Medium Has Been Good to Me This Week
Singing the praises of older folk
Coming up to my one year anniversary on Medium, I had already started to look at my stats to see if there was any particular pattern emerging which would indicate what topics seemed to do better.
I have written about two of my stories that earned absolutely nothing.
One of them has now earned 7c. Not enough to make me jump for joy, but I think it was a useful exercise nevertheless.
I didn’t really discover a trend in my more successful stories. I suppose the main issue is that I write about a lot of different topics. Some of my humorous stories have done quite well and some of my poetry, but nothing had stood out particularly until this week.
A story I wrote advising older women to prepare for the likelihood of having to live alone has certainly struck a chord. Nothing I have written previously got any more than 200 views, but this one has reached 1k and is still rising.
At the same time, I noticed that my followers have increased to more than 1k. There must be a significance to 1k. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if payment also aligned with that number? No chance of that I fear.
What can we deduce from this?
There is definitely a relatively untapped audience of older people on Medium, the grey hair brigade, the retirees who are interested in reading about things relevant to their world. A number of publications cater for the older age group including Crows Feet, which is where I published my successful story. I am aware of a new publication touting for writers called Boomerang and I am sure there are others.
With more time on their hands, a lifetime of experience and new computer literacy, older folk have a lot to offer.
Can we turn around society to a place where we listen to our elders again and acknowledge they have a useful role?
Let’s stop hiding our elderly away and integrate them into a multicultural, multi-age mix.
We want to hear your voices. You have been side-lined for too long.
What stories you have to tell! Let’s hear about your childhood, your relationships, your mistakes, your successes.
Put on your glad-rags and open the door. Come and join the new street party!