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Seven days ago, I never heard about Medium. I’m not a writer, nor am I a blogger. Now I’m enlightened that Medium was created as an extension of Twitter so that people could expand on their opinions. Because, you know, 280 characters aren’t always enough to express what you feel. Fun fact: I don’t use Twitter that often, which may have contributed to me missing out on Medium for all these years.

How Did I Find Out About Medium?

I’m openly addicted to Youtube. How often do you go down the rabbit hole of watching video after a video, completely forgetting about time? If this practice seems foreign to you: congratulations, you’re certainly a better human than me.

As an avid Youtube addict, I follow numerous artists and entertainers, primarily finance- and business-related channels. Sometimes I visit the dark side and watch lifestyle influencers; one of them is Shelby Church. If you haven’t seen her videos — look them up on Youtube, she has much inspiring high-quality content about life in Los Angeles and a millennial lifestyle — no, not only avocado toasts and other stereotypical stuff. Seriously, check her out, she’s fantastic.

Shelby made a video about making money on Medium. First, when I read this, I shook my head and thought:

Did she sign up for one of those scammy fortune-teller websites to pretend she can see the future?

It turns out; this is now what Medium is. Sorry, Medium! Clearly, you’re not a service charging $5 per minute to tell me who my husband is going to be.

What Made Me Sign Up?

I’m not doing too well in quarantine. It’s tough for many of us, and I’ve been looking for a source of inspiration, as well as a platform to express my thoughts and feelings. Medium could not have come around at a better time. The best part is, I can write about anything I want, no one tells me what topics to explore, and I can connect with other people. Not to mention how educational and inspiring some publications are.

Medium could not have come around at a better time.

7 Days, 10 Articles and 167 Views

I did not expect to have the energy and willingness to sit down and start writing articles. I suppose I have a lot to say and share with the world. Hopefully, it’s all about quality, not quantity, but so far, I wrote 10 articles. Not all of them are published, as I decided to take my chances with a few publications.

When it comes to views, I had zero expectations. Here is what my view count looks like right now:

But I posted links to my articles on Facebook groups, so it’s not a true reflection on whether the Medium community is interested in my work. I estimate only around 20–30 of those views came internally. And that’s okay! Even if I inspired one person or made one individual’s day more meaningful — I’ll take it.

You Can Make Income on Medium?

Earnings are not my primary motivation; the main goal is to utilize this platform for self-expression and mental health benefits such as not going completely insane while in isolation for months. I didn’t even realize first that you have an opportunity to earn a paycheque on Medium. My earnings are currently at $0:

It would be interesting to see a few dollars coming in once in a while.

The main goal is to utilize this platform for self-expression and mental health benefits such as not going completely insane while in isolation for months

What Is Next For Me?

The realization about the meaning of publications didn’t occur in my brain right away. I also don’t see any of my articles being curated, as it’s been 7 days, and it still says: “We are processing this story. Hang tight”. I suppose I am in the curation jail — but it’s all right. This morning I was accepted into my first publication, and let’s see if a few others agree to add mine as their writer.

The goal is to use my creative energy and produce a few articles that readers like. I seem to be getting a grip on things thanks to Zulie Rane’s amazing tips on how to write for Medium and what is expected from an author. As a brand new Medium member, I would highly recommend visiting her Youtube channel — there are many helpful tips and tricks available to newbies.

I suppose I am in the curation jail — but it’s all right.

The future is unpredictable. Let’s see how Medium works out for me. Thank you for reading! I hope your social isolation experience is going better than mine.

Written by

Canadian. Mental health activist. Banker and financier who drinks too much coffee. Pursuing happiness and sharing my thoughts with others.

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