An Open Letter to NEW Medium Writers

Here’s what I wish someone had told me when I was starting out on the platform!

Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
ILLUMINATION-Curated
9 min readJun 6, 2023

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There are lots of new voices on Medium — writers who have just discovered the platform and are trying it out for the first time.

In many ways, I envy you. I’m sure you’re eagerly looking forward to the recognition and compensation you hope to receive in the near future. You’re anxious to see your name in print — to have that cherished byline.

During my first few months on Medium, I was also excited.

I also looked forward to building an audience and being compensated when I wrote something that was popular and well-received.

That was four years ago — back in 2019.

At last count, I have about 140 articles on the platform, so compared to those who pump out an article a day (or more), I’ve not been what you would call a prolific author. I simply wrote when I had something to say. I never entertained the idea of self-imposed quotas, minimum word counts, or other quantity-based writing goals.

But that’s me.

Other writers preach the advantages of maintaining a constant flow of new articles. They promote the importance of frequency as the…

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Roger A. Reid, Ph.D.
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Author of “Better Mondays”|Host of Success Point 360 Podcast|Tips & strategies on personal development-work-productivity-careers-life | https://RogerReid.com