For the last three months, I have participated in the Medium Partner Program (MPP). During that time, I have received about $1,500 for my locked poems. That is more than I have ever earned by writing in my life.
As a retired person living on Social Security, that equals about one month of my normal income. The money has been both unexpected and helpful. I truly thank both Medium and my readers.
But, as of January, I will no longer participate in the MPP. There are two main reasons why it is not for me.
The first is that I simply don’t understand how it works, Medium has decided that must remain shrouded in mystery. All I can say from my own experience is that to succeed with the MPP, it is necessary to deluge Medium with locked posts. Even then there is no consistency to the results. I once received $100 for one clap on an old poem. This month that same poem received many claps and has earned nineteen cents.
The second reason derives from the first. Unlike prose, poetry cannot be reduced to a formula and mass produced. It happens in its own time. Forcing it is a sure guarantee of diminishing its quality. I don’t want to do that and I won’t.
This is not a criticism of the MPP in general or those who choose to participate. I understand the ego stroking of being paid for writing and that many really need the money. It’s just not for me.
Also, in 2017, I have published many hundreds of poems on Medium. (See my profile.) My brain needs a time out. So this is my last original post prior to January.
After that, I will revert to asking for PayPal donations (as shown below*).
It feels better for me if people voluntarily donate because they choose; less like I am selling widgets.
To all those who have donated through PayPal in the past, my heartfelt thanks. To those who may do so in the future, thanks in advance.
I am grateful to Medium for providing me with a platform for my work. I am even more grateful to all the readers who have provided me with encouragement and insight.
In the interim, I will continue to publish pieces submitted to Other Voices. Please feel free to continue to send me your work. I promise to post it quickly.
So, to all a Merry (fill in the blank) and a Happy New Year. See you back here in January.
*If you like this piece, and can afford it, please consider donating.
I do not participate in the Medium Partner Program. If you like my work, this is how you can show it. Thanks.