Why I Love it When My Story is Curated
And why I hate it when my story is not
As a writer, is there any better feeling than when a reader responds with a note of encouragement that your piece resonated with them?
Over the years, I’ve had a number of blogs — each one tailored to a specific topic. I still host a few of them but it got too unwieldy to try and write for more than three blogs.
The three I have remaining are my:
Books for Book Lovers blog where I feature books for the Christian audience. It’s relatively easy to manage because authors fill out a form and send me the content.
Author Resources for Success blog started out strong with postings on a variety of topics of interest for writers. When I learned of a service/product that I thought would be beneficial to authors, I would post it here. Although still up and running, it’s not as active as it was when I originally designed it.
Fitness & faith blog has been going strong for years, although it has received a number of face-lifts. Most recently, I merged it with my website to house everything together in one location.
I’ve been actively writing on the world wide web for many many years.
But nothing has given me as much satisfaction as writing on Medium.
On my book lovers blog, I usually receive a comment from the author thanking me for featuring their book. And on my author blog, I seldom receive comments but will get a “blogger likes this” notification.
My own faith and fitness blog has been as hot and cold as my own hot-flashes. I’ve had seasons of great feedback and lots of comments but also seasons of crickets.
Which leads me to Medium
Janis Cox invited me to join and I finally succumbed to her pleas in January 2019. Truthfully, I didn’t want to start writing on another platform as I felt that 3 blogs was more than enough. But Jan is very convincing and I am pleased as punch that she is!
I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve ever done for my writer self-esteem.
You see, crickets are de-motivating. Lots of work, with little reward, makes Kimberley a dull girl.
In writing for Medium, I receive instant gratification in the form of claps. Claps are like “likes” on Facebook but you can get up to 50 claps per reader!
On top of claps, there are highlights. Readers can highlight a word, sentence or paragraph that they like.
But that’s not all! There’s also comments. Comments on what they’ve read and/or comments on your whole post.
It’s a cornucopia of encouragement!
Receiving such instant feedback is beautifully gratifying. It makes me want to write more.
People are reading me! People are resonating! People are responding!
Which leads me to curation
I have a love-hate relationship with Curators.
I love when they curate a piece.
Basically, this means that someone working as a curator liked my article enough to decide it worthy to be shared with others. They distribute it through one or more topics on the platform and may even include it in a daily digest email.
I hate when they don’t curate a piece.
It leaves me asking questions. Does this mean that someone working as a curator disliked my article enough to decide it unworthy to be shared with others? Does this mean my story is sub-standard? When one piece is curated but the next day another piece (which I deem as good as or maybe even better) isn’t, it leaves me feeling deflated.
It can be a real roller-coaster ride of emotions.
As a child, I hated roller-coasters. But then I tried the SkyRider — the first stand-up roller-coaster in Canada. I felt safer with the straps coming over my shoulders (instead of a tiny rope at my waist) holding me in and enjoyed the thrill of the ride.
So taking this analogy a step further, I have decided to enjoy the ride of emotions that curation offers. Well, maybe not enjoy it, but at the very least endure it with a smile.
I will celebrate with a smile when my pieces are curated and I will shrug my shoulders with a smile when my pieces aren’t.
And regardless of either, I will keep writing on Medium.
Kimberley Payne’s writing relates raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire women to live healthier lives that glorify God.