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Taylor Clogston


I have the same problem =P I was writing an article with a very particular word count the other day, and I eventually realized I had to cut my favorite paragraph, despite it being snappy and punchy, because it did little more than introduce a concept the audience was already familiar with.

Regarding Medium, I’m very new and don’t have much advice. Here are my thoughts:

  • I’ve tried to use YouTube as sort of a replacement mailing list for a few years now. I published my first story on Medium last January.
  • I have 59 subscribers on YT and 9 followers on Medium.
  • My last video on YT (a critique of worldbuilding in Fawkes by Nadine Brandes), from April of last year, has received 50 views, hardly any of which were my subscribers. About 33% of viewers watched all the way through, while almost everyone else quit within one minute.
  • I published the article in the original post of this thread on December 31. It’s received 19 views so far, and 63% of people read all the way through. This article, since it mentions NaNoWriMo, probably has much more universal appeal than my Fawkes video, but there’s still some manner of comparison. My previous article, on intertextuality in Disney movies, had 11 views after publishing November 6th, but had 55% read-through.

(Generally, I’ve had much better visibility on Medium than YouTube. I intend to repost all my YT videos about writing theory and craft as articles, and assume they’ll do much better in a few months than they did over a few years as videos.)

  • Someone can read a few Medium articles for free each month, but then are prompted to pay for a subscription. You can get around this by opening the article link in a private browsing window, but there are a couple side effects:
    • People you share your articles with on social media, etc. may not be able to read the articles you send them if they’ve already read their free articles for the month.
    • Medium users seem to have a bit more skin in the game compared to other social media (and adjacent) platforms. You may see better engagement on Medium than on similar platforms.
  • Medium lets people sign up to receive email updates of your articles, and you can export your email subs to add them to an author mailing list.
  • Once you have 100 followers, you qualify for the Medium Partner Program and can earn money based on article views. I’ve not reached that count, but I’ve apparently qualified for two cents of earnings? I’m not entirely sure why that would be. Also, if you land a new subscriber (by them subbing to read your story or subbing when prompted after signing up for email updates) you get 50% of all money they pay in subscriptions in the future.
  • Medium gives you some control over how your articles look to readers, though nowhere near as much as WordPress or other software you’d host yourself.
  • There’s a tiny bit more legitimacy to Medium than to other blogging platforms, though it’s still a platform any random person can write on.

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