I like getting lots of claps on my posts and I also like clapping some other writers’ stories. You can give 50 claps at most to each post on Medium. You don’t have to do tap, tap, tap, tap….or click, click, click, click…, 50 times on your devices when you want to give 50 claps. You can just keep pressing the ‘clap’ icon until the number of clap counter has change into the number of claps you want to give, although it makes you feel as if you were really clapping when you do tap, tap, tap, tap.
Your reader can give you 50 claps at most, so you can potentially get 100 claps even when you only have two readers. I think it is encouraging for writers, especially when you don’t have many readers.
As a reader, we can choose the number of claps between 1 to 50, or you can give none at all. So have you wondered on what kind of basis other readers clap?
In my case;
Most of the time when I am reading something on Medium, the decision whether I give more than one clap or none is made when I have read more than half of it. If I want to give some claps, I start pressing the ‘clap’ button when I am almost reaching the end of the story and release my finger from the button when I want to stop clapping. The number of my claps is quite random. I am not very decisive in terms of the number of claps. I have never thought, “OK, I am going to give 37 claps to this article” or “I will clap 11 times to this, not 12 times.” I cannot accurately explain the difference between my 28 claps and 29 claps.
On the other hand, if I want to give 50 claps to a post, I deliberately keep pressing the button until the number changes to 50.
That is how it works for me as a reader, then how about as a writer?
As a writer, I simply want to get as many claps as possible. Even when I know all of the claps are made by only one person, I am happy to have a lot of them.
Having said that, I am not always watching the number of claps for my writing from each reader. It may be because I am not always aware of the claps I give to other people’s writing. However, there are some specific numbers of claps which I am curious about.
One is ‘49’ claps. When somebody gave 49 claps to my post, it caught my attention. Why 49, not 50? What does it mean, that ‘minus one’?
Another one is just ‘1’ clap. I imagine that there are some Medium users who don’t know they can give multiple claps to each article. If they give a single clap every time they read, that is acceptable. I understand that they are ‘single-clappers.’
Apart from that, when somebody gave only one clap to a particular post, although they gave multiple claps to other posts, then that post must have been lower rated by them than other posts.
I can accept that they may not have liked the post, but why was it not ‘zero’ clap? Maybe they just want to leave their ‘footprint,’ meaning, “I have read your story!”
I have read some articles about Medium claps written in English. One writer said that she gives claps only to the writers who are paying as a Medium member. I didn’t care until I read that article whether it was a Medium member or a free user of Medium.
I couldn’t find that article anymore now, but if I remember correctly, she explained it like this; she won’t clap a post of free users because they are unlikely to read her articles even if she gave some claps to them because free users can only read three posts in a month. Even if they came back to read her articles and clapped, they couldn’t bring any money to her because they are free users.
I understand what she meant. It makes sense.
People can have different criteria, and for me, I cannot be that rigid like her. I think I will clap when I find it is well-written even if it was written by a free user (the number of clap time could be less though).
I read stories written in Japanese and Chinese, as well as English. Amongst Japanese users, the paywall is still very high and thick. I want more Japanese people to use Medium, so I clap or highlight, leave comments on any kind of article as long as I enjoy reading them, no matter whether the writer is paying for Medium or not. It’s just because I want to encourage them to write more.
HANA is a Japanese born writer who writes stories and poems in both English and Japanese. If you are an English reader, you can follow her English publications, ‘Etude of Creativity (poetry, haiku, fiction)’ and ‘Japanese Writer (blogs & essays)’ or on Twitter.
All stories written by HANA are here (a list in English).