheduled article in the queue.

For example, this post was initially scheduled to go live today. A well-meaning Med Daily writer/editor published it on Sunday I’m assuming because they saw it sitting in the queue.

I didn’t need or want them…


Just when it felt like things were moving in the right direction

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Writing for Medium is one big mind fuck.

Just when you think you have a handle on things and you’re moving in the right direction (albeit slowly), the rug gets pulled from under you, and you find yourself having to reevaluate everything you thought you know and whether it is still worth it to continue.

Things were great, and while progress was slow, I still regularly made progress, and I had circled the month when I should have crossed $1000 a month on the site.

Then the algo update that saw so many writers see an increase in views happened…


Your Weekly Med Daily Newsletter

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Greetings!

Welcome to another edition of Med Weekly, the weekly newsletter for our community publication Med Daily.

I’m in computer hell

So my apologies to everyone who is waiting to get added as an Editor. I know I have some people who submitted requests at the end of December and I’m sure there have been some since the new year began, and I’m sorry I haven’t gotten to them yet.

However, I have three basically dead computers in the house. I’m currently typing on the last one that has half a screen available. I can’t get into the Apple Store until Monday (I had…


A look at the best writing tips and advice from Medium’s savviest writers for the week of January 5 to January 11.

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Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

Medium’s Algo Update Killed My Back Catalog

The one thing the new pay method did for me was make my back catalog of articles a lot more profitable. On days I didn’t write on this account I could still make $5 off of all of my old articles.

Things were great and while progress was slow, I still regularly made progress and I had circled the month when I should have crossed $1000 a month on the site.

I’ve always said writing for Medium was a total mindfuck and well, that hasn’t changed. Once they updated the new homepage to showcase more writing from writers you follow…


A look at the best writing advice from Medium’s savviest writers for the week of Dec. 22 to Dec. 28.

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Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash

Ending 2019 With A Whimper

Okay, that might not be fair, but I’m definitely not ending it with a bang.

A drop in holiday views, rate per hour and an algorithm update that seems to have killed this account that I’ve worked so hard to build.

My back catalog now earns virtually nothing since Medium updated that homepage and even when I post on this account I’m lucky to make a few dollars because the combination of a drop in views and the lower hourly rate (one hour of read time used to equal $2 now not so much) has killed my earnings.

On the…


Curation Jail: The Series

The views are there for the taking, you just have to be more strategic about how you get them.

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This is the second article in my series on how to succeed on Medium while in Curation Jail. While there are other ways to use Medium to earn income the Medium Partner Program (MPP) is the gold standard since all it requires you to do is publish consistently.

However, when you’re in Curation Jail and cut off from most avenues to get your work promoted internally through Medium’s ecosystem earning decent money from the MPP is difficult, and can feel downright impossible.

In this article, I will discuss how you can still earn decent money with the Medium Partner Program…

T.S. Johnson

Writer. Editor. Professional Smartass.

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