Clickbait Articles are the Kardashians of Medium

Let’s resist the urge and stop the dumbing-down of Medium

Cindy Shapiro
Age of Awareness

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can’t tell you how many times I have fallen for a ridiculous clickbait article on Medium. It irritates me every time I fall for it.

First, it’s the title. Something like, “ I wrote every day for four weeks straight. Here’s what happened.”

Or: “ I made $10,000 in one month on Medium.”

Or even: “ I got boosted six times in one month. Here’s how I did it.”

And like a sucker, I continue to fall for it. And I know I’m not alone — there’s a reason why there’s so many claps at the bottom.

Here’s the thing: more power to these people if they are actually sharing good tips for writers AND making money. Kudos to them!

However, if you actually start reading some of these articles, you begin to realize that the quality is utter garbage. Most of them don’t have helpful solutions for writers. No. They are merely a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

What these writers have gained is your attention, much like Kim Kardashian, always preening and posing — absolutely no substance, always for sale. What you have lost is your valuable time.

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Cindy Shapiro
Age of Awareness

Cindy Shapiro is long-time teacher living in Colorado. As a writer, she aims to elevate teachers’ voices and provide insight on issues in education.