My first few months on Medium

My challenges and insights

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Hannah Olinger on Unsplash

Enter Medium

I have always wanted to write, ever since I could remember. As a kid, I’d jot down stories. In college, I wrote for the student newspaper. I wanted to be a journalist, but when the market crash of ’08 happened, I switched my major.

What I Learned

I really love writing humor! I haven’t done it since I was a kid, really, so I plan to do it more.

Publications

I’m not much of a “joiner,” but I do like writing for publications. I really should seek out more and write for them. Currently I write for The Ascent, Pickle Fork, and the evolution. They serve different audiences, but I really like the theme of each one.

Stats

If there was a “hide stats until you post your next article” button, I would use it. My stats have gone up and down, but it is a useful feature.

Formatting

Medium has some great basic tools for formatting. I have been experimenting with some other techniques, like section dividers, but I still get wowed on occasion by what people do.

I also like to use “pull quotes” to highlight what I think are the most important parts of a story.

Images

Images are a must in front of your story, and I’ve never broken that rule. Most publications require them, and they help your article look great. I have found that more inspirational images, like images of beaches or landscapes, seem to work better than, say, a picture of a lamp. However, my experience on that is very limited, so I’m not using it as a guide just yet.

My plan going forward

No clue! You could see a poem, humorous article, commentary or self-help piece. Or all of the above!

Written by

Article writer, aspiring YA novelist & health scientist.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store