Nineteen days ago, I wrote a masterpiece. Okay, perhaps it was not a masterpiece, but it was a story with a solution. A fix for a problem that has plague Medium writers for centuries. Maybe not centuries, but a really long time.
In my article, How I Separate My Comments From My Stories, I described the problem Medium writers were having with their comments registering as stories. Then I went on to highlight two solutions to the problem. One of them was a Chrome Extension developed by Yelysei Lukin. …
Question: When writing on Medium, which of the following metrics directly correlates into earnings? (Highlight the right answer)
You’re probably thinking, “this isn’t new information — most writers know Member Reading Time equates to money,” and you would be correct, except you’re overlooking two new aspects added by Medium:
How does an author’s homepage design affect Member Reading Time?
Why are authors getting Views but registering ZERO minutes?
To answer these questions, we will assess the following changes. …
Without question, one of the greatest privileges I enjoy on Medium is being the Editor of Fellowship Writers. Each morning, I uncover incredible stories, constructive comments, and words of encouragement from writers all over the world.
Beyond any metric, our community is proof a cooperative environment is possible on Medium.
So, as the Director of Transparency (sounds better than Senior Administrator in Charge of Clapping), I want to address the following question, “How much do Editors earn from their publications?” …
Becoming a Medium member has been an enriching experience. I’ve enjoyed reading numerous fictional thrillers, endearing poems, informative how-to articles, harrowing true-life accounts, and other works of creativity.
Most of my favorite stories are written by up-and-coming authors, who are working hard to make a name for themselves.
I prefer reading their content because I recognize their struggle.
It is analogous to choosing between college sports vs. professional, local boutiques vs. mega malls, corner bakers vs. franchised chains; I gravitate towards the tenacious underdogs because I consider myself a member in this category.
Which brings me to my point:
How can we support each other? …
Each week as I go through the community’s stats, there is one metric I follow more closely than others. It is the average that correlates with member engagement, but more importantly — shows how hard our members are working to support each other by leaving a comment.
What is the metric in question? The average number of comments per story.
Last week, the average number of comments per featured story reached a high of 10.4 comments per story. This result is 25.3% higher than Week Eleven’s numbers.
With a high-water mark of 291 comments left for 28 stories, we are proving a cooperative community is possible on Medium. …
Last Week, our community achieved another milestone.
We tallied an all-time high of 101 submissions. These were all of the stories sent to us to be featured. That is quite an achievement for our growing community. However, it is only a drop in the bucket in terms of the submissions we could receive.
As we continue to grow and approach the 1,000 member mark, we can expect more submitted stories, which we are thrilled with! So, with the growth of our community comes a need for an evolution of our publication guidelines.
Overall, our newest updates will make it easier for participating members to win the lottery. We’re making the feature process more inclusive and keeping stories on our homepage longer. …
An average of 40 new members are joining our community every week. This is an incredible accomplishment. It is a level of growth that was unimaginable in the early weeks of our publication. In those days, we struggled to gain our first 50 members. If memory serves correct, it took us nearly three weeks to hit that 50 member milestone, but here we are, ready to eclipse that marker every week!
At this point, we are more than a publication.
We are a tribe. A company. A circle. A group of dedicated writers who strive to help each other with no-strings-attached. The proof is the pudding. Check out each featured story, and you will find a consistent, dedicated group of members commenting, encouraging, and inspiring. There is no better example of a “relational” platform than our community. …
Happy New Year! Can you believe 2020 is over? For one, I am very excited to start the new year with the tremendous momentum of a restful holiday.
Like most individuals, I took some time at the end of December to spend with family and friends. That meant fewer hobby-related activities like Medium and more time to rest with loved ones. This time away is why I skipped week eight’s newsletter and picked back up with week nine.
Fortunately, we have a lot to catch up on, so without further adieu this week’s newsletter will cover the following topics:
We have all been there.
You have a question, and Google does not have an answer. How does the search engine dedicated to the mathematical expression 1 x 100th power not have an answer? You wonder what to do next. If only there were a place on Medium to ask questions from your fellow writers…
How about this next scenario?
You have a question about the platform but feel it is too simple to ask. You fear ridicule from other writers. You wonder what to do next. …
Can you believe the year is almost over? I am hopeful next year will be a great year. However, I’m not ready to shut the door on 2020. I am determined to end the year on a positive and grateful note.
I choose to focus on the blessings of this year instead of the challenges. For example, this year has helped me realize what is truly important to me — faith, family, and friends. Looking back, I wonder what took so long for me to focus on life’s priorities, but as they say, “better late than never.”
As part of my extended family, I want to wish each and every one of you — a Happy Holiday Season. I hope you have plenty of opportunities to relax, reflect, and give thanks for the many blessings. I hope you seize a moment to express to your loved ones — how much you cherish them. …