I didn’t Make $3600 Last Month on Medium…
And I don’t care.
Every Wednesday the Medium Partnership Program announces the earnings of its members for the week. And inevitably within the next few hours or the next day, people publish an article on how much money they made. A majority of these articles announce to the world that their authors earned a modest amount of money. A few, even staggering amounts. Good for those writers. I’m happy for them.
Medium also sends out an email with the breakdown of all earnings for the time frame. Here one can see there are a few who earn thousands of dollars a week, but the vast majority of writers earn considerably less than $100 a month. I am one of that illustrious group and I am very happy belonging. As long as I earn the $5.00 to cover my membership cost I am quite satisfied. But I don’t speak for everyone.
I am on this platform because I like to share my thoughts and opinions on things I am passionate about. Sometimes I just like to bitch about something. And sometimes I want to share my life experiences. I also like to read about what other people may think or have experienced, which may be of interest to me. I enjoy the fact that I can write here and get paid for it. It’s quite a change from writing my blogs and earning about $50 in 6 years!
On the days the Medium earnings are made public, Facebook Medium groups abound with posts from writers, mainly, but not always newbies, who have made modest amounts of money and are proud of the fact. Most are motivated to try harder to increase their monthly earnings. However, many are disappointed and show a willingness to give up. This is very disconcerting.
It is important, in any field of endeavor, to have a goal to strive for, but it is just as important to be realistic. When I see writers exalting their good fortune, I have mixed feelings. I know they didn’t achieve those results by casually writing an article when they got the urge. They put a lot of hard work, sweat, and tears into what they have managed to publish. They spent hours doing what they love and probably aren’t receiving a decent hourly payback. But I know others are just looking at the money and asking “why can’t I do that”?.
First of all, I cannot think of any job I’ve ever had where I or my colleagues publically announced the details of our paychecks every time we got paid. Why do people need to publish an article about how much they earned, time and time again? Is it to pat themselves on the back, motivate others, or put others down? You never see the big money earners “toot their own horn” in this way.
As I have said before, I write what I want to write, and when I want to write. The fact that I can earn more money on Medium for writing whatever I want, than writing on my blogs is a big plus for me. I never expected to earn hundreds or thousands of dollars a month, nor did I intend to write all day and night trying to. I’m satisfied with having a few extra bucks in my pocket to buy a bottle of wine or visit Burger King once in a while. Unlike others here, I don’t need Medium earnings to provide for my family.
I’m realistic about what I am doing on Medium. Just as replacing the guts in my toilet tank does not make me a plumber or removing a splinter from my hand does not make me a surgeon, putting some words together to express myself does not make me a writer. I have a better chance of getting the big bucks by playing the lottery than I do writing on Medium. And that doesn’t bother me a bit.