Your Medium profile is something readers will eventually take a look at.
And so you want to make sure it looks the best it possibly can!
This part isn’t difficult. Medium doesn’t actually have a lot of options when it comes to your profile, surprisingly enough. You can’t exactly design it to your liking. You can’t give it a splashy appearance of many different colors.
But there are a few places you can stand out from the crowd, and here are four of them…
1. Your name.
This one you might never put a second’s thought into, but did you know you can call yourself basically anything you want on Medium (within reason, of course)? You can and probably should just put in your first and last name, but you can give yourself a pseudonym, or you can add something after the name.
If there’s something you want to change about your name on Medium, go for it! It’s probably easiest to make your decision as you’re first building your profile and not six months after you’ve been writing for Medium, but the option is there.
2. Your description.
This is the big one that you should take the time to think about. Don’t just put something generic here. Put something that pops off the page, put something that screams you!
Don’t just put that you’re a writer. Give us your qualifications, write a sentence or two that highlights your personality, give us a bit of humor maybe that will make your readers smile.
Whatever you do, keep it short. It’s best not to go on and on in your description, but it doesn’t have to be five words either. Try a few different kinds of description, and feel free to change it every few months to keep your profile fresh.
3. Your image.
You can use pretty much anything you want as your image (again, within reason!). Many Medium writers use an image of themselves, and that’s probably recommended. It’s nice I think for your readers to get a small glimpse into what you look like.
But I’ve also seen Medium writers use illustrations, and photos of things that are not themselves. I think, again, you should go with what you feel comfortable with. Give us an image that shows off your personality, and change it up here and there, especially if the photo is severely outdated.
4. Your featured Medium story.
One more thing you have a say in is which of your Medium story gets featured at the top of your profile. It can be any story you want. You can use your most popular story, or a story you want to be more popular. You can use your most recent story, or you can use a story you published a year ago!
What’s most important, again, is that you eventually do change your Featured story on occasion. I would say to change it up at least once a month. And highlight exceptional work you’ve published to Medium that you’re especially proud of.
Your profile is super important on Medium, don’t forget that!
I don’t know about you, but any writer I discover on Medium I always click over to the profile to read a little more about him or her. So make sure your profile represents you!
Keep working hard in your writing every day on Medium so you gather more followers (which are displayed at the top of your profile) and create a publication (which is also displayed) and be named Top Writer in different categories (which are always displayed!).
Just keep doing your best, keep writing and publishing awesome work, and don’t forget to check in on your profile page once in awhile to make sure it shines its brightest.
Brian Rowe is an author, teacher, book devotee, and film fanatic. He received his MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his BA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He writes young adult and middle grade suspense novels, and is represented by Kortney Price of the Corvisiero Agency. You can read more of his work at his website, brianrowebooks.com.