How Writing on Medium Changed My Life
I’ve been writing on Medium for a little over a year, since April 2018. Since then, my output, my identity as a writer, and my network have changed drastically.
This isn’t hyperbole: my life has been greatly improved by writing on this site. No, I haven’t skyrocketed to fame, but I’ve learned a lot, and benefited from the people around me.
Here are just a few ways that my life has changed.
I’m writing more frequently
Ever since I had a pen in my hand, I’ve been writing. For many years I wrote alone. Now, I write with a cat curled up by my laptop, frequently demanding attention.
Throughout the years, work, school, and “a social life” (whatever that is) battled for my attention, too. Often they won out, and I would go a long time without writing.
No writing means no improvement, no chance at an income, and an audience that moves on.
Recently, I’ve written more than I have in years. I’ve written 150+ articles in the past year, with no sign of stopping.
I have about 75 drafts for articles I’m working on. Writing is now a daily habit for me, and it’d take quite a lot to break that habit now.
It validated my reading habit
I read a lot. Books, news, social media, science journals — you name it, I’ve read it. I at least glance at several major news sites every day. When I was a kid, my grandmother gave me a stack of Reader’s Digests, and I was hooked on periodicals for life.
Now, rather than call my daily perusal of news “time-wasting,” I can call it research. I save article links to Google Keep, and can scroll through them for story ideas. I also pin photos that spark ideas to Pinterest.
Before, this was just a fun hobby; now, it helps me add detail and facts to articles.
I’ve “e-met” some amazing writers
Whether I chat with them on Twitter, comment on their stories, or just read their work, I’ve connected with some amazing writers here. These are people I would’ve never found otherwise.
Writing can be lonely, and it can be hard to know whether you’re doing the right thing. Having other writers around is so helpful if I need to bounce off some ideas, or get inspired. I love reading about other people’s writing journeys.
I make money!
Okay, I’m not making a ton of money — certainly not enough to quit my day job — but having another check roll in is always welcome.
If you’ve been writing for any length of time, you know it can be pretty difficult to get paid for your writing. And I’ve never seen another site that has such quick payouts: I get my money deposited in days, not months.
Now that I’ve built a sizeable backlog of work, I predict my writing income will only go up from here.
I have an audience, and a future, for my writing
The best writing in the world won’t do you any good if nobody ever sees it. Your audience makes or breaks you, and so most of a writer’s career is spent building up that audience.
Medium gives me a chance to connect with readers, saving me a lot of time and giving me an instant audience.
The most encouraging thing I’ve seen so far is readers who are entertained or helped by my work. That inspires me to keep writing.
One of my stories was even translated into another language! Elaine Pinto translated my story about emotional labor into Portuguese. How cool is that?
I don’t know what the future holds, but I’m still here, fingers poised on my keyboard, and ready for it. How has this site helped you?