In March, we saw yet another month of compelling stories in the Partner Program.
You’re probably already familiar with editors Steph Georgopulos and Harris Sockel, who “elevate” thoughtful stories by platform writers every day. They’re also the editors of our publication for personal essays and perspectives, Human Parts, which includes many stories by writers in the Partner Program.
More recently, we launched OneZero, a new publication covering the future of technology and science. Senior editor Micah Singleton spends his days “elevating” the sharpest stories he finds on Medium into OneZero. Here are some of the best ones by Partner Program writers from the past month:
- “In Silicon Valley, few people find things like climate change important enough to talk about at length, and even fewer find it important enough to work on,” writes Gloria Liou in “This Is Silicon Valley,” a searing yet loving critique of the place she has always called home. It’s a uniquely intimate perspective on the social, political, and economic effects of the tech industry’s reign.
- In “The Relentless Misery of Working Inside an Amazon Warehouse,” former Amazon worker Cameron Brady-Turner writes, “I had been driven to work by the fear of losing my job for so long that I had forgotten how to let myself relax.” Brady-Turner looks back on his harrowing experience while analyzing the company’s subsequent strides in the marketplace.
- Since the Islamophobic shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, contributor Ben Maynard has wondered, “Is Social Media the New Smoking?” Comparing the negative personal and societal effects of smoking to (certain kinds of) social media use, Maynard argues that the government ought to apply the same regulatory spirit that brought the number of tobacco smokers down threefold to the Facebooks and Twitters of the world.
We’re accepting submissions for OneZero. If you’ve written a story you think would fit the publication, send a summary of your piece and a Medium link to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. We will read every entry, but may not be able to respond.
In our recent blog post “Medium Seeks Partners to Launch New Publications,” we announced our plan to significantly expand our partner relationships and put out a call for applications. As we continue to launch new publications and partner with editors, you may be wondering: How does this affect the Partner Program?
The Partner Program is thriving. And our new publications work in tandem with the Partner Program — we’re as excited and committed as ever to the Partner Program. As we launch new publications, we will feature more and more stories from Partner Program writers in these pubs. And if you already have a publication on Medium and would like to explore a business relationship, we’d love to talk.
We’ll share more updates on opportunities to get involved with the new publications in coming months.
On 3/27, we processed March 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).
Total payouts have increased as our subscriber base has grown. Last month, we paid out 168% of what we did just six months ago.
Based on member engagement from March:
- 55% of writers or publications who wrote at least one story for members earned money.
- 7.5% of active writers earned over $100.
- $9,707.36 was the most earned by a writer, and $3,702.39 was the most earned for a single story.
A jolt of inspiration
In “When You Attempt to Force an Outcome, the Universe Will Resist,” Brianna Wiest argues that trying super hard is not the answer. Instead, you must learn “how to show up, get out of your own head, and allow it to happen without your doubts and anxieties stopping you.”
Once the work is done, Wiest writes, “[t]here are things out of our control that sort of redirect us to outcomes greater than we would have initially chosen for ourselves.”
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