You are probably all sick of the posts that have been published about the new MPP.
No one can say with any certainty what is going to happen, to their income. The most we can do is wait until the end of the month and then re-evaluate.
This, however, is not going to be one of those articles. Instead, I want to talk about how the new system, has altered the Medium experience for me, as a reader.
Writers to Admire
For as long as I have been a member of Medium, I have enjoyed the reading aspect as much as the writing. I started as a reader, for many months, before I took the plunge and published my first article.
Over my time as a reader on Medium, I have learnt so much. I started reading writing guides. Tom Kuegler was the first person I read consistently. I have read over 80% of his articles and still read everything he writes.
My tastes have evolved and I now have a collection of writers who I look forward to reading. Most have become friends and all are generous with their advice and support. A few of my favourites who I would advise you check out:
Elle Fredine — her stories are so engaging, I only pray she writes a full-length novel one day.
Selma — I love her honesty in her articles. Her personality shines through in everything she writes
Zulie Rane — what she doesn’t know about Medium and writing, isn’t worth knowing
Zita Fontaine — writes on a range of subjects, no matter what the subject, her voice shines through.
Shannon Ashley — you never know what you are getting with her posts they constantly engage me. As a writer, she is one of the most supportive and generous people with her advice. Although she has been labelled as a personal interest writer, she writes so much more.
I could go on forever and I have missed out many others I love.
The Old System Encouraged Skim Reading
Despite the quality of posts, I have mentioned above, the majority of my reading was skim reading.
Generally, I read at a ferocious pace anyway. My record is 150 novels in a year. On holiday I can read a book a day.
With income being reliant on claps, I used to read the post at my normal speed. This is okay with fiction work, but I didn’t take all the information in for every post I read. I know this for a fact as I have re-read some articles and still gained insight from them.
There were times during reading I was more worried about how many claps to give than the content.
The new reader in me.
Since the changes, I am conscious I need to spend longer on the posts. I have too much respect for the authors on here, to short change them for a minute of my time.
I also don’t need to worry about claps, because most people get the full quota.
I am not great at adding comments, so taking my time and clapping is the least I can do for such great writing.
That’s the best part of Medium
The quality of the writing on this site is insane. Whether you enjoy tech articles or fiction there is always something amazing to read.
As writers, we have many complaints, but as a reader, I don’t have any, the quality is that high.
I have had other random thoughts about the new system over the last week.
What effect do I have on people’s read calculations, as often I open an article to bookmark it for later?
The other day I was halfway through a post and was called away for a milk top-up from the toddler. I’m sorry if it was your article, I must have thrown the read time right out.
If writers have a long biography and call to action, at the end of the post, does this count as reading time? If it does a shorter biography would be an advantage.
How the hell does Medium know whether I am reading or have the article open? Are they spying on me?
I mentioned this to my partner that I wondered if we were being spied on by these apps. She laughed, so did Alexa and Siri.
It’s an old joke, but it makes me smile.
The Next Month
Regardless of what happens over the next month and how our income changes, this will not alter the reader in me.
If I stop publishing on Medium and find another outlet for my writing, I will always be a reader here.
I am sure as the month progresses some of our questions will be answered. I fear there may be more questions than answers, though.
The one thing I know, only one week in is this, this is the last post I will publish on the subject of MPP. I am going to carry on writing the posts I enjoy and reading the writers I admire. What will be, will be.