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My First Month “Medium-ing” Made Me $20

It’s more than I expected

I seriously began Medium-ing on December 1st 2017. I had only recently found out about making some side money on Medium.

Though I had used the platform many times to write for publications like The Billfold, The Stories, and The Lily… I hadn’t considered other ways of writing for the site.

I didn’t think I would be successful or get any views at all. The Lily posted an essay I wrote about my family in Puerto Rico after the hurricane on December 1st. And then the next day I posted about how I use anime to get past difficult times as a freelancer. I locked that post under the membership program and received around five views.

I spent that weekend doing research about how to make sure that I would find ways to draw in more viewers.

I luckily eventually found The Post-Grad Survival Guide and The Writing Cooperative and saw that I could contribute to either (if you don’t follow either… you should start doing so). I also saw that I would be able to receive money for locking posts on The Writing Cooperative.

So I began contributing. And also reading dozens of posts on each publication every week. It lead to several posts, four of which made me money. I only really expected to make around five to 10 dollars in December. So making $20 is a huge improvement.

I can buy more than five metrocard swipes for the subway here in NYC. I can buy snacks. $20 dollars is a lot of chicken nuggets. It’s also milk and platanos and yucca for the week. Or I can use it to pay off my credit card since I have to schedule a payment soon. That and I could really go for some Colombian food right now.

But more importantly, I’ll be using the fact that I was able to bring in $20 during my first month of serious “Medium-ing” to continue writing and scheduling new posts. I already have a piece up about using Facebook for freelance writing that’s received more views than I expected.

Seeing that shows me that I’m going in the right direction. When I started last month I had around 150 followers. I now have close to 300. And though that’s nothing compared to a lot of the writers I follow here on the site, it’s more growth than I thought I’d see during my first month.

I plan on making around $40 this month if possible.

I know I’ll have all of the writers I follow to motivate me whenever I feel overwhelmed. So if you’re new to all this… hang in there, I’ll be grinding along with you.


I write about personal finance, freelancing, culture, food, and NYC. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram for more.

If you’d like to learn more about why you should keep your ideas for later, even your shitty ideas… check out this post.

Learn more about how to use Facebook for journalism and freelance writing in this post.

The Post-Grad Survival Guide

We're confused twenty-somethings, but we know the 9–5 isn't for us. Tips on blogging, freelancing, and building your side hustle. A good bit of life lessons and travel tips thrown in, too. Living life on our own terms.

Angely Mercado

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Native NYer. Freelance writer in The Lily, NPR, Lenny Letter, BK Based, Edible Manhattan. I write therefore I am. Hire me amercado92@gmail.com

The Post-Grad Survival Guide

We're confused twenty-somethings, but we know the 9–5 isn't for us. Tips on blogging, freelancing, and building your side hustle. A good bit of life lessons and travel tips thrown in, too. Living life on our own terms.