Help Readers and Writers By Highlighting Articles

Give Feedback To Writers. Prompt Readers Thoughts

Sarah Nderi
Sep 26 · 2 min read

When I started reading on Medium, I loved highlighting and clapping. I wasn’t a stingy clapper or a stingy highlighter. I gave 50 claps to great articles and highlighted away because why not?

Claps and highlights are our way of engaging with the author. Sometimes they show how we gauge the author’s writing.

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First, who gives one clap. Sometimes I can’t help but think they never read the article at all because 1 clap? I have read that the more a writer claps for an article, the less an article will earn from that writer.

This is a valid reason as a writer’s $5 will be distributed across all the articles they clap on. However, if you’re like me, you will most likely read an article with 1K claps than one with 20 claps. Unless the article with 20 claps is on your reader based on people who follow.

So, the number of claps do matter.

Based on highlights, a writer can receive feedback on their thought process. We writers spend time weaving together ideas and if you highlight these nuggets, it makes us happy.

I have seen writers highlight nuggets they’d want the reader to take notice of. Highlighting also gives reader feedback as they see a piece of them and subconsciously highlight.

I did not realize this until I read Nicole Akers book. If your article has been highlighted been the end, it impacts how your read ratio is counted and therefore your fans. you want to have a high read ratio and high number of fans.

You want your favourite writer to have the same.


I’m not keen on stats as much because I write an average of three times a week which I feel doesn’t compare to three times a day, which is the number of times prolific Medium writers work with. However, my Medium earnings allow me to supplement my income and save for my goals or buy a new dress.


Sarah Nderi is an author, data analyst, fashion enthusiast, a lover of Korean drama and comedy. She received her BSc Economics and Statistics at Egerton University and lives in Nairobi, Kenya. You can find her work at MumsVillage and at her site, NderiSarah.

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Kenyan. BSc Economics and Statistics. Writer, Published by MumsVillage Kenya. Blogger at WP, Exploring Medium. Find me at nderisarah.com

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