Writing

How Moving From Medium To Substack Impacted My Writing

It keeps me up at night.

Lea Bardot
Write A Catalyst
Published in
3 min readJun 4, 2024

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I just hit over 350 subscribers on Substack in my first month.

But that’s not what’s stressing me out. And it’s not what I want to focus on today.

On Medium, I used to blend in this giant ocean of writing. I would get thousands of views sometimes. And sometimes, well, not so much.

On Medium nobody (well, almost nobody) pays directly for my ramblings. It’s a free playground. I can try out different styles and figure out my voice without worrying about money.

Things are very different on Substack. I’m not only surrounded by all these other amazing writers (like on Medium). But there’s actually a small group of people who decided to pay for my stuff (what?!).

It’s just two people, for now. But those two have flipped a switch in my brain.

Suddenly, that blank page looks terrifying. Every sentence feels like it needs to be a masterpiece. Because now, someone’s spending their hard-earned cash on this.

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Lea Bardot
Write A Catalyst

Lea, 35, mindful, non-alcoholic. I write about how I’m slowly escaping my 9-5 by growing my online writing business. I’ve written about quitting alcohol too.