March 2022 — Recommended Stories & Notes for Writers
Happenings — a monthly update for readers and writers of Koinonia Publication
A note from Julie
Here at Koinonia, we want to help you start your day off just right.
You know how I start my mornings? Well, after I pour a cup of coffee, I look at the Koinonia homepage where we now feature the daily Morning Devotion at the top all day long. I read that before I study the Bible and my current devotional book.
I highly recommend these crisp nuggets of morning encouragement!
This newsletter includes publication statistics for the month of March; recommended reading; tips for writers; and concluding remarks.
As of March 31, 2022, we have had 437 writers join our publication! We also added three new editors who will help our writers make their pieces great and get them published on our Medium platform. Let’s welcome Diane E. Tatum, Berthran Benaiah, and Joanne Creary to our editing team!
Out of the 27 posting days of March, we published 180 stories with an average of 6.7 per day.
Special Note — Readership is down across Medium, and this often true of the month of March. Don’t be discouraged!
Our March Scripture Prompt was Ephesians 5:21
Here’s a glimpse of how this verse spoke to our writers:
We’ll no longer announce the prompt in this newsletter. Writers should visit the Koinonia homepage and the Koinonia Writer’s private group on Facebook for monthly prompt updates. Here’s the link for April Prompt verse and the style requirements — https://medium.com/me/stats/post/e5889f43dff0
In our private Facebook group for Koinonia writers, our writers link to their own stories and favorites written by others. Here are some highlights from March’s weekly story-share:
Writers are having a GREAT time in our private Facebook group sharing their work and interacting with other Christian writers. If you’re a writer for Koinonia on Medium and not yet a member of our private Facebook group called Koinonia Medium Publication Writers, you’re missing out! Meet other writers and gain followers, fans, and friends.
If you want your writing featured in our monthly Newsletter, you should participate in this private group or write a post focused on the monthly Scripture Prompt (find the Scripture Prompt post on the Koinonia home page).
Writer-promoted short-form (150 words or fewer)
Our writers are prolific. If you love what you read from these lists, click their profiles and read some more!
Writing/Medium Tips (offered in our private Facebook group)
In March, we had conversations about writing good headlines, how many other publications our writers contribute to, posting content to Medium after you published it online elsewhere (like your website). One writer asked about good podcasting platforms. Another Koinonia writer is testing out the “Listen” feature that now appears at the top of our stories.
Here’s a question to answer in the comment section: What time of day is best for your writing habit? (Submitted by Terry R Blankenship)
Do you know what a “pretty link” is? It’s the story link box that displays your title and graphic in a rectangle. It looks so much better than just a boring link. Add one by clicking the plus + sign at the left of a blank line and choose the < > feature to embed your link on the line. Sometimes, it happens magically without performing this step. Magic on Medium is usually good stuff.
See what you’re missing? Enjoy these conversations and learning opportunities as a member of our private Facebook group, Koinonia Medium Publication Writers. Again, this is for Koinonia writers only.
MORNING DEVOTIONS: We welcome Morning Devotions as single submissions and short series (2–3 posts). We are currently scheduling submissions about one week out, so you must briefly wait to see your post(s) appear. Please keep submitting! Submission Guidelines for Morning Devotions
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little round-up of what’s happening at Koinonia. If you have not yet liked our Koinonia Facebook Page, please like it today. This is where we post our published stories and then you can share them with your friends on social media.
Blessings and Peace,