My First 3 Months on Medium
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Feeling a little lackluster since my last update.
Before I recap my first 3 months on Medium, check out my first month on Medium.
My first month on Medium was an adventure. I was extremely hopeful when I first signed up and despite my initial anxiousness over hitting ‘publish’ I was nonetheless excited. And extremely happy that I decided to just get started.
So how am I faring two months since my one-month update?
In my opinion, I am doing okay. So let’s jump in.
1. My Writing
I don’t want to be too repetitive, but since joining Medium on May 23rd of this year, I have written mostly book reviews and written about topics such as life lessons and productivity.
Before my first month was up, I began to realize that articles about money and Medium performed much better. I still think this is true two months later.
Since writing about my first month on Medium, I do feel I have lost a little bit of that community I initially found. I blame myself for that though. The amount of other writers and articles I interact with has severely declined.
As the Read for Read (R4R group I joined started by Indigo) grows, I find my own readership slowing down in that capacity too.
In short, I have allowed real life to take over and my writing has suffered. As this season comes to a close and I am settling into a new (much calmer) job, I am looking forward to getting back to being consistent and rebuilding the community I have neglected.
2. My Audience Stats
Unlike my first month which I experienced a small spurt of growth, these last two months have been slower. Considering what I touched upon earlier about my lack of interaction, I’m not too surprised.
As you can see, since June I have gained 104 followers, and 1 email subscriber, and have lost the referred member I had in June. I was a little sad to see them go, but I’m glad they decided to give Medium a try through me.
I do still have all of my articles metered, which means that only other Medium members with a membership can access all of my articles. Not sure if this method is flawed and perhaps I should publish some articles unmetered, I don’t necessarily want to start experimenting.
Many of my new followers I do consider to have found me through the R4R group or when I leave a comment on another writer’s article.
With that said, let’s segway right into,
I’m still going to preface this by saying that I haven’t earned thousands on Medium in my short few months here.
In the last two months, I have earned $5.85!
(I count the months as the 23rd to the 23rd, so there were a couple of cents to add to the total between July and August.)
You can pinpoint exactly when I dropped a lot of my interaction on Medium. July was in line with my June earnings, around $4. I will finish August with barely $2 and I think this drop is a good reflection of my lack of interaction and honestly, a drop in my interest in Medium as well.
I do still cross-post my articles both here and on my blog, Cynthia In The Wild. Though articles about Medium, I post mainly on Medium. My blog has seen small spurts of growth over the last couple of weeks as my articles begin to slowly rank on Google, which is exciting.
I feel really motivated to turn my stats around. I’d love to be able to refer another member to Medium, even if it is only for a month. I’d also like to be a bit more interactive and let go of the feeling that my content isn’t good enough or worthless because it isn’t about the more popular topics on Medium.
Overall, I have found Medium to truly be a community platform first and foremost. This makes me hopeful about rebuilding a community and continuing to find like-minded writers.
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