Is Curation All That It is Cracked Up to Be?
Or do you just enjoy being stressed out?
To be perfectly honest I didn’t even know what being curated meant when I first joined the Medium Partner Program. I was even curated a number of times before I realized that I was curated. I simply focused on writing, procuring some followers and being accepted into publications and never gave curation a second thought.
I never worried about being curated and I still don’t.
I never could figure out how curation worked and I even wrote an article about curation, The Mystery of Curation, which by the way was not curated. It actually did quite well despite not being curated or featured. It also felt very good writing about my frustrations with curation. I never worried about being curated and I still don’t. I realize that some writers will think this is akin to being an atheist, but that’s how I feel.
I began to wonder why I also wasn’t stressing out about being curated.
I belong to a number of Medium Facebook groups where writers can share their articles, their questions, their ups and downs and overall support each other. One topic that seemed to dominate each of the groups was that of curation. I was amazed at how many people were obsessing about not being curated and were seeking help on how to be curated. Even people who had just joined Medium were obsessing about curation before they knew what it was. I began to wonder why I also wasn’t stressing out about being curated. So I looked a the stats from all of the stories I had published.
Only one story that I published under my own publication was curated.
When I studied my stats I was surprised to see that more of my stories had been curated than I had expected. What was even more surprising was that the more successful stories, in terms of views and claps, were not curated, while the least successful stories were curated! I also noticed that the stories that were curated had been submitted to and published by publications. Only one story that I published under my own publication was curated. I’m not really surprised at that though.
Too bad that I couldn’t have earned any money from them,
Of the most successful curated stories it was interesting to see that more than 97% of the views received came from external sources and not Medium. So apparently with these stories curation did not drive much traffic from within Medium. Too bad that I couldn’t have earned any money from them, but I did get satisfaction from knowing that many people at least noticed them.
I don’t write for a living and I don’t expect to earn an income from my writing.
Since joining Medium I had never written anything with the goal of having it curated and I still don’t write for that goal in mind. To me writing for curation is writing for a select few, instead of writing for myself and my followers. The fact that an article was curated or not means nothing to me in regards to how I feel about myself and my writing. It doesn’t appear, at least in my case, to affect my earnings or readership. I can, however, appreciate how so many people stress out over curation. As I have said many times before, I don’t write for a living and I don’t expect to earn an income from my writing. For those that do write for a living I respect your perseverance and motivation and desire to be curated. For you I guess it’s a necessity. For people like me getting stressed out about curation doesn’t accomplish anything. I’m just going to stay calm and keep writing.
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