4 on Writing and 1 Hate Read

My top 5 posts of 2019, and a thank you

Linda Caroll
Jan 2 · 3 min read

This morning I read a couple of ‘best of’ posts and then went for a 2 hour walk in the woods. I always spend New Year’s Day in the woods. I came back with curiosity in my pocket.

The results surprised me, because I don’t tend to look into stats nearly as often as I probably should.

This one sat in my drafts forever. I wondered if I’d run too far down the rabbit hole. And then one day I said screw it, let’s do it. Thank you for loving it. ❤
Claps: 2.6K — Curated: Yes


When Medium changed the pay model, I thought hot damn, we need to be building lists. So I went digging for free providers, no strings. Tada. #2.
Claps: 2.1K — Curated: Yes


Writing more doesn’t help if the writing is bad. Or weak. So I made a list of tips that are blunt enough to be helpful without being offensive. It worked.
Claps: 1.8K — Curated: Yes


It started at 10 mins, but I edited down to 7 mins. I couldn’t edit more than that. I tend to write 4–5 mins, so it was nice to see a longer one make top 5.
Claps: 1.7K — Curated: Yes


This is not the hate read that’s earned me the most — that would be this one. But it did make top 5 for popularity. Nice to see a feminist post in the top 5.
Claps: 1.3K — Curated: Yes


#1 Most reads of all time…

This was not from 2019, so I didn’t include it in the top 5. But it’s my best story of all time — and it wasn’t even curated.
Views: 34K | Reads 21K | Curated: No


Thank you!

Writers write because we must. Because when we don’t write for too long, the crazy sets in. Having it be well received sure makes it worth the opening of the veins. Thank you for every minute you spent reading my work in 2019.


If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad — Lord Byron

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