February has been a short but sweet month with a range of exciting new writing published on Medium, including a tutorial on how to build your brand, commentary on classism and millennial-bashing, a reflection on the failure to create a billion-dollar company, and an examination of the age-old misrepresentation of Black Muslims.
We also re-launched the publication Human Parts, where Medium’s “Elevators” will be publishing reflections on what it means to be. Here are some highlights:
- “I wasn’t supposed to be a military wife,” writes Karie Fugett in “How the Iraq War Changed My Life Forever,” a moving essay about caring for her husband after he was injured by an IED in Iraq. The fallout from the injury, and her husband’s long road to recovery, tested their vows in ways neither of them anticipated.
- Writer Domingo Cullen chronicles the hypnotic, repetitive nature of internet-enabled distraction in “An Account of My Descent Into YouTube Addiction.” “We don’t feed the part of ourselves that needs quiet,” notes Cullin as he describes his slow descent into a world of nonstop stimulation.
- In “The Bar That Showed Me Who I Could Have Been,” novelist Nicole Peeler takes us back to a dead-end job in a sleepy Midwestern bar where, for just one summer, she was able to become someone else. It’s a refreshingly honest reflection on growing up.
To read more stories in Human Parts, head here.
Plus, check out “How Medium’s Curation, Distribution and Paywall Systems Work for Writers,” a holistic look at the system we’re building and the opportunities available for writers to make the most of distribution on Medium.
On 2/28, we processed February payments to your bank account. As usual, these payments were based on the depth of engagement from our members (distributing each member’s $5/month based on his or her applause, reading time, and overall engagement last month).
Based on member engagement from February:
- 57.3% of writers or publications who wrote at least one story for members earned money.
- 9% of active writers earned over $100.
- $8,597.53 was the most earned by a writer, and $3,509.62 was the most earned for a single story.
A jolt of inspiration
- According to Rainesford Stauffer in “The Constructive Power of Self-Doubt,” you don’t have to be sure of your own ability in order to jump into a new project. “Had I waited for my confidence to kick in,” Stauffer points out, “I wouldn’t have done anything.”
- Oscar season is over, but perhaps you still have a list of nominated films to get through. In “How to Watch a Movie Like a Film Critic,” Allie Volpe talks to film critics about getting the most out of your viewing experience. Why bother? As Shaunta Grimes explains in “25 Tips to Becoming a Writer,” watching movies attentively can inform your writing.
February’s special collections
- Reasonable Doubt was the last of our monthly magazines in their current form. Check out our new technology and science publication, OneZero.
- It can be encouraging to hear tell of a hard-fought journey to success. Our Day Job collection features interviews by writer by day / paramedic by night Mike Gardner, who speaks with celebrated authors like Nicole Dennis-Benn, Elizabeth Strout, Will Mackin, and Carmen Maria Machado about what they did to pay the bills in the early days of their writing (and beyond).
Day Job - Medium
Private investigator. Subway conductor. Building superintendent. In Medium's Day Job series, 12 accomplished authors…
- Brands aren’t built in a day. But not to worry — marketing expert Felicia C. Sullivan has published a smart step-by-step tutorial on brand development, “How to Build a Brand.”
How to Build a Brand - Medium
Leave the logos and lead magnets at home. Brand strategist Felicia C. Sullivan boils down 8 steps to building a…
- In last month’s newsletter, we mentioned Joint Accounts, our new weekly advice column covering the intersection of money and relationships. Have your own interpersonal financial concerns? Email email@example.com with questions.
Joint Accounts - Medium
A weekly advice column on finance and relationships from writer Kristin Wong, Joint Accounts answers your questions…
Updates on how to make your story eligible to earn money
Over the past few weeks, we have made some visual updates to the Partner Program publishing process. These are simply changes in the design — nothing has changed functionally in how your stories earn money through the Partner Program. We made these changes based on writer feedback for how to make the story settings more intuitive.
When you hit “Ready to publish?”, you’ll now see a checkbox that allows you to mark whether you’d like your story to be eligible to earn money and to be reviewed by a curator for recommendation to readers:
When you publish with the box checked, your story will immediately be eligible to start earning money based on member engagement.
As always, you’ll get your Friend Link, which you can use to give your fans and friends free access to your story. And you can change your earnings and distribution setting later on by visiting the “…” menu in the story editor.
If you want to check whether your story can earn money, visit the story. You’ll see a new box at the top of the page with information about earnings eligibility.
For more context on Medium’s curation and distribution system, check out the new 3 Minute Read from our VP of Product, Michael Sippey.
Again, nothing changes in terms of how stories published through the Partner Program earn money. If you have any questions, reach out to our team.
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