Why I Don’t Care How Much Money I Make on Medium

Don’t sacrifice your creativity for money.

Leah Njoki
Jan 15 · 7 min read

I don’t need tons of money to be happy.

This article seeks to explain why I no longer care about how much I make on Medium so let’s start here. It’s straightforward. It’ll make you gasp. I’ve got everything I need. Simple. And guess what, if you’re reading this, you do too.
Let’s experiment, shall we?

Why is the drum of making money on Medium played so much?

Simple. Because for many of us, money is a metric to gauge success. But is it? Should it be? Only you can answer that. My take is that money is the wrong metric. Let me explain.

I don't want to fit my ideas in a box.

To make money on Medium, your pieces need to be curated. You need to submit to publications. This means you need to write a certain way and meet specific requirements. Nothing wrong with that. We’ve got to have rules, right? There’s only one small problem.

I write for one person.

When I wrote my first article, I didn’t give a hoot about claps, followers, or the dollar. I wanted one thing and one thing only, for one person to read my post. That’s it. On a deeper level, I aimed for the self-pride I’d achieve when I finished putting together a string of words to create something beautiful.

The making-money-on-medium is a bandwagon I’ve no intention of joining.

George Ziogas recently wrote, “Why bragging about your online success isn’t helping me.” I was nodding and smiling ear to ear. Boy, did it hit home! It appears as if we creators and artists are getting sidetracked. We’ve shifted focus from letting our creativity run wild to manipulating our creations to a “money-worthy, viral-looking way.”

In so doing, we’re doing ourselves a great disservice. We’re strangling our creative process. We’re putting roadblocks in our minds. We’re running a marathon chasing the moolah while our talents and uniqueness run down the drain. Be careful not to fall into this trap. Focus guys! Focus!

I’ll don’t want money to dictate how much fun I’ll get from writing.

One thing I’m crystal clear about is this: I’ll write till I’m 80 with my saggy breasts touching the knees. (Though I highly doubt I’ll be pitching Medium publications when I’m 80) I’ll write even when my old hands turn into leather. I’ll write when my face is wrinkly, my body frail, and I’m walking on a stick.

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Dreamer&Fitness Enthusiast | Writer on Love, Relationships & Self-Improvement| Featured on The Good Men Project, Thought Catalog, Ladders|Blog: ownyourspark.com

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