Six Common Ways Readers Interact With Writers on Medium

What is the deeper meaning of it all?

Dr. Ava Pommerenk
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)

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I have been a self-help writer on Medium since mid 2018.

In that time, I have had some weird experiences with my readership. Granted, most of these interactions have been extremely positive, so I cannot complain. However, I am fascinated by the themes I have seen arise through the criticisms I and other writers have received over the years through our direct messages and comments.

I write this to encourage us all to reflect on what we are doing here on this platform.

Now, on to my descriptions of these six experiences!

  1. Articles we writers published two years ago no longer reflect how we think and feel now, yet readers expect our perceptions and ideas to remain the same throughout time. If we contradict our self between messages in articles, they somehow assume we are lacking integrity. As writers we are allowed to change our perspectives. In fact, if we never change what we share and the nuances therein, I would venture to say we are not growing.
  2. Whenever we write anything about accountability, people seem to get very angry. Some may even call us a Nazi or accuse us of victim blaming, even if we took the time to verify that victimization and oppression are real…

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Dr. Ava Pommerenk
An Idea (by Ingenious Piece)

Coach. Psychologist. Writing about new perspectives, love, relationships, Narcissism, healing, transformation, & culture. www.avapommerenkphd.com