How I got average 200k monthly views on Medium

This came as a total surprise.

My Medium stats (As of 2019, January)

I never expected so many smart people to read my articles. At the time when I started blogging — I was happy enough to let [at that time] my girlfriend read my articles. I never sent her the link, but she managed to read them anyway. I thought it was cute.

Times have moved on, and the audience has grown. With great audience comes great responsibility and scrutiny. I’ve been writing consistently for about 2 years and this is what I’ve learned.

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So here’s my giving back to you. My mission has always been to share as much knowledge as possible. I believe in no tricks and shortcuts; only in hard work and becoming the best as you can.

So without further ado, here are some of my personal habits to keep writing articles people enjoy reading;

Assume your audience is smarter than you

It’s true. I’m not the smartest person in the room. But before you close this tab, let me explain why I’m not the smartest person in the room.

I’m aware of what I know, and I’m aware of what I don’t know; I’ve met some extraordinarily smart people in my life, I’m thankful for this. Unfortunately, this is a two-sided blade. The smarter people you hang out with, the less dumb you feel. I’ve been hanging around with some of the smartest guys.

Put yourself in a situation where you can always nourish and flourish. Being in the teacher shoes should never discourage you from learning new stuff. It’s expected that at some point, the master becomes the student, and the student becomes the master.

Humility is key, keep your head low and your hunger for new information high.

Me taking a cheerful selfi

Persistence, Persistence, Persistence!

Nothing great will happen if you won’t stick to it. There are people who train martial arts from pre-teens to late senior years. That is true dedication to the art.

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How many have you started doing something and realized you were terrible at it and quit right after?

Everyone starts at the same point and has the same feelings and questions.

“Is this for me?”

Sure, you might find it hard, that’s perfectly sane and reasonable. Quitting is not. Never give up on your dreams and goals. If your dream is to have a big audience reading your articles — so be it. But you got to but the effort, sweat and, work in.

I have a habit of minimum one article per month and if I can — one article per week. This habit keeps the consistency in check on my terms.

Love what you do with passion burning in your heart

I love it so much when people come to me saying how useful and how much my article helped them. I find that extremely rewarding and satisfying. Thank you, everyone, for the kind words!

Writing has always been my passion. I guess I inherited it from my father, who is also a passionate novel writer.

Writing definitely helps me clear my mind, put my thoughts on paper and connect with people around the globe.

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Pick topics which interest you the most but also have a broader audience

Picking topics are tricky — pick something too niche and not many people will read and pick something too specific and many people have written about it already.

Finding the balance is key, and I believe passion is the most important ingredient.

If you’d like to write about coding, I’d recommend building a couple of apps and putting some experience under the belt. This way you can be sure you feel confident on what you’re writing about and make it fun.

Readers are only interested in interesting and useful content. It’s your job to find out which content and how to make it sound interesting.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you succeed! I hope you found this article useful.

If you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to discuss on Twitter.

Here are some of my previous article you might enjoy;

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